Why we’re switching Ulysses to Subscription – Building Ulysses – Medium


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Ulysses-kirjoitusohjelma siirtyy tilauushinnoitteluun. Tämä malli on ainoa järkevä kehittäjien näkökulmasta, vaikka (itseni mukaanlukien) ihmiset haluavat edelleen ostaa eikä vuokrata softaa. Itse ehkä kuitenkin möisin myös vanhan version "ei tukea"-versiona niille jotka eivät halua vuokrata. Fakta kuitenkin on se, että tuotteen kehittäminen ja korjaus maksaa, eikä kukaan varmasti oleta kenenkään sitä ilmaiseksi tekevän.
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2 hours ago by Uninen
Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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4 days ago by jackysee
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4 days ago by danimad
The software business is changing. Paid upgrades are dead in a post App Store world. Subscriptions seem like the only / best option going forward.

Let’s map this onto Ulysses for a moment: If you bought Ulysses at its launch in April 2013, you will now have received nine major feature releases. For free, at no additional cost. At least 80% of that originally purchased app have since been scraped and replaced. Its functionality has quadrupled during the same time.

Each of these nine updates required a considerable amount of time on our part, which of course translates into a considerable amount of development cost. But with customers ever only paying for the development of the current version — how did we manage to finance new versions then?

The answer is simple: New users.
Or in economic terms: Expanding our market.

Now, as long as there was a strong-enough flow of new customers every month, development costs could be covered by those sales. But since ours is a growing product (updates!), it hence needs a growing team (more code), which means growing development costs (devs need food), which in turn means we need an ever-growing stream of new users.

Needless to say, solely relying on new customers to keep your business going, is a very unstable idea — at the very least, there will come a time of full market saturation, right? ...
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5 days ago by jefframnani
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6 days ago by mht
Good explanation of the dynamics of running a software company in an era of free OS updates and downloaded updates, and why this makes subscription pricing sensible.

In short: need updates for OS compat, avoids holding back features for big releases with associated marketing and revenue spike, allows one price for all platforms, plus trial periods.
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6 days ago by mr_stru
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7 days ago by kohlmannj
Great piece on why subscriptions work best for productivity apps.
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7 days ago by stinkingpig
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7 days ago by stevenbedrick
Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this (tl;dr): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and subscription is the only way we can truly deliver on that expectation. The following post then, is the long story. via Pocket
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Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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7 days ago by greeno
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7 days ago by k2theiely
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7 days ago by keithprime
I use Ulysses and have purchased it on both iOS and macOS. They, like Bear, have become another subscription based writing / note taking app. I subscribed. I get the economics and I want to support key software that I find valuable.
7 days ago by thingles
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7 days ago by broderboy
Great post about why subscription is the way forward for software by

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7 days ago by NeoNacho
Ulysses Is Switching to Subscription Pricing
7 days ago by nimprojects
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Max Seelemann, development lead for [Ulysses]:

Before getting into details, though, you should know that this switch was neither a quick decision, nor did we take it easily. We have been talking about it for over 2 years now. We’ve had uncountable discussions, and the topic came up at least once every month — yet we always postponed a decision. The sheer complexity and far reach of this change were too intimidating. I am not exaggerating in saying that this was the hardest decision in our whole time as professional software developers. After all, we have a system which currently works — after 14 years we are still around, Ulysses is still “a thing”, it’s even going better than ever before, and there are no immediate signs which hint at a change coming soon.

So why bother at all then? Well, we need a good way forward before we run into trouble. We want to make sure the app will be around for years and years to come. We want to heavily invest in its development, and this requires the right setting for our team, our families and our users. Writers want to rely on a professional tool that is constantly evolving, and we want to keep delivering just that.

This is a really thoughtful article, and I fully support their decision. I think subscription pricing is an excellent option for truly professional apps like Ulysses, particularly ones that are cross platform (Mac and iOS).

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7 days ago by josephschmitt
Max Seelemann, development lead for [Ulysses]:

Before getting into details, though, you should know that this switch was neither a quick decision, nor did we take it easily. We have been talking about it for over 2 years now. We’ve had uncountable discussions, and the topic came up at least once every month — yet we always postponed a decision. The sheer complexity and far reach of this change were too intimidating. I am not exaggerating in saying that this was the hardest decision in our whole time as professional software developers. After all, we have a system which currently works — after 14 years we are still around, Ulysses is still “a thing”, it’s even going better than ever before, and there are no immediate signs which hint at a change coming soon.

So why bother at all then? Well, we need a good way forward before we run into trouble. We want to make sure the app will be around for years and years to come. We want to heavily invest in its development, and this requires the right setting for our team, our families and our users. Writers want to rely on a professional tool that is constantly evolving, and we want to keep delivering just that.

This is a really thoughtful article, and I fully support their decision. I think subscription pricing is an excellent option for truly professional apps like Ulysses, particularly ones that are cross platform (Mac and iOS).

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7 days ago by rufous
Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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7 days ago by nerd_uprising
Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this (tl;dr): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and subscription is the only way we can truly deliver on that expectation. The following post then, is the long story.
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Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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Today, we are switching Ulysses to a subscription model. The short story is this ( tl;dr ): Our users expect a continuously evolving high quality product — and…
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7 days ago by dannystewart