On with it,
15+ years back I didn't need apps like GenieScount to play CM, but now with a full time job, living with my g/f and all that jazz I'm more of a casual player in the sense that I look to cut corners on time sinks in the game (training, tactics, scouting), thus Eugene's little monster is among factors that almost make the difference between FM being playable/unplayable for me time-wise.
Now, with utmost respect to Eugene for sharing this wonderful app FREE OF CHARGE, I'd be thankful whenever GenieScout comes out, I don't mind the wait. At the same time I would love if it was released close to FM's release date, but I stand by the opinion that the lack of financial incentive to motivate any app's developer tends to make things naturally go slower/lazier (no pun intended).
I'll probably be flogged because of the suggestion but I'm one of those who would gladly pay a nominal fee for a software like this. Seeing that FM itself isn't expensive (comparing to other games, I pre-ordered for less than 35EU), GenieScout could be like 5euros (one-time payment, no monthly fees). I'm aware this was attempted before, but back then some key features were turned off in the free version of Genie. Instead, why not make both Premium and Free versions to be full-featured, BUT have the Free version released XY months after the Premium one (ie. 2 months after Premium release) and apply the same XY months delay method for updates of the app that make it work with future FM patches (those who buy the Premium will be able to download updates as soon as they come out, whilst others will wait ie. 2 months).
I am aware of the general guidelines that 'mods' and similar stuff should be free and pro bono, but apps like Genie are sophisticated much more than mods, and the first thing that strikes it's user when double-clicking the shortcut is that a lot of time/effort is needed to make/maintain an app like this one.
Please note that I suggest this with the best intentions, with priority being:
1) 'Assurance' that Genie will live on.
2) Eugene being somewhat compensated (or even rewarded depending on how many people would pay, I guess even 1000 people would be great) for this wonderful piece of software.
3) Users getting some sort of 'satisfaction guaranteed' mainly when it comes to release dates (we won't tolerate paid waiting Eugene, no, no :D) but also other things.
Furthermore, with a financial incentive other developers might come out of the mist with their own ideas and innovative stuff who otherwise won't bother putting XY days of work into something that is free, and all this could start a cycle that could eventually lead to a boom in the development of this kind of software for FM.