For the first time in a lot of years, I decided not to renew my C4D Maintenance contract. The expiration always comes up just before a new release and I decided not to roll the dice this time. When I got the announcement this morning....I was mostly scratching my head about what these features even do(for me, a hobbyist). In R16, about the only major new feature that I liked was the Motion Tracker, which I find is good enough for my needs. I didn't really like the new material setup. I find the C4D is mostly useful to me through the plug-ins (X-Particles, TFD). I wonder....will this be the end of Cafe C4D? Without C4DKiwi...well, it won't be the same.
My first impressions.. Like the Embee.The downer is Team Render ...can't make it work. My PC's just can't find each other on the same router.... I have tried everything but no joy. A bit disappointing.
The Great Carnak will look in his crystal ball....let us see..
1. Revamping the modeling tools.
2. TP will be easier to use.
3. Improvement in the cloth dynamics
4. Flicker problem still not solved.
If my crystal ball is correct....it is usually correct about 10% of the time...I'll probably pass on this version since I don't model much...I mostly use C4D as a dynamic simulator and renderer. My contract just expired. so I'm not willing to chance it.
I think this is the best advice. I find AR good for all-around renders....vRay, for non-grainy animations (especially with all those great presets)....Maxwell is hard to beat for arhitectural delineations that use specific types of lighting and materials. When you slap a 50 watt lamp on a plaster wall....you are going to get a photographic view of that setup. Maxwell, for my taste (patience, deadlines) is only for stills. A studio has many tools to make a production....no one tool is going to do it all. If you can only afford a few tools....stick to what they do best.
BTW. I have never seen so many FREE materials available as they have for Maxwell. I think they must have a material for just about anything architectural.