The upcoming version of Simplenote allows you to buy a premium subscription at a competitive price. If you use Simplenote in your daily life, a premium subscription will give you additional power, reliability, and flexibility.
Our goal with the subscription is to add significant value to your experience. Of course, buying a subscription will also help us pay for our costs, and support future development.
It’s easy to subscribe: when the next update is released, simply visit the Options page on your iPhone or iPod touch and tap Premium Features. Wait for the price to show up, press the button, and one year of premium features will be yours. The cost will be $10 per year (US).
Premium features will initially include the following:
Automatic Backup. For peace of mind, Simplenote Premium will regularly backup all your notes. You’ll rest easy knowing that older versions of your notes are accessible in the web app if you ever need them.
Note Merging. Simplenote syncs your notes automatically. But if you edit a note in two places at once without a sync happening in-between, then a conflict can arise. Simplenote Premium does extra work to try and intelligently merge your notes in this case. (Note that this feature is currently not available for very long notes, nor for notes synced via the API).
Create By Email. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could turn an email into a note? With Simplenote Premium, you’ll get a private email address for creating new notes by email.
RSS Feed. RSS is a publishing format you can use to read and share your notes in a variety of ways. When you subscribe to Simplenote Premium, you’ll get your very own RSS feed.
Unlimited API Usage. When you use Simplenote Extras, such as desktop applications and scripts, we need to reserve the right to limit your usage to about 2000 API requests per day. With Simplenote Premium, your daily usage is unlimited (as long as you don’t abuse or misuse the system).
Insider Access. With your purchase of Simplenote Premium, you’ll get early access to new services for the duration of your subscription.
Premium Support. Our regular support is usually quite fast, but with your subscription, we’ll give you a high priority support address.
We hope you’ll consider this option when it becomes available! In particular, some of you are heavy users of 3rd-party extras like SimplenoteSync and JustNotes. We’re happy that you try to melt our servers with your ongoing syncing! But after the update is released, if your usage surpasses the API limits, we’ll let you know and invite you to upgrade to a premium subscription, or tell you what to do to lower your usage.
Lastly, if you’re interested in reading a little more about Simplenote, its history, and the people who make it, we’ve also posted The Surprising Story of Simplenote today over at the new Cloud Factory website.
The Simplenote update is “In Review” again over at Apple, so hopefully the wait won’t be too long!