I have been looking into using spacy for an entity linking pipeline for my startup, and there's no way to know if it is good or not without trying it on my own data, which means that I have to annotate. Prodigy seems like a good tool to use for annotation, but it only has lifetime licenses. That is a pretty high price tag to pay for something that I just want to try to see if it works for me, especially since I'm running a start up right now and need to be self conscious.
The thing is I'm even happy to pay for a month or something just to try it out, but there is no such option! Obviously there's no way to get a wheel back once someone downloads it, so maybe that's why. But perhaps you guys can have a hosted version that people can subscribe to and try out first.
It must be a common problem that someone needs to try a tool on their own data before committing to it -- in data science you just never know until you try it on your own data, and the barrier to trying is way too high right now.