Why Pixelmator Photo is switching to subscription pricing (and a sneak peek at Pixelmator Photo for Mac)
TL;DR: Pixelmator Photo will now cost $4.99 per month, $23.99 per year, but existing paid users get unlimited access for free. Also, Pixelmator Photo for Mac is coming! What’s more early subscribers will get access to it for the same monthly price, which will go up when the Mac version is out.
Read the full post on our blog.
We've got plans for updates to the iOS/iPadOS version of Pixelmator Photo before the Mac version is released. As for Pixelmator Pro – we don't have any immediate plans to move to subscription pricing and there are several (genuinely really cool) major updates in the pipeline that will be free as usual.
Yep, that's the plan!
It looks like this is possible and we'll do our best to make it happen.
We haven't made any decisions regarding this, so there's really not much I can say here. We've always strived to be as fair as possible as far as our users go and that's not going to change.For existing users is this free forever or for x years? Darkroom did something similar and at the time said existing users who had purchased would continue to receive updates forever. Earlier this year they changed this to 2 years since subscriptions were introduced and put the lifetime price up significantly at the same time.
Pixelmator Photo and Pixelmator Pro are designed for different workflows – the first is exclusively for photo editing (specifically for working with many photos at a time) and the second is a layer-based editor, which also includes a suite of photo editing tools. If you have lots of photos that you edit in your library (and often in batches), then Pixelmator Photo is for you. If you edit photos occasionally and also need design and illustration tools, then Pixelmator Pro is the app for you.
Just in case you missed this in the blog, if you've already paid for the app, you'll keep full access to it without having to pay again.
Not at this time, but we'll obviously share news about it if and when we do have one.
I still wanna support you, but will wait to feel the prices for real.
Pixelmator pro next?
If that goes down the same route then I'm sorry but you lost me.
Subscriptions are a massive rip off. Constantly paying money for a product you never truly own.
As for the App Store not providing upgrade pricing, that is something you should take up with Apple, or provide a way to purchase/upgrade direct from your site.
I have no problem with paying for a major upgrade. It is then my choice whether I feel that the new features are worth the price. I never understood why subscription pricing is usually significantly more than one would pay for the original purchase plus annual major upgrades.
I use Pixelmator Pro enough so that it resides in my Dock. I'm quite concerned that I might be locked out of future updates if it too goes to a subscription model.
Keep up the great work. I won't subscribe to use your app.
Not having to pay for a subscription was THE reason that I began using Pixelmator products (Primarily, Pro). Simply the risk of you switching to a subscription for Pixelmator Pro is enough that I've decided to stop using it after reading this announcement. It'll be annoying as hell, but as I found a solution for not paying for a subscription for Adobe, I'll find a solution for replacing Pixelmator Pro.
Some of the reasons are quite silly too, especially #4.
No, it's not—at least not as far as customers like. Instagram blindly said the landscape is changing and are on their way to being a poor TikTok clone.That’s what we’ve been doing until now and it hasn’t served us badly, but the landscape is changing ...
Subscriptions for car features, for printer features, for many apps, etc. It's wrong.
A big one? You're pricing out a lot of people. Again, a key reason that people use Pixelmator products is because they're affordable and not a subscription. You've lost that now.It’s more expensive.
There's other pricing models. For example, buy once + get updates for a duration of time, after which you don't get updates.