Have you noticed that a number of Mac/iOS apps are moving to a subscription service? There’s a reason for that. Many of these developers are individuals or small shops. Apple’s App Store rules require that an update is always free. The cost of creating new features cuts into their bottom line. Their only options are to forget updates and create a “new” app instead or to offer a subscription service.
Two of my favorite apps have gone to subscription. One is the Ulysses writing platform and the other is Day One. Day One recently announced a Day One Premium. People who are using the earlier versions of Day One can stay with it. Day One Basic will continue to receive maintenance updates but will be limited to one journal, one photo per entry and no cloud services.
Premium subscribers receive the following features:
- unlimited journals
- unlimited photo storage
- up to 30 photos per journal entry
- a 25% discount on book orders.
If you don’t already have it, premium subscribers can also get the Mac desktop app at no cost.
The Day One Premium subscription is $3.99/month or $34.99/year and is paid via an in-app purchase. If you bought Day One prior to this upgrade, you receive a lifetime discount of $2.99/month or $24.99/year also via in-app purchase.
An Android version of Day One is now available at Google Play.
Is it worth the price? It is to me. It has become an easy way to document my world for future generations and pass on what I know about our family’s past. The publishing feature is quite impressive and, since Markdown is the the technology used to save my entries, these stories will remain readable long after today’s technologies are forgotten.