Me and @dani have been working in Panels for about 5 years. We have always wanted to create the best digital reader, and it is thanks to all of you, early Panels supporters, that we have been able to keep improving and working on it.
Starting with our next release, Panels Premium will become a subscription, in an effort to keep growing. We have big plans for Panels and having recurring paid users will give us access to more resources.
As a sign of gratitude for supporting Panels since the very beginning, we have decided to upgrade all Premium users to Backer. Backers will continue to have access to current Panels’ Premium features forever (you won’t loose what you paid for).
If you are a currently a Premium user nothing will change for you now. With this message, we specially want to give a heads up to all of our free users that are still deciding if they want to pay for Premium or not. If you have ever hesitated to buy Panels Premium, now is the best time to do it.
We plan to keep all Panels’ free features available, only Premium features for users that want to get the full experience will be moved to subscription.
Thank you all for supporting Panels.
Here is a quick Q&A that will be updated with questions as we receive them
Q: When is the last day for upgrading to Premium at the current price?
A: This period has ended. Subscriptions have been already rolled out.
We are not certain since we depend on Apple and other features currently being developed for that release to go live. Our best guess is in less than a month.
Q: What does it mean to be upgraded to Backer?
A: Being a Backer means lifetime access to Panels to all the current Premium features. You can still “Tip Panels” if you are enjoying using it (we greatly appreciate them!), but there is no need for you to spend any extra money.
In addition, Backer tier will not be available to purchase in the future. This will give all of you a distinction of long-time Panels user.
Q: How much will Premium cost in the new release?
A: We will offer a monthly price of US $1.49 and a yearly price of US $11.99 (33% save), with occasional discounts.
Q: What kind of features are you looking to add for new subscription users? (asked by @Impulse1up)
A: For now, all new features will be available for Backers and Subscribes. We don’t have plans for subscription users only features for the upcoming months.