Re: the people talking about software development as developers - yes, I get you. I have run a software development consultancy company for 6 years now, and have been in the software industry my entire life, and I feel I understand the processes of writing software pretty well. However, I can also offer some insight into marketing and selling software products. And often, developers get very caught up in the 'matrix' haha, basically, they see the process as the product and don't understand that customers don't see things that way, they see your product as more of a service. The audio industry is already full of vendor lockin, obscene orwellian DRM, DAWs which are slowly turning into nothing but sample-pack delivery systems, proprietary file formats, crazy levels of asset dependency hell, and the list goes on, adding vapourware to the list of concerns is sad. The team have produced some amazing software, I really do hope they continue to do so and don't decide to neglect it in favour of a unicorn - that's the way many software companies die.
As the software ecosystem (your operating system, plugins, new technologies and devices) changes, all software needs to keep up. It's never written in a vacuum. Take bitwig for example, they seem to be pushing out updates constantly and there's only two developers I believe? And yet it still crashed when Sierra came out, but they fixed the bugs and pushed an update.
When your only product lines stagnate and haven't even had a small maintenance release in over a year, it's safe to call your software vapourware. I have resisted the urge to tell people about renoise in the past even though I use it a lot and feel it is WELL worth the asking price, purely because I don't have any confidence it will stand up to whatever is around the corner. Any OS update could break it and we'd be out of luck - and saying 'don't update' is no where NEAR acceptable.
Refactoring and new ideas and new processes can seem like progress is being made internally, but in fact are killing output. I feel that's what's happened here.