There is no platonic ideal in the real world. You jump in and swim the currents with a tool of choice…or sit on the shore, wondering.
I feel ya’. It’s just that I’ve been down that road before. I dealt with their imperfect perfection for nearly a decade. When it’s good, it’s great. When it’s bad, it’s terrible. Usually, it was way more good than bad. However, the bad seemed to stem from a “tail wagging the dog” situation.
I don’t know how long you’ve been on “team C4D,” but my relationship with it goes as far back as 2001. I was even asked to write product reviews for R8-R10. I can tell you, from a big picture perspective, the move to annual releases did a number on how the app is being developed. The release date is now driving development instead of development driving the release date. 12 months is a very short time to put together AND market a new release. It doesn’t give them nearly enough room to innovate as they once did.
I hope you return and find a home again w/c4d. More so…I hope you jump in full-hearted
To a limited extent, I still use C4D by way of Adobe AE and the Lite version. I just need to see more effort on MAXON’s part if I’m going to part with another $4k and enter into some maintenance contract. There are no guarantees in life. You’re right. I just don’t want to spend my hard earned money on something that feels phoned in. You’ve gotta admit. There HAVE been releases where they’ve asked a lot of money for “features” that might have otherwise been inexpensive plugins.
ANYWAY… I’m not going to sh** all over MAXON’s parade. As a non-ADSK solution, it’s important to cheer them on. They fill that space between subscription and open source. As a regular Maya and Blender user, I can see a need for C4D in the market. Good for them for fighting the power and staying the course.
Even if MAXON got its act together and made C4D more consistent and brought those legacy features up to date, I wonder how much further they can keep jacking up the prices. That’s my only lingering concern. This won’t be a concern to studios. However, for indie artists and freelancers, there has to be a breaking point.
We can’t (and probably won’t) return to the days where apps cost $10k+. I only wonder what MAXON’s ceiling for C4D is. Unless they remedy some of those other issues, that MSRP ceiling is going to get lower. It’s happened before. Just ask NewTek. 15 years ago when v8 came out, they had it priced at about $2,800. Just 4 years later and their asking price is down to $900. The CORE misstep and developer exodus send them into a tailspin and they’re suddenly offering v2015 for just under $300. Now at v2019, they’re back up to the $1k asking price from a decade ago.
I guess what I’m saying is that MAXON has to look at NewTek as a cautionary tale. They’re NOT there, but they certainly could be if they’re not careful. NewTek made a LOT of mistakes with LightWave over the years, some quite similar to what we see here. They recovered a lot of lost ground, but have never regained their former status in the industry. MAXON is facing competition from all sides these days. If ever there was time to be acutely self-aware, it’s now.