The no local vaults isn’t the real issue…although I and others users prefer to do it with DropBox or iCloud to separate the password part from the sync part. The issue with it is that they’re removing a feature that users want because forcing the subscription makes them more money and they claim that the Secret Key on the server end makes it more secure…when in fact it is just a second password just like the DropBox password is a second password that needs cracking to get access. From a strictly math standpoint…they’re not lying as the really long but not as complex as it should be Secret Key results in trillions of trillions of centuries to crack as opposed to just trillions of centuries to crack DropBox and Master passwords…but in reality trillions of centuries is good enough.
Subscription or not really isn’t a major issue either…although I and others prefer they would offer both. I realize they need revenue to fix bugs and add features…but most of the features v8 adds are either aimed at enterprise clients or at reducing their costs…but we can live with that and the no native client and the no local vaults if we have to.
The no local backup is the real issue that people on their forums are disliking…not being able to have a local backup of your data that can be cloned, backed up, and restored when needed without support from their end is simply ludicrous…they originally said it would be coming in a “later release” than v8…but now their employees are saying a “later release of the beta v8”…so either they changed their minds about it, failed to communicate clearly, or are just trying to smooth the waters and hope people forget about it I don’t know…but they’re saying (albeit unofficially and not from corporate management) i5 will be in the release of v8…and that v7 will continue to work but without all the nifty keen stuff we died in v8 and won’t be maintained. If they were to state that both versions would be kept up to date with OS releases until some date in the future it would actually calm the waters more…but to me and others 5hey are clearly shifting business models to be primarily oriented at enterprise users…which is a terrible shame for a platform that started on Apple devices and would not be where they are today without the support of Apple users and it seems like a little more loyalty to long term users is in order.
At this point…I’m waiting to see what happens and gathering options just in case.