I don't think you took the time to READ: "When a public release is ready, it'll be free to download for anyone!"
The older versions are still available FREE. The coding work being done by Sonic Ether and Sildur is not free any more than your time is free, were I to ask you to do some project for me, for example. NOTHING in life of value is free EVER. It always costs someone something,and the fee isn't always in money. If you can't grasp that you are doomed to a very miserable life full of disappointment and regret.
That said, the older "free" shaders are still available to you, if you wish. The one being worked on is still buggy and has problems. People who pay for the "buggy alpha" are paying so YOU can enjoy a "free" working version... later. So if you can't pay for the buggy alpha version being worked on now, you will just have to "buy" the completed, working version with your time and patience. Life's like this.
it could be months or years before it gets released to the public,
and i'm probably not even going to bother.
it COULD have been updated as it was before with new updates for free. but they CHOSE to put it behind a paywall just to make cash instead of having optional donations or something its just straight up behind a paywall.
Ok, when you learn to code and you spend your free time working on a software project in high demand and release EVERYTHING for free, come talk to me about it. Until then, the fact remains you are complaining that you are NOT getting a buggy, "alpha status" shader with lots of work to be done yet because Sonic Ether has decided people like *YOU* who can't appreciate the work involved would do nothing but complain about how this doesn't work, that doesn't look right, and it's a crappy, shoddy release. If given free, you would complain to anyone who will listen how SEUS PTGI is garbage. It sure sounds best for him having the shader behind a paywall in reserve for people who grasp the work involved. Those are the people capable of showing appreciation for Sonic Ether's work by cold cash rather than endless whining.
All the complaining in the world about how unfair life is that you can't use SEUS in it's BUGGY ALPHA stage for free won't deliver a finished working product that WILL be released for free one day earlier than what SEUS PTGI is ready. But hey, at least Sonic Ether will be hard at work for those who understand and appreciate the work involved.
Of course you may have an opinion. Opinions are great. EVERYONE has an opinion. Your opinion plus $10/ month will get you access to the buggy, not-yet-ready Alpha version of SEUS PTGI.
Otherwise, you appear to have crafted your opinion just exactly so nobody capable of producing the things you want would be willing to do so for free... for you. As it is, while I did *NOT* care to spend $10/ month on a buggy, not-yet-ready Alpha version of SEUS PTGI, you appear determined to force me to budget that cash somehow simply so I can enjoying having it, even if it really isn't stable, practical, or ready for use just yet. Maybe your opinion *is* of benefit, at least towards getting people to support Sonic Ether's work on the shader. Opinions can be like that. Reality, however, doesn't much care about anyone's opinion. Reality just is.
Don't bother with this guy, if you look on his profile, all of his comments are just complaints after complaints. He's only on the forums when he needs to complain and not contribute. Just thought I'd save you the lifespan on your key switches lol.
It isn't hate. It is hope you would respect the right of people like Sonic Ether to choose how and when they release the things you wish to enjoy. And nothing is going behind your back, it's all right here. It is just my opinion. I can have my opinion, right?
Oh look! As MadMaxz26 notes, you already have a track record for those who create things. This will help someone like Sonic Ether decide to consider your input on the things they create. Isn't that nice?
I agree with you we can TOGETHER stop the complaining. YOU can stop griping about Sonic Ether's paywall for ONLY his latest, buggy, not-yet-ready ALPHA version of SEUS PTGI, and you can enjoy what he does have available, or you could in fact pay for it to help support the project, and enjoy SEUS PTGI as it is warts & all. For my part, I'll stop pointing out the reality of your complaints not getting you anything of what you want and how your complaints actually discourage anyone from considering your input into the process. Are we agreed?
My hope is that you can find the right Minecraft experience you are looking for. I highly recommend Sonic Ether's free ready-for-release plugins available for download on his website. That should hopefully be pleasing until SEUS PTGI is ready for free download as well. I've been fortunate to contribute to those projects I enjoy, even if only a little, because I really want to see people like Sonic Ether keep doing their "thing." They can't cash my good intentions or well wishes, but if I can help make it worth their time to sustain their projects, it is all to the good. *MY* good.