If you're thinking of buying IntelliJ IDEA, then you may want to do it before February 15th. According to an email seen on the Java Posse's Google group (and subsequently confirmed by DZone), that is the day the price of IntelliJ will increase by $100 to $599.
"At JetBrains, we feel we provide a great value to the marketplace. In spite
of the industry trends, we have held the IntelliJ IDEA price unchanged for
the past 5 years. To maintain the same level of quality in our product and
services, we now find it necessary to increase the IntelliJ IDEA regular
price from $ 499 to $ 599.
The new IntelliJ IDEA license price of $ 599 will be effective from
February, 15th, 2008. Any IntelliJ IDEA license purchases made before
February, 15th, 2008 will be honored at the current price of $ 499."
It's a bold move in a market where industry giants like Sun, IBM and Oracle are all competing hard to gain an edge with developer tools that are completely free. On the other hand, IntelliJ IDEA is adding support for Flex, Groovy and Ruby - much broader than it's original Java focus.
I had a chance to speak with JetBrains' own Ann Oreshnikova (also a Zone Leader here at DZone) who offered this additional explanation for the price increase:
"Honestly, the drop in the value of the US dollar is a big factor. We have to pay our team in currencies that are more expensive in terms of US dollars than ever before. We haven't raised prices in over 5 years, but the economics of foreign exchange are really beyond our control.
Even though the price is increasing, we believe that IntelliJ IDEA continues to deliver value for every single cent you spend. It's especially important to note that this price increase will not affect individual developers, the cost of our personal license is not increasing."
It's a hard reality to argue, since the value of the dollar has plummeted amidst global economic concerns about recession and the US economy. I'm persuaded, how about you?