TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-05: TextExpander 6 and the Software Subscription Debate

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TextExpander 6 is out and it fired up the software subscription debate. Greg Scown from Smile Software, along with Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro, join Jeff Gamet to look at subscription software models, what benefits they can offer, and why some people oppose them.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-05: TextExpander 6 and the Software Subscription Debate

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The new subscription model is NOT for me. I don’t share my snippets. I don’t need to sync. I don’t need a Windows version. The cost for features I don’t need is just too high to justify.

I’ve used TextExpander for years but it’s not the only snippet expander on the market. I’ll be moving to another app that doesn’t make me pay for features I do not need.


I’ve been considering getting TextExpander, but now that that they’ve switched to a subscription model I’ll be looking for something else thanks.

I much prefer to pay once, and and enjoy. I have the feeling that the subscription model is more about continuing income streams for the developers than customers getting value for money. Sure, a small monthly charge isn’t so bad, but over time it really adds up.

Calum Benson

The whole sharing and syncing thing does sound like a bit of a smokescreen to me… Dropbox already has those features built in and you can already store your snippets there, so seems hard to believe they couldn’t just have leveraged that somehow for the few people who need that functionality.

Frank V

I consider myself a light user of TextExpander, only at home and on my iOS devices and I don’t sync my snippets with other people. At work I have to use a PC and am not allowed to install third party software. Let alone “key-log” software. So this new cloud sharing features are of no use to me.

Furthermore I now have to worry about the security of another cloud. The other day I was working on my VPN setup and copied and pasted my settings, including my password several times and then TextExpander suggested to make a snippet from my password. Information I don’t want to end up on some cloud server.

I don’t mind paying for a new version, but I don’t want yet another subscription. This way I don’t get new features or fixes anymore, what happens when a new version of OS X is not compatible with the version of TextExpander I have?

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