$25K and yet I can get all the same basic features in Ignition Edge for only $1500. Why the disparity despite so many of the same features? Because they are targeted at two different markets. Likewise Maker’s is aimed at a third market and despite having overlap it’s not equivalent to the $25K full version nor the $1500 edge version.
I am extremely pleased to see Maker’s edition, I requested this very thing close to a decade ago I think. IA choose to make it free and I’m asking to pay for the ability to use it! If that means loosing features then I’m all for it. Honestly a single web client, some serial comms, and some modbus comms and you’ve filled the needs for the vast majority of the maker’s community while at the same time introduced them to the concept of Ignition for automation.
But who’s talking about making things for someone else’s use? There are plenty of uses I personally want to use Maker’s edition for that would benefit (and in some cases require) separating them out into individual products. And there is a whole maker’s community out there that already exists that would jump at a good priced top end that I would love to point them toward Ignition as an efficient means to add a user interface to their projects, but 3 projects is a major limiting factor.