Since the very beginning, Octoshop has been on the bleeding edge. OctoberCMS was still in its early days — many features used by Octoshop were experimental and/or undocumented. I'd often walk into obscure bugs nobody else had encountered. Thankfully OctoberCMS is developed by great people, so I was able to work with them to squash those occasional issues.
I've always believed people should never be forced to pay for a handful of features they may never need/want to use. At the time, the best way to achieve that vision was to have two versions, and thus Lite was born. However working on Octoshop v2 - alongside both v1 and Lite - became increasingly difficult due to client projects. Eventually, I had to take a break.
Fast-forward a few months and October as a platform is much more mature. Many of the original hurdles are no longer a factor, and Marketplace has grown to a point where a multi-plugin platform is feasible. It was time to bite the bullet and go back to the drawing board... A new solution was needed that would be easier than ever to extend and use.
So there you have it. Octoshop v2 bares some similarity to PHP 6. It will never see the light of day, but that's not to say it was a wasted effort. All features that were added to v2 will also be available in the Octoshop Core family. Do I regret spending that time on v2? Absolutely not! The time spent on v2 taught me an awful lot and v3 (Core family) would not have been possible without it.
Thanks to each and every one of you that's supported Octoshop and its development. This is just the start, and I'm positive that you'll love what v3 has to offer.