So I don't really know what to say about all that, I can see both perspectives.
On one hand if you use freeware or shareware products consistently it is best to put your money where your mouth is and support them. Having said that, if you're offering something for free it doesn't make much sense to get upset if people take you up on it. Put a price tag on your product if you want to be paid for it, or take the ignorance with grace and learn a lesson on why capitalism is the way it is, and why communism failed.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, that's life.
It doesn't matter how much one appends 'this is not a rant' to a rant, it remains a rant, and this particular rant is a big 'fuck you' to everyone who ever did do the right thing by supporting the developer.
Having said all that, it is hard to watch someone get broken like this. This is a reminder to all of us on how we ought to behave despite the blanket of anonymity that the internet provides. There is a human being on the other end of the cable, and that being is capable of suffering.
We all must hold ourselves to higher standards, and act as though children are watching and learning, as on a long enough timeline, on a large enough scale, the children are watching and learning.
I am currently writing a paper on the morality of digital content piracy, which I hope to release soon, and will go into some detail on my journey through the philosophy of that subject. For now, I would say that there is very little integrity in the world of the internet, and the fixing of that problem rests with individuals like you and I.
If you presume that there is nothing at stake but the profit margins of a faceless wealthy company, you are wrong. Companies are just people when all is said and done. This is a small piece of evidence of that, but I assure you there is much more. Watch this space.
In the interim if you are looking for the latest Ivy files I have decided to share them here. As you can see above, I have the author's express permission to do so.
These may well be the final builds. I don't really know what to advise you to do in terms of supporting the developer, as he or she has closed the door to that. In theory it would be a good gesture to support them for the use of the plugin, which is what I will be doing. In general though I would urge that we be mindful of our conduct online.
Live truthfully and treat others as you would like to be treated. The Golden Rule of moral philosophy. It's simple, but it requires constant attention.
Only individual integrity can inoculate humanity against the festering immorality that bubbles beneath the surface of the internet. This tool is very much a double edged knife.
You can download a .zip file containing all the binaries from 2010-2018 here;