9.99/mo for something i'm not even guaranteed to use 100% of the time is complete overkill.
I'd be okay with it dropping small raster graphics in my document unless i was subscribed, but I'm not going to knowingly throw money into the ether.
I agree. If it was like $2 for 50 icons a month, I'd sign up just to have it available and not even worry about the price. It starts to get dangerous when every single service is charging me $10 a month and suddenly I have $200 a month in subscription services.
The subscription existed before this desktop app. The value of subscription is supposed to be unlimited royalty free use.
I just use the NounProject for placeholders in wireframes, so there is no value to the subscription for me.
I would pay for searchable private collections of icons that I upload (and share with the team). I'd love to be able to upload our custom icon set(s) and access them through a slightly more advanced version of this app.
An alternate POV.
$10 per month is $120 per year.
If I charged by the hour $120 would be less than an hour of my time. So if that subscription saved me a single hour during the year it will have paid for itself.
I'm not a subscriber now, but if I saw an icon from there that would be useful I'd happily subscribe. I might not even cancel after the first month. Because if it saves me an hour of the period of a year it's making me money.
That's great, but when you work at a company with its own established iconset and your only use for Noun Project is for placeholders in your own side projects, then it is prohibitive. Then I am just throwing money into the ether.
Its no big deal, its a really convenient perk for subscribers, but I guess I just have to keep copying the EPS from source.
This is a lifesaver.
Nice idea.... but in PNG?? What's the point dropping PNG in Illustrator or Sketch? I've just published today an article that explain why we should stop using PNG, and how you can do it. https://medium.com/@webalys/die-png-die-how-to-use-vector-icons-in-your-apps-d884c9c63e93
Not sure why it is disabled by default, but this is what you want.
Preferences > Advanced > Uncheck "Enable PNG"
Actually this app can export as vector, you have to deactivate "Enable PNG" in the preferences. So yeah, it's a cool app :-)
If you're using Sketch App, don't forget to deactivate 'Enable PNG' in the preferences to be able to export icons as a vector.