A couple days ago, the popular web GTD app Vitalist announced a new pricing scheme, which severely limited the usage of the free plan, and basically required users to pay $5 or $10 a month. It seemed that most of it’s userbase was up in arms, with several GTD and productivity bloggers making their disapproval known (Gearfire included).
However after another announcement on sunday, it seems that Vitalist has seen their mistake, and have changed the project/context limit of the free plan to 10. I think that 10 is a reasonable restriction, and one that does not make the free version completely unusable.
This is a step in the right direction, but I still have a problem with Vitalist spending so much money on advertising, and then charging users more. Lately I have seen many Vitalist ads in my feedburner ad queue, and I also noticed that they bought advertising on Zen Habits, which must not have cheap. Personally I think this is a waste of money, because good apps will naturally get recognition from bloggers, and profilers such as TechCrunch.
I have changed my mind. I think I will stay with Vitalist for a couple months to see how it goes, and what new features they develop. I believe that their original tight free-plan restriction was more mistake than bad-intentions, so I am willing to give them another chance.
Update and Revisions to Pricing Plans [The Net Effect]
What do you think about the recent restriction change? Will you stay with Vitalist?