1. · tom
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:04 PM UTC

Last year there was indication of a community version of Appeon Powerbuilder. This would be inline with most of the other development platforms where there are low cost or no cost developer versions.  These types of licenses are important in several areas including students, hobbyist, and  independent consultants ( A growing segment).  Here I create prototypes for potential clients. If a project is closed all the professional licenses are purchased by the clients. 

I am only am bringing this up because I believe the defacto industry standard has pushed development tools to the community / developer versions. Even Microsoft has been on board with this idea.  Powerbuilder at the moment is a hard sell to clients due to SAP's neglect to market it capabilities. I see in Appeon's roadmap that Powerbuilder can compete at the technical level however I am not convinced the  CIO, IT Directors are willing to get out of their comfort zone. 

Conclusion : I think the Community addition would increase sales in the professional versions. You could probably write off the community version as a marketing costs.


Tom Starkweather


Armeen Mazda @Appeon Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
  1. Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:53 PM UTC
  2. PowerBuilder
  3. # 1

Hi Tom, Good points.  We are currently planning to release a community edition targeted for educational/demo purpose some time in 2019.  Of course, we will still maintain the trial version as well for commercial evaluation purposes.


  1. Miguel Leeuwe
  2. Monday, 12 July 2021 13:43 PM UTC
I seem to remember that someone said it's not going to happen. Appeon changed their mind on this.
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  1. Olan Knight
  2. Wednesday, 14 July 2021 13:22 PM UTC
Let's face it: a community edition is ripe for abuse without a LOT of internal validation.

Sad, but true.
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  1. Roland Smith
  2. Wednesday, 14 July 2021 17:20 PM UTC
Prior to the Sybase takeover of PowerSoft, there was PowerBuilder Desktop. It cost $150 and was limited to ODBC database connections. It may have also limited it to local databases, that was a long time ago.
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