The short answer: it creates a better product for you.
Subscription pricing allows us to provide built-in syncing, release new features regularly, and provide great support. Other companies can take weeks to reply to your questions, new features only come every few years with the new version, and you have to manage sync yourself which may result in corrupted files and data loss.
Examples of the benefits of the subscription model include new features. This last year we released project-wide find & replace, built-in grammar and spell checking powered by ProWritingAid, and an updated integration with NaNoWriMo's new website for auto-wordcount submission. Soon we will be releasing a mobile-friendly version of Dabble, versioning (to allow you to go back through your project history to any given moment since its creation), co-authoring (so you can write a book with another author without sync issues), and images in your story notes. We will continue listening to you and improving Dabble.
Early on we decided we wanted to make Dabble the best product available, and we couldn't do that with a 1-time purchase software. A 1-time purchase puts a company’s focus on new customers and the next version of the product. A subscription puts our focus on our current customers and improving the experience for you every day, month, and year.
By subscribing to Dabble, you get a great product and service now, and you are investing in its future.
A full-featured writing app for your Windows or Mac computer.
The full-featured app in your browser, the exact same app as the desktop. Access Dabble on any computer or laptop, including Chromebooks and Linux.
Your manuscript is automatically backed up to the cloud. Never worry about losing your work. You can even work offline. Your work will backup as soon as you are back online.
Sync your work between computers.
Our unique plotting tool helps craft your story before, during, or after writing it. It makes working with multiple plot lines easy.
Export to Word, auto-scroll, auto-focus-mode, manuscript overview, drag and drop, and story notes. It is all the little things that add up to a great product.
When you join Dabble, you are not just buying the product today. You are buying into the future of Dabble as well. Dabble continues improving every month. See our Roadmap!