One of our favorite photo editor for both iPhone and iPad, Darkroom, is adding a trio of new features and is making some substantial changes to its business model.
Moving to a Subscription Model
The biggest addition in version 4.4 is the ability to watermark images when exporting images. You can set a text or image watermark while also controlling the size, location, opacity, and typeface.
With an export summary, you can see important options during the process like file type, quality, and more.
You can also select from a number of different icons to appear on the homescreen.
There are also some major changes coming to the app’s business model. Previously, you could make a smaller in-app purchase to unlock a selected feature or a larger purchase to unlock all of the functionality. That now changes with this release.
The most important news for users is that if you’ve paid for anything previously, all of the premium features are unlocked.
New users will need to pay a subscription of $3.99 per month of $19.99 per year to unlock premium features. App co-founder Majd Taby explains more about the change in a blog post:
As we embark on this new phase of Darkroom’s life, we need to ensure that we have a healthy business that can support its continued development and the investments necessary to get there.
Subscriptions will hopefully increase our revenues and with that, we can hire more people, invest more heavily in our infrastructure, and expand the scope of our ambition. We have 5 years of history to demonstrate our commitment, and we hope you in turn trust us with yours.
Darkroom can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. Many of the features can be unlocked with the subscription.
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