That’s right! Based on the press release Edwin and Co. just put out, it looks like Final Render has some great new technology, and you can have it and continue to use it …until you stop paying them a nice clean revenue stream.
Oddly it’s exactly what I sarcastically/jokingly referred to in another web forum:
So you rent Max, but they strip out MR…but that’s okay, because now you can rent a RENDERING ENGINE!!!
I’ve been worried that Max wouldn’t continue to develop their own modeling tools, but it’s okay now because I’m sure I can rent some somewhere.
I can’t blame Edwin for exploiting a bit of nastiness that everyone now seems to have embraced (at least the big companies have).
My MAX sub ends in January, and I was 99.9% certain I was done and going 100% Houdini (Indie, which I KNOW is ALSO a rental, but costs me less than Spotify) …when I started to hear about the new FR I thought maybe I MIGHT, just MIGHT do one more year…then Cebas went rental. So that decision got easier.
I can’t fault a company for trying to act in their own best interest, but I can’t afford to get on this train, particularly when at some point (NOW?) the rental FR will no longer work with the perpetual Max.