Thank you for your honest and well-grounded opinion. Here at The Welkin Suite we value it greatly. Moreover, you may not even be surprised if I told you I completely agree with you.
I will tell you even more - to regard TWS as a completely finished product, personally, I would like to see a far more rich spectrum of features and more polished functionality. At the very least, I would like The Welkin Suite IDE to have the final (and not beta) version for Mac and Linux, static analysis of the source code, integration with all of the most commonly used source code repositories, integration with the project management systems and Continuous Integration services, intelligent deploy system, let alone the multitude of features the administrators need to speed up their work process and minimize the number of errors. The list goes on, and we can spend endless hours discussing the functionality The Welkin Suite IDE needs. Furthermore, let us not forget about the new possibilities of Salesforce, which have already been announced, and which are no more than a few steps from being implemented: artifacts, IoT Cloud, new Wave and Lightning possibilities, and many more. It stands to reason that The Welkin Suite should keep up with these updates as well.
Nonetheless, the reality is that to keep up with the advancement, we need resources. For two years our team tried to do our best (having released 47 updates to TWS in less than two years) to make your work with Salesforce more comfortable, fast and intelligent. However, to continue with the improvements of our IDE, we need your help. That is why we are making The Welkin Suite IDE a paid product.
Wrapping up, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the release of the production version will feature an update to the auto-completion and usability. These updates will not be final, but I would like to emphasize that we are tuned to the needs of the Salesforce developer community, and that as always, we know what is important for our users, and go to great lengths to solve any type of problems.
I hope for your understanding.
CEO of The Welkin Suite