I used (and loved) Ulysses for certain kinds of text, just as I love and use Scrivener for other kinds.
However, this subscription model puts me off. The moment the permanent version (that I still have installed on my Macs) fails due to incompatibilities with future versions of macOS, I’m off.
No subscriptions for me.
The whole idea of subscriptions simply does not fit to my personal style of software acquisition. I don’t mind paying for software. Heck, I hope I notice in time that Scrivener 3 is out (there will be no update in the AppStore app, right?) that I can purchase it as early as possible. I also buy software from time to time that I like and want to support even though I will not use it heavily straight away. The latest example being Aeon Timeline, by the way. However, I do this from a kind of “virtual software budget”, and if I buy something like Timeline one month, the next month the budget gets “restored”.
With subscriptions, the more I had the bigger the preallocated part of my budget that I can no longer spend freely.
And what happens if the vendor goes out of business? Kind vendors would release a final “free forever for customers” release, but can we count on it?
What is worse in my view (but slightly off-topic) is the fact that some vendors now combine subscriptions with enforced cloud storage on their servers. Infamous examples being 1Password (I still have the non-subscription version and will continue to use it as long as possible, and then switch to EnPass) and Day One, which I looked into to replace the ageing MacJournal, but I will stay with MacJournal for precisely these reasons.
As someone mentioned earlier, those subscriptions add up, and one loses the overview if they are not managed carefully.
Maybe I’m just too old to get this new trend. Although I don’t think so; my employer is currently switching his offerings to subscriptions, because in our market this is desired by the customers. In the market for private customers, however, I doubt it.