Omni Group Announces OmniPlan 4, New Purchasing Options

· Kelly Guimont · News

OmniGroup has released OmniPlan 4, a new version of resource planning software. Kelly got a quick look at the app’s new features and updates, and also learned about new purchase options.

Setapp (the Netflix of Mac Apps) Just Keeps Getting Better

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has been a fan of Setapp (the Netflix of Mac apps) since it was introduced and thinks it’s a fantastic value, allowing you to use any or all of its 180+ high-quality apps for just $9.99 a month.

Photo App Neural Cam Moves to Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Link

Neural Cam promises to give you Night Mode photos even if you don’t have the latest iPhones. It costs US$4.99 up front and recently moved to a subscription of US$4.99/month or US$35.99/year.

I’ve never used the app but people are saying the app is taking away features that people had paid for and locking it behind a subscription, a clear violation of App Store Review Guidelines, section 3.1.2(a).

Update: NeuralCam reached out to me to clarify: The Pro Pack is optional and only adds features for Pro users who subscribe. There’s also an additional 12-month introductory price at US$2.99/month. Finally, no features will be taken away from existing users.

Darkroom Photo Editor Latest to Go Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Link

Darkroom app logo

Darkroom is the latest app to move to a subscription model. It affects new users only, and current users won’t lose their premium features they paid for.

For new users, Darkroom will cost $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. And there is still a one-time purchase option at $49.99. Darkroom hopes that a switch to a subscription business model will increase its revenue and thus expand development of the app.

Subscriptions are annoying, but I don’t blame developers so much as Apple. This is exactly what they wanted because it means more money for them. I don’t Apple will ever add upgrade pricing to the App Store. That doesn’t benefit them. Subscriptions are part of Apple’s new Services business, whether the apps are Apple’s own or not.

An Apple Arcade Yearly Subscription is Here

· Andrew Orr · Product News

You can now sign up for an Apple Arcade yearly subscription. Previously it was only available as a US$4.99 monthly subscription.

WordPress Subscriptions Come to Websites

· Andrew Orr · News

WordPress is adding a feature that will give websites a new way to earn money: WordPress subscriptions via Recurring Payments.

Apple News+ Now Available in Australia, UK

· Andrew Orr · Link

Apple news+ text

News+ is Apple’s new subscription service for news, and today it’s available for customers in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Apple News+ subscribers can access more than 150 publications in Apple News+, with a one month free trial available to test the service before having to pay the £9.99 (UK) or $14.99 (Australia) monthly fee.

Available magazines and publications in the UK include The Times and The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan UK, more.

Magazines and publications in Australia include The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, more.

Podcast App Pocket Casts Moves to a Subscription

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Popular podcast app Pocket Casts is now free with an optional US$0.99/month or US$10/year subscription. The previous price was a one-time fee of US$3.99. Pocket Casts CEO Owen Grover told TechCrunch: “We understood pretty clearly that we were limiting our reach and limiting the number of users that could enjoy the quality and power of the app and the platform. It felt penny wise and pound foolish to continue to collect a few dollars at the top … We have the benefit of these owners who are supporting us in a way that allows us to grow our audience, habituate new listeners and deliver a pretty terrific user experience.” App Store: Pocket Casts – Free

DoNotPay Can Manage Your Free Trials

· Andrew Orr · Link

A service called DoNotPay can manage your free trials. Sign up using its digital credit card number and you won’t be charged when the trial ends.

The Free Trial Card is a virtual credit card you can use to sign up for free trials of any service anonymously, instead of using your real credit card. When the free trial period ends, the card automatically declines to be charged, thus ending your free trial. You don’t have to remember to cancel anything. If you want, the app will also send an actual legal notice of cancellation to the service.

I’m interested to try this out. Currently I use a service called Privacy, which lets me generate virtual cards that I can lock to a certain merchant or money amount. The story by Wired is about free trials, but the app description sounds like it can do more, calling itself a “robot lawyer.”