One last comment on this topic since this thread was started constructively. I can appreciate the OP’s general sentiment but MAXON is not dumb; they know what they’re doing and they know there’s a decent chunk of the user population that is not happy about the situation — which ultimately boils down to MAXON keeping them in the dark about the cost of perpetual upgrades and the longevity of it.
This is a very, very easy problem for MAXON to solve. It doesn’t require any off-site fist-pounding-table executive meetings or sweaty brows as people argue. Subsciptions is clearly their new primary model and it’s pretty clear also in retrospect why the CEO that was chosen, was chosen. Such is life. I harbor no ill will towards MAXON or the new CEO. This is all about communication and fixing mistakes related to same.
Bottom line: there’s no reason in the world they can’t solve this in the span of 24 hours. Here’s what it would look like (prices listed are arbitrary but should be close to reality if MAXON is being reasonable):
"As CEO, I want to apologize for any confusion that may have arisen from our recent announcements about subscriptions and the ending of the MSA program. Here’s what I want to tell all of our customers: regardless of whether you prefer a subscription or a traditional, perpetual license agreement that is upgraded annually: we are will provide all of you with those options going forward. The perpetual option will not look exactly like the MSA option in the past because Cineversity has been removed, but otherwise the foundation is the same.
Perpetual licenses will have 3 upgrade tiers, depending on which version of the product you are upgrading from. If you have the most recent version and you are upgrading to a newly announced version, your upgrade cost will be $699. If you are one version removed from the latest, the cost to upgrade to the new version will be $1299. If you are two or more versions removed from the latest announced version, you will pay the full purchase price of C4d.
There have also been questions about our license server system. We will be instituting a license validation system that requires a simple two field login for all customers regardless of license type, and where the app can be installed on up to 2 computers at a time. If you log into a third system, one of the prior two has to be deactivated. This does not mean the software is uninstalled or that one day your perpetual license will stop working if you haven’t upgraded. While hardware and operating system requirements may eventually make it impossible to use a specific version, MAXON will always honor a perpetual license that has been purchased and will never deactivate it via the licensing server or related systems, after a certain number of years or versions.
I hope this clears the air and look forward to see all the great stuff you guys create with R21 and beyond."
Do it and all the angsty, angry threads go away. : )
Meantime as to the OP’s point, I humbly suggest each of us instead spend that writing time writing to our elected officials in government, to protest the slow but sure erosion of our rights and democracies, such as they are. Way more important use of our time if we’re being honest. That goes double for posting in forums like this.