“AxCrypt2 is awful! You took a really good simple product and fucked it up (monetized it)!”
That reads like a Trump tweet. Yuuge exaggeration of reality. Bad!
Yes, 2.x is more complex, but mainly in the initial setup, plus it has more settings overall.
The issue of wanting to monetize software is tricky since people have come to expect free things online. One tends to assume freeware is done as a side hobby but much of it’s a work in progress toward shareware, plus they have to deal with cracks (GoldWave was/is a prime example; very good program). My sympathies are with the programmers, not armchair gripers who won’t post detailed context.