By John Gruber
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TJ Luoma, on Smile shipping the newest version of TextExpander as a $45/year subscription service:
To be clear, I’m not saying that the Smile folks are bad, evil, mean, money-grubbers or anything like that. What I am saying is this: as an experienced power-user of your software, I do not have the slightest clue why you decided to make this service mandatory when it seems to offer very little for individual users, and I have no idea why I should pay a monthly fee for something that has worked fine before. What problem does TextExpander 6 solve for me?
I can’t answer that question.
And if I can’t answer that question, Smile has a big problem.
Subscription pricing makes sense, but I do think $45/year is a bit high.
Update: Joe Cieplinski has a good take, too.
★ Tuesday, 5 April 2016