VThe more I read both posts here and at the cafe the more I start to feel seriously undervalued as a longtime Studio user. We are the losers here no matter what anyone from MAXON tries to say. I have paid a Studio MSA diligently since they were introduced, it was the value proposition that was best for most people who wanted to keep C4D current. Now I have to pay more in a single cost bill than I did before for an MSA and am locked into a scheme that effectively locks me out of my work if I don’t pay. A Prime user will be able on their MSA which over the years will have been considerably less cost than mine to now have a full Studio C4D and I will get exactly the same for a far greater cost. I see absolutely no upside to this and no offer that might tempt me to bite into this s*** sandwich.
The main gripe I have is that without C4D phoning in it will essentially be bricked. When Modo announced their subscription policy I had to make a choice and I decided I would no longer pay for both C4D and Modo updates. But here’s the important difference. I can still use Modo 10 now. I will seriously look into their sub now as it is far cheaper per year than C4D . If I chose to stop subscribing it doesn’t brick the program I keep it but it no longer has support and updates. C4D only has this if I go nowhere near the sub model, which means the discounts offered are of no interest to me. I want to be able to access my work without a company holding me hostage. It’s a simple as that. And before anyone says well Adobe do that, yes admittedly they do but look at the value I get for my AU$74.99 a month. I get 21 programmes, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator that I pretty much use daily. I cannot pay almost 2x that price per month for one program I use occasionally.
Here are the current Adobe CC packages in Aus
Annual Plan Paid Monthly 76.99 a total cost for 12 months is 923.88
Annual Plan One time payment a small discount 72.58 when you divide the 871.07 cost by 12
Monthly no lock in 114.99
Here are the current rest of world pricings for C4D Euro converted to Aus
No Annual Plan paid monthly
C4D Annual Subscription billed annually is 100.61 dollars for a total cost of 1207.32 a price hike of 200.00 or so from my current MSA for a program that is brickable once you no longer pay for it.
Monthly Subscription paid Monthly 171.05 For a whopping 2052.6 (wow just wow) this is twice as much as the MSA and doesn’t even take into account this has no Redshift. Also roughly 100.00 more per month than what I currently pay for Creative Cloud!
Ok so I know I am making these figures up with what I have to go with but as Rick Barrett has said this is basically currency conversion and taxes etc across different areas of the globe which determines price. I am converting the default rest of the world price and am horrified.