I don't think it's wrong - There is a lot of work behind it and you can just give a euro, a dollar, a pound - you won't be getting any poor from it...
I think the approach of forcing a donation is wrong.
He could just say FMRTE is no longer free, and it's instead sold for at least 1 EUR because he needs to justify the time spent on this project and hopefully make a profit; either that or no more FMRTE for the world. That should be a reasonable explanation.
Some kind of warning beforehand would be a decent thing to do as well. It's a bit odd to go premium-only all of a sudden for the same FM version you released a fully functional free version weeks ago.
A lot of people around the FM community have worked hard for various projects and reasons, but still share their labor for free. Are they idiots? The truth is money changes most people, and this usually happens once we have to make a living on our own, away from the parents.
...and the program is just very well and helps a lot. FMRTE is a great program.
I've never used it and I shouldn't be qualified for an opinion about its usefulness. However, what I've realized is that FM would crash and corrupt savegames with increased frequency since people started using that program.
Of course people would blame SI for a buggy FM at any case, because they wouldn't accept it was something wrong they did. In the end, the author himself makes the program available as beta with a 'use at your own risk' warning...
People need to stop thinking everything is free, because one day things will cease to exist, music, programs etc.
I totally agree, but it wasn't like he didn't get any money in return apart from recognition. Obviously most of it should have been used to cover the site expenses, but I still believe it's his choice to make the program 'donation-ware' and not a dead-end solution.
I mean he tried using ads in the past within the program, and he has been monetizing his site with ads since I remember; it has good traffic, so in theory the ads revenue shouldn't be bad. There have also been volunteers who donated until now. This year he's making some profit from FM sales and from downloads as well. I'm not implying he's by any means rich because of the above, but you get my point of having a choice.