Posts Tagged ‘Price’

February 22nd, 2011
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TinyGrab for iPhone

Yesterday I wrote on TinyGrab’s awkward position with the Apple iOS and Mac App Stores. It turned out to be a blog post which fell under a lot of scrutiny and attracted a lot of attention, something I actually hadn’t expected. In between now and then a lot has happened, including Steve Jobs making a clarifying statement on in app subscriptions.

To reemphasise my points from yesterday we have never had a problem with Apple wanting a cut of any sales that they help solicit. It’s completely fair enough that Apple should want and receive revenue for hosting our app and making the payment magic on their end. The issue that we had was that Apple didn’t make it possible for us to use their new In App Purchasing Subscription service to actually facilitate this and make it happen. When a user subscribes in an app, through an IAP, you’re blind. You’re not given any information on the user whatsoever and to try and solicit it from them also breaks another rule; it was an incredibly grey area and after talking with Apple directly things just weren’t any clearer at all. We need this information to tie a subscription to a TinyGrab account. We need to know which user has subscribed to TinyGrab in order to deliver their purchase to them, something that is not seemingly possible with the current system.

All of this was the case until MacRumours published an email from Steve Jobs this morning. The email simply stated that the new subscription rules applied only to apps which sold content; in other words newspapers, music apps, video sites etc. This clarification from above is certainly welcomed in open arms, but when I published my post yesterday it was an incredibly grey area and there wasn’t any clarification. When we had talked to Apple they weren’t able to shed any light on the topic and informed us of our almost certain rejection. Their reasoning for the TinyGrab app remaining in the store in its current form is because the current version was uploaded before the new terms came into effect. Steve’s email is the very first kind of clarification that we’ve had on the kind of apps that have to abide by the new terms. It appears as though Software As A Service has just been given the all clear. I had reached out to Apple again before publishing my post yesterday, but no clarification was given, just a link to Apple’s guidelines for app submission.

As I stated yesterday, if Apple’s terms prevented us from actually submitting our iPhone app to the iOS store we would simply stop officially developing and supporting it. Luckily for lots of TinyGrab users and fans it appears as though this won’t be the case. With Steve Jobs’ clarification on subscription terms and SaaS behind us, we will continue to develop the current version of TinyGrab for iPhone that we’re working on and attempt to get it into the iOS store.

TinyGrab is all about simple and social screenshot sharing. You can sign up for a free account today at TinyGrab.com and start sharing your grabs with the world in seconds. TinyGrab 2.0 development continues and we aim to have a stable early general release for Mac OS X users later on this week. Windows and iPhone users can download and sign up for a TinyGrab 2.0 Beta account at http://beta.tinygrab.com

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Founder & Project Manager

January 11th, 2011
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TinyGrab for iPhone 2.0

TinyGrab for iPhone is the best way to share screenshots and pictures on the go, simply and socially. TinyGrab for iPhone first made its debut in the iTunes App Store last May, over the Christmas Holidays TinyGrab 2.0 for iPhone was released. Today we’re making TinyGrab for iPhone a FREE app for everyone in the iTunes App Store. This isn’t a one off promotion, this is our new price point. We believe that everyone should be allowed to have social screeenshot sharing on the go. A TinyGrab account is still required to use the app, but it’s incredibly easy to sign up for a free (or Premium) account at http://tinygrab.com/register.

TinyGrab for iPhone 2.0 adds social screenshot sharing to the existing iPhone app, with Twitter and Facebook integration; along with uploading directly to your own FTP server and synchronising your recent uploads with your desktop TinyGrab 2.0 clients.

Available today through the iTunes App Store, TinyGrab for iPhone 2.0 is a free download for everyone. We hope that this will encourage more people to adopt simple screenshot sharing on the go.

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager

November 10th, 2010
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TinyGrab 2.0, it’s the buzz word that we’ve been chucking about for the past few months, but what exactly is it? a very good question that needs answering. TinyGrab 2.0 is a complete rebuild of the original service that you use and love so much. Rebuilt from the ground up, we’ve also added a tonne of new features and REALLY improved on our current offering.

“That’s all great, but how much will it cost?”, “I’ve already bought TinyGrab, will I have to pay AGAIN?“, questions that need answering. Hopefully this post will be able to answer all of your questions.

We’re incredibly grateful to all of our customers, users and fans, without you none of TinyGrab would have been possible. We want to be able to give you some shiny new toys to play with, to say thank you, but we also need to think about the future of TinyGrab; we need to pay the bills and keep the fridge stocked. So this is how pricing is going to work. Currently we have a two tier system, TinyGrab Free and TinyGrab Premium. TinyGrab Free is, well, free. TinyGrab Premium currently costs £10 and will give you unlimited lifetime of service access to the service. With TinyGrab 2.0 we’re renaming TinyGrab Premium and calling it TinyGrab Basic; we’re also adding a new and third tier called TinyGrab Pro. Anyone who currently has a TinyGrab Premium license will automatically switch to a TinyGrab Basic license when we turn on TinyGrab 2.0; there will be no extra charge for this. However, we’re scrapping the one time fee approach and moving towards a renewing annual subscription model instead. The new tiers/plans of service and how much they cost are in the chart below:

TinyGrab Feature Comparison Chart

As you can see, TinyGrab Premium/Basic is going under a price cut and TinyGrab Pro will retail for the same price. Now, time to squash all of those questions you have about being an existing TinyGrab Premium user. If you have purchased TinyGrab Premium, or received a license through the MacHeist/other promotion, then your account will switch to TinyGrab Basic. HOWEVER we promised you that your license would be for the duration of the lifetime of the TinyGrab service, it still will be. Your account will switch to TinyGrab Basic at NO EXTRA charge and we will NOT be charging you annually for continuing to use TinyGrab. We want to reward your loyalty, not punish you. It’s only fair, right?

We’re still working out details for promotions / trials / upgrade plans, but the chart you see above is the new pricing tier plan for TinyGrab 2.0 and a list of the features that you will get with each account. We’ve worked really hard on this and hopefully we’ll have your full support and backing. Please do let us know what you think to the new pricing structure and change.

Best wishes,

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Project Manager