i realy did not intend to start some fight here!
I just came to get help in regards to using either Drafts 4 or 5 (non-pro).
After reading what was written and reconsidering the options, i think i will start with Drafts 5 and just skip Drafts 4.
I do fear that at one point i may feel the need to get the subscriptions features.
Subscriptions in general:
What i wrote about subscriptions is my deeply felt opinion and everything i wrote was just an argument against subscriptions in general.
It was not a bashing of the developer of Drafts!
Subscriptions will hurt the customers and finally hurt most of the developers.
There is only one economic model that works - the model that always worked for everything:
You have a competition of developers and you have a market for their apps, where a certain amount of money is available in total and then you have the customers, that finally distribute that money.
And all of this only works when customers finally get what they want and in turn provide enough money to the developers.
That means that there are good reasons to have the developer STAY in competition.
And the subscription model is breaking this. It bind the customers money to some few developers and in turn removes the competition from the developer, as he get´s money anyway.
This is bad!
In the low-price world of iOS, developers can only get new money for new Apps or from new customers.
So far, the normal model was “buy once, use forever - including any updates and fixes”, as we know it from Windows.
This needs to change to “buy once, use forever - including necessary fixes, but without major additions and major new features”!
This is the only economic model for iOS that reaches those two goals:
Have a competition between developers and fix the problem that developers could only get money from new customers or from totally new app.
Subscriptions at Drafts:
And now returning to Drafts and it´s developer:
You are right, we don´t know his economics in regards to this app.
But i can only image that the list of subscribers is by far fewer that the list of customers who bought a former version of Drafts.
That may still prove to be OK for him, as the price is about 4 times higher than formerly and is returning every year. But that blocks out very much existing and future customers! That is not a Good Thing for a developer and his Apps. Even with subscriptions, you need to expand the market, continue to improve your apps and get more customers.
The other solution:
I am sure that he could increase this income when he - maybe addionally - offers major versions like 5, 6, 7, … at PRO level for a fixed prices, maybe even that of a yearly subscription!
This way, old and new customers could jump on the band wagon who never would consider a subscription!
And they would get a stable, supported version … until the next version arrives, one year later or even longer.
But they could continue to use their old version!
If the new version is good, they WILL finally buy it anyway.
And this is totaly conform with i wrote above, the ecomics are right and both customers and developers benefit!
So, maybe i could explain a bit better what i was trying to say