I just know I'm going to get flamed here, but here goes...
After paying full whack for Max 5, I was disappointed to find the interface so sluggish as to be almost unusable. Eventually I decided it was unusable, so I reverted to Max 4.
Very few bug fixes later and the price has dropped significantly. Oh, and if you buy it now, you get a free upgrade to v6. Which sort of promises to deliver everything that v5 should have been. Nice.
I feel well and truly stung. The upgrade price for Max 5 users is a slap in the face, especially considering that we have to pay extra for the code generation goodies.
Oh, and curved patch cords? That doesn't fill me with much confidence that the canvas is going to be any faster at all.
Even if the performance goes through the roof, the upgrade path should still be significantly cheaper. c74, think of it as an apology to the disappointed customers you already have.
And if the canvas is still just as sluggish, then you ought to make it a free upgrade. Think of it as a compensation payment.
Sorry if I've offended anyone here, but I can't help but feel cheated.