I really don’t get what all the resistance is to subscriptions - like those from Adobe and now Maxon. Generally the price is about the same or less (much less in the case of Adobe) than the outgoing perpetual model. Getting hung up on it by thinking of it as a ‘rental’ is just crazy IMHO. The argument I hear over and over is “If I stop paying, I lose access to my files”. To which I say, if you are making your living or even side hustle money off of this kind of thing, why would you stop paying for the sub? 1 job covers more than a year of my subscriptions to Adobe, Substance, and my MSA. If I ever stop paying, it’s because I’m no longer making money from it, and if that’s the case what possible need could I have for my old scene files? Hell, I can count on one hand the number of times in the last 16 years of doing this that I have needed to unearth a years-old file… But should you have the need to crack open or even work on something from your now former career, you need only either buy a single month to get in, or hope on the machine of a colleague to get in and get out… to be honest, I can only imagine this being an EXTREMELY rare occurrence… I can think of about 2 dozen motion graphics professionals that I know personally who have never had something like that come up. About the closest is when someone wants to refresh an existing package from a year ago, but that’s very unlikely to happen in a scenario in which the individual who made the elements no longer having access to their software.
It really just feels like ego at work. I’m not saying that to be insulting, we all have egos and they are known to break our rational minds now and then. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter a tinkers damn whether you own a license, or subscribe to a service. If you are going to do this work at a professional level, you need to use industry standard tools, because unless you work on an island, interoperability between different productions pipelines is crucial. Kneecapping oneself by using non-standard or horribly out of date tools simply puts you at a disadvantage.
Look, I’m not saying that Maxon handled this whole thing well - they absolutely did not - but it did not cause the sky to fall, despite claims to the contrary some here.
As for Motion - I do have it… I haven’t launched it in 8-10 years. It was cool but far too limited at the time, and then when the shark was jumped with FCP X I was more or less forced to leave that ecosystem behind. I may have to dive back into it, but way too many of my clients need AE files after the fact for me to switch over, but I am happy to hear its gotten some love.