I like the app pretty well, for the most part. I am one of those who purchased the full app a while back, only to have it go to a subscription model at a later time. I can still use the version I purchased, so that’s a plus, but of course there are no updates for it. I understand a developer’s desire for a constant revenue stream from an app, and with so much software moving to subscription-only, it must seem like a no-brainer to follow suit. What developers don’t appear to think about is the effect on the end-user when everything is going to subscription. $5 a month isn’t bad, but when you have multiple applications that one uses on a daily basis going to subscription, the cumulative effect is much greater. Some apps don’t make the cut, and this is one that hasn’t made it for me thus far. Maybe I’ll re-visit that decision in the future, but given that $9.99/month get you the entire Office suite, I think $5 is too high. Also, once you get into the developer’s ecosystem, you’re at their mercy. This is true of all subscription-based software, not just Ulysses. These developers have already shown a willingness to require a subscription for past purchasers of the full software. There’s no reason the subscription price couldn’t be raised just as easily. It’s a question of how many of these models you want to become dependent on, and how much you want to shell out each month. At $5, Ulysses doesn’t bring a commensurate level of value. Maybe that wil change in the future, but these are important considerations when evaluating a subscription-based app.
Edited to Add: Turns out you can get this on SetApp. If there are other applications on SetApp that you want, then a subscription with that service could well be worth it as a way to get Ulysses. Of course, the devs could pull out of SetApp and hurt the users who go that route, so be warned.
I should point out, also, is that one aspect of the pricing change seems particularly galling—if you paid full price for the prior version of the app, you don’t even get bug fixes anymore. At least, I haven’t been getting any. I can see not pushing feature updates to those people (and to justify a subscription, I think you need regular, noticeable feature updates), but everyone who paid full price for the software at any point should be getting bug fixes. That’s just fixing something that was wrong with the product at the time they purchased it.