First up congrats to the Astropad team on making a great product even better with Astropad Studio.
I understand the subscription model and everything it entails (both pro’s and con’s) for both the developer (a forecast guaranteed income does keep the accountants/shareholders at bay) and for the end user (more cons for the end user unfortunately).
Having said that, and after running the free trial, I won’t be subscribing to the Studio simply because I don’t want YET another subscription for yet ANOTHER digital ‘service’, especially when that service performs a SECONDARY FEATURE (really well I should add) like mirroring, which let’s face it, Apple should have included in iOS when they decided to label the larger Ipad “PRO”, what’s next, paying a monthly subscription to other mac-photoshop extenders like Kyle’s brushes?
If the Astropad team ALSO offered a non subscriber, ONE-OFF purchase for say $99, I would buy it in a heartbeat, I would also be willing to completely re-buy the app in a years’ time when/if it has extra features added. I REALLY DON’T LIKE BUYING PRODUCTS based on the extortion and beta user model, it’s not about the price, I’m happy to pay what you want, I just refuse to buy products that are completely disabled when I stop ‘adding’ to my investment in a simple utility, I’d prefer to re-buy the software each year ala the old days of Roxio Toast than have the software disabled on me and my investment useless in the future.
It’s a shame there isn’t an option for BOTH subscription AND outright purchase.
Then again I probably should have just bought a Microsoft Surface instead of the Ipad which always seems to REQUIRE work-around after work-around solutions for features Apple should have included (and now Astopad want to charge a monthly fee for).
Sorry If the above came off a little harsh, you folks are doing such a GREAT job with Astropad, it’s just that the subscription only/disabled software model kinda sucks and leaves a bad taste with the end user, most of us ONLY put up with CC subscription because we HAVE to, if you’re going to learn anything from Adobe and Apple please don’t let it be… arrogance.
PS It’s a shame the standard version didn’t ALSO get the Liquid upgrade, I would have happily re-purchased the standard version again for that feature alone, please don’t let the standard version gather cobwebs.