Originally Posted by thethule
Ok, i'm not sure how to phrase this without it sounding bad, but why should it be within the reach of most individuals?
Its very complex, specialised software people use to create expensive vfx. There is a plethora of free/cheap 3d software if you want to learn the ropes, but you don't hear people in other industries say that their expensive equipment designed for their industry should be within reach of most people. And although the initial cost is certainly high for a starting business, you should be able to pay off a licence fairly quickly as long as you don't under charge.
By the way, I'm not defending Autodesk solely here, as a 3dstudio user since DOS versions in 1993, they are slacking recently in my opinion, I'm just talking in general.
Well, I certainly see merit in what you ask and point out, but I was just pointing out that there is frustration amongst many users and artists.
Whilst this does not include myself, its all too common the answer amongst most users of such software is "Cracks are the way to go. Autodesk doesn't care about individuals. And besides the price of such software is too expensive."
So, there is interest outside of studios for such software, and thus potential customers. Good efforts have been made in the past to address this: Maya PLE, and Complete at £1,500 with an upgrade of £500(about that, if memory serves) and a slim version of XSI at one point for £400. Cinema 4D has a prime edition at £700 whilst even Lightwave at a reasonable £980, which is a full package.
I'm in the middle ground in this debate: Whilst I do agree that Max and Maya are made for studios and their hardware resources, its hard to ignore the frustration of those who like using software such as Maya because of preference but cannot afford the price tag.
I personally don't have a problem with the prices now as much as I did a decade ago, although, I've always enjoyed using Maya for programming and scripting purposes, but the price now is bloomin expensive. At £1,500...one could afford it, but at £3,200 with an upgrade price of £2,500...I have to look elsewhere. Thankfully, as python is becoming the scripting standard, and my forte being programming, Blender will do nicely. The other bits I can get by on with Blender's own tools and other programs such as Silo and soon, ZBrush.