I really like this app, but I paid the full price for it not long ago, believing that I was making a good investment in an app purchase much like buying the full version of Adobe Premeire Elements, or another similarly-priced app, only to see in my updates that Ulysses has now gone the way of other apps with a costly monthly/6-mo/yearly app fee. I don’t know why I would bother subscribing to this app when I have others that will accomplish about the same, and at around the same price. Think about it — the full suite of Microsoft products is $69 for a year — including their publishing app, Word, Xcel, Outlook, etc and allows me to do even more than this single app. Why the heck are the developers charging $40 for an annual subscrition that’s just ONE app, and not an entire suite of productivity apps?
Yes, it’s a good app. But so are the others I mentioned. I think you’ll find that people like me, who tend to purchase a lot of apps for the full range of Apple devices on the market (Desktop, Laptop, iPad, iPhone, iWatch, iPod) are going to eventually say “enough-is-enough” and scale back on purchases for fear that they will be a waste of money when that service also decides to tack-on subscription fees in addition to the original cost of the app. This app wasn’t cheap when I paid full price for it. I don’t recall the exact amount, but it was something I had to think twice about before hitting the purchase button. I don’t mind paying for an app that I will use on a regular basis, and that pays for itself over time, but I refuse to duplicate apps anymore just because one might have a few different “bells and whistles” than another similar app.
I can publish to blogs, publishing sites, and create a variety of documents with far less expensive apps on the market — some that are designed for the specific platform that I use to host my blog. I can find any number of apps to publish photos to those blogs, and to insert them into the text in attractive ways. I can find any number of templates that allow me to accomplish the same things as Publisher, Word, etc that don’t cost anything, or that I can pay a small fee to own. That includes scripts, screenplays, and other professional writing tools.
I can also SYNC these other apps with all of my devices without paying for another subscription-based app like this one.
Please, folks, give some thought to those of us who’ve owned this app since it first came out, and have been loyal customers. Had you done that before going sub-based, you’d have made it possible for us to use all of the features of this app without getting greedy and wanting more money through your subscriptions. For literally $2 more a month, I can subscribe to an entire suite of products that are equally as good, if not better than this app in many ways. I use both Windows-based and OS X operating system devices, and this app doesn’t do cross-platform, from what I can tell.
Yes, it’s a good writing app for professional writers. I have done both in my life — Publishing in the Washington Post, and other daily broadsheets, as well as magazines, etc. I have published many photographs during my lengthy career as a photojounralist on Capitol Hill in DC, and like the ability/flexibilty of this app to add images and create unique layouts, etc for business reports, or my blog — or for a client. But please don’t get arrogant and think that you are the only game in town. There are plenty of other worthy competitors out there who I’m equally happy with, and who don’t disrespect loyal customers with a bait-and-switch subscrition service after they pay full price for an app they believe they own at the time they shell-out $$$ for it.
One last thing - for people on a budget who don’t want to shell-out the full-price of an app such as this, or who might find themselves using it less and change their minds about subscribing, this might be a great app for you. It’s certainly got a lot of nice features and that’s why I gave it 4 stars. Give it a try. At least you know what you’re paying for upfront and won’t feel taken advantage of because you bought an app that you now learn you didn’t really buy.