I need to compare pricing between Mag Plus and Adobe Digital Publishing. On their website, they have listed their pricing (http://www.magplus.com/features-price/) according to the size of the downloaded issues, which is different from what Adobe does (based on number of issues). Can someone tell me how to compare the two?
The only thing with a direct comparison would be the single issue at $199 from Mag+. If you're going with a subscription model you'll have to figure it out based on how many issues you think are going to be sold.
To Bob Levine,
The Mag+ model looks a more resonable pricing model at $199.00?. but you still need to include a further cost of $499.00 for Go Live Submission to get the app submitted to the apple app store as well as all the other associated costs required.
Do you not think that pricing structures ie : Mag+ and Adobe should just incorporate the cost into a total price for publishing any app so that anyone can truly evulate the price outlay before agreeing to a subscription method of download and make their app publication available to tablet devices customers.
Example with 3 apps, 2 languages each, 4 updates every year (new features, bug fixes, new iPads, new versions of iOS):
Mag+ Grow-edition: 3 x $2500 (apps) + 3x $500 (languages) + 4x3x2 $499 (updates x apps x languages): $20,976
Adobe DPS Pro: unlim. number of apps, unlimted languages: $5,940
In this example Mag+ is 253% more expensive!
Adobe counts number of downloads while Mag+ charges you for file size. With the new iPad and high resolution displays you can be sure file sizes are going up... making Adobe DPS an even better offer.
Besides... all Mag+ magazines look the same with boxes floating around. Add that Adobe has been very fast to deliver new features, that the Adobe app is ready for new iPads, and surely Adobe will be the first to support new versions of InDesign...
One advantage of Mag+ is the price when it comes to subscriptions/fulfillment. Adobe really should make a Pro+ package with support for subscriptions/memberships to solve this.
The Go! Live submission fee only applies if you don't want to do the work with actually submitting the app to Apple for review. If you do that yourself, the only fees that apply for a Go! app is $199 (and Apple's fee for a developer account if you don't already have that).
Our model is actually a total price, if you host downloads yourself there are no additional costs for a Go! app. The Grow! price can easily be calculated based on the number of issues (or rather, when you publish your issues, as the Grow! package costs $500 per month you publish issues).
Thanks for letting us know what is confusing about our communication, we'll work on claryfying that. If you have more questions, I'll be happy to help.
storyteller @ Magplus
(I posted a longer reply to correct a couple of errors in your calculation, but obviously the moderators here thought it was inappropriate as it got rejected. Let's see if they find this more appropriate. To moderators: it would be a lot easier if you wrote why a post is rejected.)
Hi, I'm Mike Kazarnowicz and I work for Mag+. I'd like to correct some facts:
The Go! Live Submission fee only applies if we at Mag+ do the submission for you. That means we take care of all the work after you've designed your app and issues(s). If you do it yourself, you don't pay the Go! Live fee.
So to correct the calculations in your example, 3 different apps with 2 languages each, assuming a 6 issues per year in January, March, May, August, October, December, would cost $13,500 the first year and $9,000 the second and following years.
As it might be the detailed explanation of our price plan that got the message rejected, feel free to PM me if you want the exact breakdown of how I calculated this.
Another fact that needs correction: downloads only cost when we host them. If you choose to host downloads yourself, there is no additional costs to these.