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What's the most expensive software you use?

Do you use any specialized software for your job that are far more expensive than most other software—and do you find they're worth it? Did you try to find cheaper alternatives, or are you glad to pay for it even if it's pricy?

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melefabrizio's avatar

Hindenburg Journalist Pro. Used Audition for years to edit my podcast but had to move away because it was heavy and recording stopped working.
It's expensive but is by far the best DAW specific for podcasts, more than happy to pay the premium for using it.

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@maguay (replying to @melefabrizio )
25d

Ahh interesting! Neat that it offers both one-time and subscription pricing; wish Adobe did that.

What got you initially to try Hidenburg Journalist, and what's your favorite features in it so far? There was a discussion on Capiche a while back about tools to edit podcast audio, where Descript and Acoustica were recommended (and Audition was mentioned as something they'd prefer to use less).

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Skeetsel541-'s avatar

My most expensive software is not per month. It is a 5-year commitment to Roam Research to become a True Believer.
Although most in the group are taking the software farther than I can imagine, it is the software I have been in love with as opposed to the many others I've used.
Never been a fan of anything else out there like #roamresearch

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@maguay (replying to @Skeetsel541- )
25d

That is pricy up-front, though doesn't work out so bad per month over time. The bigger thing there is that if you actually use the software, it's not really expensive—the truly most expensive software are the ones we pay for then neglect to use.

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@Skeetsel541- (replying to @maguay )
25d

That is true about the expensive software that you don't use. Except to the point that you probably have had to fail on that software to really know what you wanted. And yes, since I use it, Roar is beyond all my cheapest expenditure.

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rarjunpillai's avatar

I pay for Polymail. Once Superhuman started, everything else is cheaper obviously. I'm happy with Polymail. I wish they shipped major features faster, but the software does improve fast. I also pay Fantastical and 1Password - both of them, I think, could be better. There is no good Mac Calendar app. Every 2-3 years something will come up and get bought.

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@maguay (replying to @rarjunpillai )
25d

You have a great point there: $10/month for email is expensive compared to, say, using Gmail that's bundled with Google Workspace for $6/month (or free, on a personal account) or the built-in email app with your device, but compared to Superhuman it does sound cheap.

On calendars, afraid you're right, though a few (Fantastical in particular) have managed to stick around for quite a while. There's a discussion about calendar apps on Capiche this week, after Woven Calendar shut down, and looks like Weve, Fantastical, Vimcal, and Track are the popular ones right now.

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@rarjunpillai (replying to @maguay )
25d

I got Vimcal access yesterday. But the new thing among products is to:
- do a waitlist and make people wait
- after months, they want us to schedule a call with them for onboarding. Why? Is your B2C software that difficult to use?
- Make people pay on that onboarding call to use it
- and if you don't like it, you have to email them to cancel it and keep track of yet another thing in life.

Nothing against these companies. The B2B world is going PLG and making trials available for $100K software and B2C/B2P seems to be going in the opposite direction

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@jpmartin (replying to @rarjunpillai )
8d

Attended it myself, I think Developers are trying to copy the superhuman approach to selling, but fail to understand what made SH do it so well.

Also, paying $20/month for each software really needs to be worth it - not just because I don't understand value.

Bear Notes did it well, made it globally affordable - i.e. if you convert into any other currency other than USD, it's still well worth it. Have been renewing since they started.

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