The 32 bit Windows (win32) installers can be removed:
- Anyone doing a serious evaluation will be on a 64 bit platform
- Anyone without a 64 bit laptop can use the online trial
- Compiling new binaries for a very old architecture adds significant effort in our attempts to keep the installer binaries up to date
- Ghostscript replacement (REPO-2053) will be adversely affected if we have to compile on old hardware as well i.e. it will cause it to miss 5.2.1 or will delay 5.2.1.
From Paul Hampton
If the only reason we create 32 bit is to support trial I would suggest that we drop it. I can’t believe that we have that many people who download a 32 bit version (but I have a call out to Ian to validate).
So unless Ian comes back and says that the 32 bit trial is the most downloaded / used I suggest that we just drop from the list.
Thanks for the data. I asked Ian to pull the Enterprise trial data (1 months worth of data):-
• 32-bit = 35 = 8.4%
• 64 bit = 258 = 61.7%
• Linux = 91 = 21.8%
• OSX = 34 = 8.1%
We also tracked the countries that had downloaded the 32-bit and they were mainly from countries outside our target markets.
So the reasoning is that it should not have too much of an impact on sales leads; and not worth the extra Engineering effort to keep offering it.