Yes, the H19 roll out was mighty impressive, it’s almost like SideFX gives a crap about their software. It’s obvious how much pride they have for the software and keen to give the hard work of their developers a day in the limelight. Nothing more to say than, impressive.
When I first bought Houdini I had a registration issue and couldn’t get my license to work so I sent off a rather terse message on their support form thinking it was just a roboform and I would just get a roboreply then nothing like you know who. Within a couple of hours I got an extremely apologetic email and a message that they had fixed the issue their end. They made it clear how important my business and experience was and at the time I was only buying an Indie version for learning. Every dealing I’ve ever had with SideFX feels like you’ve just walked into your local cornershop, you’re not just a number but a valued customer and they can’t be more helpful. I hope they never change!
Maxon is making money hand over fist and at first glance things could look very rosy, C4D’s short to mid-term future is not in doubt, what is in doubt is how quickly it’ll get developed and moved over to the new Neutron (?) scenegraph system. The Scene Nodes system doesn’t appear to have captured the hearts and minds of the general C4D userbase so they need to get the mograph tools over very quickly. I see very few examples of Scene Nodes usage and from what I see the performance really isn’t all that to shout about, a bit of a disappointment if I’m honest.
6 years ago I predicted it would take 6 years for Maxon to sort out the object management bottleneck, the C4DCafe faithful came down on me like a ton of bricks. As it turns out I was wide of the mark and underestimated how glacial C4D development would be, it could be another 6 years at this rate. We might be closer to 2030 before the old C4D object management system is fully retired. If R25 is going to be a typical update who could disagree with my prognosis?
If anyone at Maxon think they can do doggie paddle while everyone around them is doing freestyle in the race they are going to have a shock soon. The competition from Houdini for the highend mograph is a losing battle and come 2022 you will see a plethora of Blender mograph start to take a large chunk of what’s left of the mograph mindshare. Once the mindshare leaves it rarely comes back, ask Newtek.
It would have been genuinely unthinkable that C4D would ever be knocked off its perch as the de facto standard for Mograph but I really do think there is about to be a huge change in the industry. When it happens absolutely no one can say Maxon weren’t warned.