Why you have to move to Quadro

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Hi guys,

you may already know that Actions is going to say goodbye soon to make room for Quadro. But please, allow me to mention it one more time, ’cause you know… it’s always better to say something twice so that everyone really gets the message – my mom told me so!

And the real message here is that: QUADRO WILL BE THE FUTURE OF ACTIONS and IT WILL BE AWESOME.

But since Quadro is “just” a better version of Actions some of you may have thought: “Why did you have to go and rebuild Actions from scratch instead of simply improve it and avoid all the fuss about it?” Well the answer is pretty easy. There was no way around it.

Every project is like an iceberg: the tip of it clearly visible, but a big part that just stays hidden. Sometimes, although everything seems normal above the surface, the base of the iceberg can start to crumble. Well… not a happy ending for those out of the water!

This is what was happening to Actions. All the heavy ice and polar bears we were carrying around (I’m talking features and frameworks, in case the metaphor wasn’t that clear) were too much for the base to support.

At the time we built Actions we were younger and had very few resources, so we did what we could. Rebuilding from scratch is a natural step in the process of growing up, because sometimes you have to destroy things if you want to create something better. I will not go further into technical details, I’m just the ambassador here, but don’t worry, for all the nerds out there our CEO Cristiano will soon write an article with more specific information on why we took this way.

What I’m also here to say though may upset some of you (that’s why they send a nice girl ahead…cowards!) Let’s say it straight:** Quadro will have a subscription-based pricing model. But relax.. is not that bad!**

Let me explain our motivations. We haven’t been able to monetize since Actions first got out (3 years now) and this is the only way we could afford to keep the project alive: the one-time payment doesn’t work in this kind of massive project that constantly needs to be improved, and we realized it at our expenses. To make it worth it we should have raised our prices a lot, much more than what we’ve done so far (the higher was 3$) and we didn’t want that. We wanted Actions (and Quadro) to be affordable and fair, so we preferred to ask a little to many, instead of asking much to a few. Not everyone can afford to pay 50$ for an app.

This is why we are asking you to move from a pay-once-for-life system (which wasn’t working, at least not with those prices) to a subscription that will finally provide us with resources to speed up all the incredible new features we have up our sleeves for you. This is the only way we can keep the project alive without turning it into a niche product.

Ok then, now that you got our point I’m ready to give you more details and the good news!

To live up to our philosophy, Quadro will always be free for everyone who doesn’t need customization and is fine using our presets without changing them (and we made quite a lot more than for Actions). If you wish to create your own custom palettes or personalize ours you will have a few choices: the Monthly Subscription, the Annual Subscription and the Hero Pass… which is basically a Life Pass plus a contribution to support the team.

“But didn’t you just say you removed a single upfront payment solution in favor of subscriptions?” No, we actually said that it could work that way, so we just re-set the price.

Prices are not defined yet but don’t worry, it won’t be more than 5$ a month. Kind of like 3 coffees.

Everyone will have a free trial of Quadro premium for 30 days. Also, thanks to the support of the great Nouncy team, we created a campaign that lets you gain 6 more months of premium for free if you schedule a Facebook or Twitter post to support us. This will also help us gain more visibility for our launch day, and if you liked Actions (or hated it) and just want to give Quadro a try… Well, this will be a win-win for both of us.

In order to do this and book your 6 free months of customization, just go here and click the green button to schedule a post: they will be released all together when launch day comes! Quadro is now on its final beta phase: some of you are already testers, but if this is not your case and you are curios to try it out before everyone else, please send an email to marisa@quadro.me and ask to be added to the program. We still have a few spots available!

We really hope all of this sounds as exciting for you as it does for us.

Thank you for being part of our growth.

See you on Quadro channels!

Quadro Website / Quadro Blog / TW @quadroapp / INST @quadroteam / FB @quadroapp

Silvia

Silvia

Communications Manager at Actions
Silvia

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  • Hi Silvia, those seem to be pretry good news for Quadro! Hope the new subscription model will work for you! Actions was really an impressive app with so many features for Mac but it was also not easy to use for beginners because of the lack of clear tutorials. Quadro should have videos or be built on a community such as Workflow or Launch Center Pro who both allow actions to be shared on social medias. We just can’t wait to see it in action (!) on El Capitan ;)

    • Silvia

      Hi OGenius!
      Thank you, we really appreciate your support :)
      We are aware of the difficulties that a new user may have encountered while using Actions for the first time, and that helped us to make tutorials in Quadro. We hope strongly that these tutorials will be of help for both beginners and more advanced / professional users ;)

    • Hi OGenius!
      Thank you, we really appreciate your support :)
      We are aware of the difficulties that a new user may have encountered while using Actions for the first time, and that helped us to make tutorials in Quadro. We hope strongly that these tutorials will be of help for both beginners and more advanced / professional users.
      Many thanks for your feedback.

  • Devrimer Du

    It’s good to use Action app. Why you need to change the Other new app. It’s funny new app in purchasing :((((

    • Silvia

      Don’t be sad Devrimer!
      As we said in the article, we had no other options.

      You can still use Actions as long as you keep it on your iPad, though it will be soon removed from the Apple Store and will not be updated anymore.
      That said, It would be really great if you could give Quadro a try and if you are still not convinced, try it free for 6 months! Just schedule a post on quadro.me/pioneers with a sentence or two and wait for the release :)

    • Don’t be sad Devrimer!
      As we said in the article, we had no other options.
      You can still use Actions as long as you keep it on your iPad, though it will be soon removed from the Apple Store and will not be updated anymore.

      That said, It would be really great if you could give Quadro a try and if you are still not convinced, try it free for 6 months! Just schedule a post on quadro.me/pioneers with a sentence or two and wait for the release :)

      • Johnny Idol

        Silvia- we all understand growing pains, however the new app is even more confusing than actions and on first launch seems less customizable and its only partially functioning. When I load your templates. Literally less than 1/2 the preprogrammed functions are actually working. please provide links to support and training in this post so that we can quickly get up and running. Also I know its too late.. But ACTIONS was a fantastic name and Quadro brings up a billion other sites in Google you are nowhere to be found. Bad move.

        • Hi Johnny,

          I understand that moving to a whole new tool can be confusing some times and it can gives us the feeling that the new one is a lot more complex, for example i feel the same everytime we change task management software (and trust me, we do a lot and everytime i want to cry) , but once getting the basics of the new tool (which, at the core, are always very similar to the old one) I’m always surprised how easily I start to be productive.

          Quadro is a pretty deeper software, with many new features, so we reckon that at first sight seems to be more complex to use, and we will surely improve the lack of clarity with the help of your feedback.

          Meanwhile, here all the informations you need to start moving around in Quadro: http://support.quadro.me

          Regarding the name, well, the first months since we launched “Actions” it was impossible to find us on the web or app store… the name actions was showing only a lot of lousy games etc… :)

          I hope you could give Quadro a chance :)

          • adavila78

            I have been using Actions for about two years… now there is no way I can be as productive with Quadro as I am with actions… I am really so so so confused about how to use Quadro even after checking all the tutorials.. =(

          • Hi,
            I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble to use Quadro.
            What is your main pain with it? Every feedback is more than welcome.
            Did you already try to ask for help on our support? Write to support@quadro.me, our Marisa will be more than happy to help you! :) Let me know.

  • Skyprogress

    Do I lose access to my custom presets if my subscription lapses? I can imagine subscribing to Quadro for several months while developing a set of templates for a specific production need, then suspending my subscription until the need for a different set of custom templates arises. What is hard for me to justify financially is having to pay monthly for access to previous work, which could be as simple as one screen on the iPad. I totally understand and accept subscribing to the development tools that make creating custom presets possible, provided my access to the presets does not go away. Thank you

    • Skyprogress

      Thanks for the clarification. I will keep this in mind when considering a possible upgrade.