To that end, when OmniFocus for the Web ships we’ll be rolling it out as part of a new OmniFocus subscription offering. This subscription will grant you access to OmniFocus for the Web, and will also unlock the Pro edition of OmniFocus on all of your other devices. Your subscription will cover the cost of all upgrades, so you’ll get the new OmniFocus 3 release today—and, when OmniFocus 4 ships some years down the road, you’ll get an automatic upgrade to it as well.
Now, some of you have already paid to upgrade to OmniFocus 3. If you have what you need, you don’t need to change anything: you can keep using OmniFocus 3 as you have been doing. New customers will also continue to be able to make a simple one-time investment to unlock OmniFocus 3 on their devices. We’re offering subscriptions as an additional purchasing option, not as a replacement for the existing options.
The OmniFocus subscription will cost $9.99/month, giving you access to the web service as well as OmniFocus Pro on all your Mac and iOS devices. If you’ve already invested in OmniFocus 3 and just want to add the web service, the cost for that will be $4.99/month.
As a long-term OmniFocus user, I’m quite happy with the OmniGroup’s decision to add an optional subscription for OmniFocus. OmniGroup has the reputation in the industry to make this approach work, too.
On the topic of having yet another subscription — I realize we’re in a world nearing death by a thousand app subscriptions. I’m trying to invest in the software which saves me time or helps me do my job better and letting the others go.
OmniFocus is probably the highest-value application in my workflow, so I won’t hesitate to switch to the subscription model when the time comes. I have no problem paying for the software which makes my life work.
If you’re wondering if the $100/yr cost is worth it, think of it this way — if OmniFocus saves you even 10 hours of work over the course of a year (which it saves me way more than that), you’ve likely made your money back.