It’s a difficult topic for sure. On one hand, I guess everyone understands the need the developer has to secure a continuos cash flow to support them and they can continue to develop the app. On the other, the majority of us, the users, despise the subscription model with every atom of our existence 😂
The current approach, offering subscription AND a lifetime license may look like a good compromise (even with the huge price increase), but evidently it brings a good deal of unease to the user base, making us wonder if this is the first step towards becoming a subscription only app in the future.
I’m sure all of us certainly appreciate the fact that, as existing customers, we get a lifetime license. It’s a wonderful gift for sure and I love it. On the other hand.. if you think about it, “lifetime” means exactly that: the lifetime of the app and no one knows how long it will last in it’s current state. Let me clarify: the developer can release an “all new app” under a different name that’s subscription only, and the current ArtStudio Pro won’t be updated any more. That’s the end of it’s life and we’re done, we either suscribe to the new app, or pack our bags an move on.
It has happened before with other developers and other apps… and that’s the scary part. For me, Forger comes to mind.
So far, I appreciate the gift Lucky Clan has given us, their existing users. But I also feel a bit concerned about the future.
Some communication from the developer would be great.