I totally agree with your sentiments.
I would've like if Astropad offered in-app purchases for some of the Studio features without subscribing to the perpetual "rent-a-software" model.
For instance, lets us have an in-app purcjaee fpr speed bump to what is half of the speed of the Studio version. I not asking much but faster Astropad Standard that is closer in speed to the Studio version.
An in-app purchase for the multiple shortcuts sets.
I bet all or many of us would rather pay a series of flat rate in-app purchases to get some of the better Studio features that we were ALL promised.
I can't and don't want upgrade to a subscription model.
Fot starters, I don't use the Apple Pencil with my iPad Pro. I much prefer Adonit Bluetooty stylii with my iPads. Adonit stylii are better designed with better materials and are better thought out!
AND I need to keep my older iMac on OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks becausevI use a lot of older, legacy software. So, this rules out ever being able to take advantage of the Studio subscription model anyways,
We can only hope that Astro-HQ keeps their promise to keep developing and improving both Astropad versions.
I agree with you though about their attitude about their previously paid customers, like us.
It is like they are telling us they don't care about us or our needs for Astropad any longer since we already paid and are not paying them any longer.
I'll pay them more IF they offer more of the speed and productivity features of Astropad as a flat rate, in-app purchase/s
I'll pay them some more to get better features witout the subscription/"conscription" model.
I was one of the early users who paid the $49.99 price tag when Astropad was first introduced in the Mac App Store,
So, I feel more "burned" than those who only paid the $29.99 price tag for Astropad Standard.
Come on Asrto-HQ, give us Standard users some of the MAJOR improvements you are making available only to the paying Studio subscribers!
As another note on costs.
Do you know if you subscribe to Astropad for 10 yeara at the flat $64/a year flat rate, you have paid the developers $640! AND YOU STILL DON'T OWN THE SOFTWARE!!
Is Astropad iOS app worth $640 for 10 years of use?
If you can't afford to cough up the $64 per year flat rate and choise the EVEN MORE "ripoff" monthly $8 per month rate, at the end of 10 years of using this app, you would havd paid Astro-HQ $960!!!!
Nearly a THOUSAND DOLLARS! That is $100 per year (at the $8 per month rate) you would pay!
Is Astropad, an iOS tablet drawing/ mirroring app, worth $1000 you would pay to the developers at the end of 10 years!!!
You end up paying the developers an extra $360 dollars at the end of 10 years subscribing by the month!!!!
AND YOU STILL DO NOT OWN THE SOFTWARE OUTRIGHT!!!
This whole suscription model feels like one giant money grab to me!