As I mentioned before in the first preview of Writers App 2.0 and in the first preview video, Writers App 2.0 will be available in two versions: BASIC and PRO. This blog article shows the differences between the two versions and explains how users of the BASIC version can easily upgrade to PRO without the need of copying their data into a new app or paying twice.
To be honest: First of all I planned to only develop a complete new app called Writers App PRO and leave the existing Writers App BASIC exactly as it is. This is also the reason why Writers App has been developed again from the ground and changed so massively in the UI; it is a complete new developed app. But while this new Writers App PRO grew and grew I thought it would be a shame to leave the existing Writers App BASIC untouched and to just release this new version; this is no way I want to work with all my customers who have paid for using Writers App and love the app as it is. So in the last half of the development process I decided to also update Writers App BASIC so that it receives at least the great new UI and the new surface.
Upgrade to PRO
Writers App BASIC 2.0 will have exactly the same features as it already has all the time; I won’t reduce or cut any features from this version. Furthermore all user of the current version of Writers App BASIC will get the complete new UI and the new surface for free with the update to version 2.0. The app will still cost 0,99$ and offers an in app purchase for 0,99$ likewise which allows you to unlock all the PRO features within Writers App BASIC; so there’s no need that all users of the BASIC version who wants to use the new PRO features buy the new Writers App PRO. This mechanism makes it as easy as possible for all users to gain access to the new great features you can use with Writers App PRO.
Writers App PRO instead will also be available as an own separate app on the iOS App Store and will cost 1,99$. This new app will be interesting to all users who are new to Writers App and are sure that they want all the features the new PRO version offers.
The PRO exclusive features
So far the fundamental information about the two different apps Writers App BASIC and Writers App PRO. As you can see there isn’t any problem to unlock the PRO features at any time within the BASIC version of the app, even if you first want to try the BASIC version and may upgrade the PRO functionalities later. Now let’s talk about the functions you gain with the new PRO app or PRO upgrade. Below you find a list with all the extra new features that are only available for PRO users:
- Define your own categories for the properties of your stories, chapters, characters and places
In Writers App PRO you have the possibility to not only use the given categories like plot, role or look for the elements within the app. Furthermore it is possible to create your own categories and to manage them. Thus you gain maximum flexibility in creating and planning your story.
- Create additional notes for every element
Writers App PRO offers a completely new notes function which allows you to create an unlimited count of notes for each element. Furthermore you can set one of three different colors for every note so that you’re able to differentiate between them easily and with only one look.
- Synchronize your contents fast and easily via iCloud
iCloud is now available within Writers App PRO and allows the synchronization of all of your contents and stories between all your devices on which you install Writers App.
- Export your story as TXT file with markdown formatting
Writers App PRO does not only offer to export your stories via TXT file. Additionally you can export them as TXT files with a given markdown formatting which makes those files more readable in other apps which support markdown as well.
- Set your own images as cover for your stories
In Writers App PRO you have the possibility to add an own image to every story you have within the app so you can personalize your stories directly on the start view.
- Lock the app with a passcode or Touch ID
Writers App PRO offers you to lock the app with a passcode so that only you can gain access to your contents and stories when starting the app. Furthermore Writers App PRO supports the Touch ID sensor to unlock the app.
- Use the new backup function to automatically create backups of your stories
Security is important, more than ever in case of sensible data like your own stories. For that reason Writers App PRO has a new integrated backup function which is active by default and saves your contents whenever you leave the app. You can restore those backups at any time easily from within Writers App or export those backup files via iTunes.
As you can see I’ve developed a lot of new additional functions to make Writers App even more better and more user friendly. I hope you understand that such a massiv development process is not for free and that I have to pay my bills, too. Therefore I’ve chosen this way to sell Writers App BASIC the same way as before and offer the new additional functionality as an in app purchase and as a complete new app so that the users – you! – can decide if they need or want the extra PRO functions or are happy with the BASIC version of Writers App.
At the moment I’m working on the last tests and improve the app, but it seems that I’ll submit the update 2.0 of Writers App BASIC as well as the new Writers App PRO next week on the iOS App Store. We hopefully don’t need to wait too long until these new versions will be released; I’m really looking forward to it and I hope you as well! 🙂
Thomas – Developer of Writers App