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Ulysses, infected by a trendy virus, changes to all-Subscription model

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Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Aug 11, 2017 at 01:21 AM

 


>The blogs uses the common coffee-justification: “that’s pretty
>much a coffee to go” [each month].  Just to say it: I’m getting tired
>of everyone explaining their pricing in cups-of-coffee equivalents.


Agreed. I’m still wondering where one purchases this five-dollar coffee they speak of. I’ve never spent that much for a cup of coffee in my life, and I’ve even frequented “hip” organic Fair Trade coffee shops…

And with more developers coming down with this infection, I think it might be time seriously consider more open source software or something.

 

 


Posted by Luhmann
Aug 11, 2017 at 02:03 AM

 

I too found the Ulysses app post with its comparison to the price of coffee quite offensive. However, I found this Medium post by one of the developers to be much more thoughtful:

https://medium.com/building-ulysses/why-were-switching-ulysses-to-subscription-47f80b07a9cd

However, even though I bought it and qualify for the reduced price, I won’t be paying for it for the simple reason that I prefer Bear. For one thing, the Bear developers have been making regular and significant improvements to their product, so I feel my $15 a year is well spent, while I have not seen any features I care about in Ulysses get any significant improvement in years. (Tagging, for instance, is still very poorly managed.) But when it comes down to it, I just like using Bear better.

I don’t mind paying a subscription for an app but it needs to be reasonably priced, demonstrate continued development, and/or be something truly unique. Bear at least gets 2/3, while Ulysses falls flat on all three.

 


Posted by Luhmann
Aug 11, 2017 at 02:07 AM

 

One result of apps going towards subscription models is that whereas before I would have kept them on my desktop and used them occasionally, now I just delete them, because they are generally useless (i.e. won’t sync) if you don’t pay. That means I won’t learn of significant upgrades or consider using them in the future.

 


Posted by apb123
Aug 11, 2017 at 05:46 AM

 

I despair about this…

I have a policy of no subscriptions for apps. I have a policy of trying to reduce any unnecessary recurring expense and it has served me well all my life. Ulysses is just..a text editor..take a step back and it is ridiculous to ask for a subscription. I dont mind paying for ugrades if I use the app but not to subscriptions. Regular payments for my account are for mortgages, bills, etc…not for software.

I have had to say goodbye to Textexpander..Dayone..1password..and now Uselesyss. Now please please please Devonthink don’t go down this route.. I dont know what I would do.

 


Posted by Charlie
Aug 11, 2017 at 06:20 AM

 

what alternative do you use for textExpander?

apb123 wrote:
I despair about this…
> >I have a policy of no subscriptions for apps. I have a policy of trying
>to reduce any unnecessary recurring expense and it has served me well
>all my life. Ulysses is just..a text editor..take a step back and it is
>ridiculous to ask for a subscription. I dont mind paying for ugrades if
>I use the app but not to subscriptions. Regular payments for my account
>are for mortgages, bills, etc…not for software.
> >I have had to say goodbye to Textexpander..Dayone..1password..and now
>Uselesyss. Now please please please Devonthink don’t go down this
>route.. I dont know what I would do.

 


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