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Drafts 5 Joins The App Subscriptions Black Hole

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Like I had always stated I am open to paying for good apps especially apps I use constantly.

What I am not a fan of are app subscriptions.

That being said I have been paying a subscription for a couple of apps. And yet another of my favorites app is also moving to a subscription and is starting to feel a bit overwhelming.

The popular note-taking app Draft will be moving to a subscription model starting with version 5. At $20 a year I think is a bit pricey.

Drafts 5: Capture ‣‣ Act

My current app subscriptions.

  • Newton Mail - Email App $49.99/yr
  • Evernote 69.99/yr
  • Ulysses $39.99/yr
  • Bear $14.99/yr
  • VSCO $19.99/yr
  • Adobe Photography $99.99/yr
  • Dropbox $99/yr
  • Google Drive $99/yr
  • TextExpander $24.99/yr
  • 1Password $34.99/yr
  • DayOne $24.99/yr
  • Grammarly $69.99/yr

I am probably forgetting some but that will just give you an idea of how expensive these subscriptions are becoming. And that's not counting services like Apple Music, Netflix, YouTube Red, Hulu, SS etc.

Do I see value in app subscriptions?

Yes and no. Some app subscriptions definitely offer value. Like the Adobe Photography plan I remember paying $150 and $700+ every couple of years for Lightroom and Photoshop so at $120 a year they are a steal. Newton Mail offers me the piece of mind with my emails so it’s worth it for me.

Now the ones I really see it as overpriced at the current yearly price are Ulysses and TextExpander for the rate of updates on this app and the mature nature of them I don’t think a subscription is really worth it.

Will I switch out of them? Ulysses, I am pretty sure I will keep using it for the time been but I keep looking around for an alternative. But TextExpander I am definitely dropping as soon as the subscription expires. Definitely no value on it. The app still buggy and I don’t see a deference from the when the app was a stand-alone purchase.

And Drafts 5?

I don’t know yet I guess at least a year to see if it’s worth renewing

App developers really need to analyze if their apps are really subscriptions worthy.

Why I switched to Newton Mail for Mac and iOS?

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Luckily for Mac and iOS user, we have great options when it comes to email clients. Starting with the native Mail app and other great options like Spark and my previous go to client Airmail.

I had been using Airmail for Mac since 2014 and Airmail for iOS since 2016. Before 2016 my iOS client was CloudMagic what today is called Newton Mail.

I was very happy with CloudMagic but it when from free to $25 a year. Now as Newton Mail it cost $49.99 a year.

So why I returned to CloudMagic (Newton Mail) now paying $50 a year?

 Newton Mail for Mac

Newton Mail for Mac

Airmail is a very powerful app and it cost just $10 for Mac and $5 for iOS and those are one time purchases, unlike Newton Mail yearly recurring subscription.

The reason I decided to go back to Newton is that while Airmail is great it can be buggy at times especially on the sync front. And while the apps are clean they aren’t as clean and eye pleasing as Newton is.

Newton sync and supercharge features are also a must. The read receipt is better implemented than Airmail and Spark similar features.

The all account sync is also better, unlike Airmail I don’t need to input the password for each account when login in on a new device and unlike Airmail they also offer Android and Windows apps. I am not a user of neither but I am glad the option is there just in case.

 Newton Mail For iOS

Newton Mail For iOS

Paying a subscription for a great app isn’t a big deal for me I like to support great apps and knowing how the developers are making their money is relieving. Unlike Spark, that is totally free but how they plan to profit from the app is a mystery. It could be gone in time or they could sell your data with free apps you never know. Or they could pull a CloudMagic and start charging after all.

So in short

So this are the reasons I decided to give Newton a one year try after testing it for free for 14 days.

  • Great design
    • Reliable fast sync
    • Multiplatform support
    • Fast customer support
    • Support the developers
    • Better implementation of read receipt and send later features
    • 14 days free trial

If you will like to try Newton free for 14 days click here for iOS or here for Mac it will give you a free trial off all the platforms clients.

Gboard The Best Third Party Keyboard For iPhone

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I have tried every third party iOS keyboard including Microsoft Word Flow, Fleksy, SwiftKey, Swype, Microsoft Hub, TouchPal, Typeeto, Clipped among other. Some of them are very good and some are not.

But yesterday I installed Googles Gboard and finally I found a third party keyboard worth using.

Gboard allows you to search google directly from the keyboard without leaving the app you are using. It can also search for images, gifs and even emojis. The keyboard is fast and it also has a built in Swype style text input.

After using it for the last 24 hours I can say I am hook. This is a super convenient keyboard.