I have to say, I cannot imagine how the DEVONTechnologies people could have done this better than what they have done.
A free trial, followed by:
- a subscription (at a lower price) for those who may want to use DTTGv3 without committing to it
- an option to pay-once for those who want to buy DTTGv3 without a subscription.
- upgrade pricing for those who bought DTTGv2
That is, I believe, the best possible set of options anyone could reasonably expect.
For the past several months there has been a lot of angst and anger about whether DTTGv3 would be a subscription or not.
When I saw the actual announcement and the pricing options available, I expected to come here and find a thread where all of the people who were angry in anticipation of subscription-only pricing expressing their relief and gratitude that there is an option to purchase the app and upgrade pricing for those who bought version 2.
But there was no such thread. At least, none that I could find. If I missed it, please add a link below and accept my apologies. (There is some discussion here but I think it warranted its own thread.)
I’m no stranger to criticism, either on the giving or the receiving end. I think it’s fine to express opinions, disappointment, frustration, etc. And I have a lot of subscriptions too, so I understand the “subscription fatigue” that people feel even if they aren’t stridently opposed to all software subscriptions.
Having said that, I wish that we, collectively, as people on the Internet and people in general, would do more to express gratitude and thankfulness. So that’s what I’m here to do and invite others to join me if they are so inclined. I saw the option for a one-time purchase and breathed a sigh of relief, and wanted to express that to the DT team.
I am reminded yet again that grateful people become happier people, not the other way around.
I’m also aware that it is not an easy time to be software developers in the Apple ecosphere. There are lots of companies/apps that didn’t survive the “iPhone software bubble” and prices that were pushed towards $0. Apple continues to make it difficult to offer upgrade pricing in their app stores, and much easier to just offer a subscription. Any developer who does not choose that route has opted for the more difficult path, and possibly a difficult path that is less profitable. I don’t intend to rehash the whole debate about software subscriptions, only to point out that making a different decision than “subscription only” is noteworthy.
Which is a lot of words to use to ultimately just say “Thank you.”