Dear Maxon reps!
I’m scared of the idea, that in the foreseeable future, there will only be subscription-only licenses.
I do not work with C4D every day. Sometimes not even for months. I would not afford a subscription, just so I can open my old files … almost my life’s work.
@Maxon or whoever is in contact with the marketing and decision-sphere:
PLEASE give the community a commitment that that there will be perpetual licenses at least 5 years from now, still, so that at least you would be able to upgrade at your own pace and ability, if you need to - and can afford to.
and/or (hopefully “and”):
An option granting subscription clients. to convert their license to perpetual when they paid 12 months of their “new lease” - or even the full perpetual price of the current release, or even some more - at least give them the option to remain productive with what they achieved creatively.
Dont strangle these artists, if they have a rough year and cannot afford to go on. Maybe they need the time to work on an unpaid showreel to get gigs again?
Comfort solution would be an indie model for the creative among us, but have invested a great deal of expertise in YOUR software. Who LOVE your product.
I wish you all the best, the software is good, but if you pride yourself with artistic showreels, keep in mind that art not always works on monthly rates.
Long time lurker since R4, Amiga.