If you write a lot and you use a Mac or an iOS device, there’s a good chance you might have heard of the popular writing app Ulysses, which promises to be an app ideal for writing as it offers up zero distractions. The app used to be a paid-for app, but in a recent announcement, the developers have announced that they’ll be turning it into a subscription model instead.

So what does this mean? Basically instead of paying a one-time fee to use the app, users will now be charged $4.99 per month, or $39.99 if you’d like to purchase for the entire year. There will also be discounts offered to students at $10.99 for a 6 month period. So what about those who have already paid for the app in full?

For those who have purchased the app, there are two scenarios: one is that you’ve purchased the app and have been using it for a while. If that is the case then you will be offered a lifetime discount on the subscription to the app at 50% off the monthly subscription, although AppleInsider notes that it’s more like 25% as the annual rate is at $29.99 versus $39.99 for everyone else.

The second scenario is that if you purchased the app recently (we’re not sure how the developers determine “recent”), you can choose between either getting 18-months free subscription, or the lifetime discount (which could add up to be cheaper in the long run). As to why they have switched to the subscription model, the developers have penned a rather lengthy post to explain the rationale behind the change, which you can check out if you’re interested.

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