This has gone far enough, its time to face facts! (or more accuratly, my tired and drowsy ramblings!)
R9 Upgrade is fantastic and worth every penny! Problem is the average Cinema user is a Cinema user for one reason! MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! Most of us purchased Cinema in its cheap and cheerfuly days of R7, and we all became happy little 3D geeks laughing at the jocks who broke the bank buying “industry” software. We were lucky enough to stumble across a budget app that was a dream to work with and could chew threw anything we threw at it, at a FRACTION OF THE COST of the big boys (LW, MAYA, 3DSMAX and XSI!). Once we installed Cinema and played wth it for bit, we immeadiatley new that the days of Bryce, Truespace, Infi-D and those other budget apps were behind us! Cinema redifined budget - it was king!
However, times have changed - but C4D’s pricing hasnt! Cinema now sits bang in the middle of the “industry” price market, and despite all of its new cool tools and switches, it has lost its one killer feature PRICE. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!
Deep down, we all now that the R9 upgrade price IS worth it - but between XSI for £299 / $495, the financial suicide known as the “C4D modular” system, complete disregard for regional pricing parity and 8.5 US only discount - us brave C4Ders have just about had enough! Its not ONE thing, its just a while load of little things that add up to a BIG problem! Whats the name of that problem? MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!
This BIG financially based problem is going to have to be addressed quick as us C4Ders are not scared of a little dabbling in other apps, as the ZBrush and Motion Builder threads indicate. If Maya Complete had been announced at £299 / $495 I know at least a dozen C4Ders that would jump ship in a blink of an eye. Not because Maya is better, just that it would be a more affordable solution to getting the job done. As it is, nobody really ever wanted XSI, but we may buy it for fun because at £299 / $495 who could resist! Its either that or buy Dynamics :rolleyes:
In summary, Cinema is great and we all love it, but we must admit that we love it because it is kick ass AND cheaper than the competition. Simply put, without the price advantage C4D is knowhere near the competition in the current market. A situation which is only going to get worse when 3DSMAx and Maya retaliate!
R9…The right product at the wrong time I suppose.
PS. XSI for £299 / $495. If Alias can get a fair US / UK price ratio - why cant Maxon? :shrug: