Well OK, the title of this blog entry might be way over the line, somewhat too dramatic, but still ...
As a hobby user since R9 I was quite happy with the XL bundle, back in those days. When the modules were retracted my only option was to go with the Studio version, and since then paid the annual MSA to stay up to date.
Some years ago, while working on a personal project in Cinema 4D for quite a while, I got side-tracked and started writing some plugins to automate and enhance why own workflow. This side-tracking grew somewhat out of proportions, as I began spending most of my free time working on plugins, instead of creating models and animations.
I then took the opportunity to start up a small business selling these plugins. Obviously I wasn't looking into making a lot of money out of it, but was merely hoping the income from selling plugins would allow to pay for the annual MSA.
The 30 July announcement was a bitter pill to swallow.
For whatever reason I was raised with the idea that, when ever possible, you don't buy on credit, you don't rent. If you want something you cannot afford, you save up for it ... or you just don't buy it, until you can afford it.
I have turned down software subscriptions before., for this same reason.
And then this announcement ...
For sure, I wasn't losing sleep over it. Or did I?
Day after day my mind kept wandering, traveling the different paths of possible solutions. I didn't think straight and most of all, felt (and was) unproductive.
Then finally, I made up my mind.
For me personally no subscription, nor the "perpetual" (gimme a break) R21 license.
Decided to keep using my R20 license, not upgrade to R21.
By not having an R21 license it wouldn't make sense to keep providing plugins. As such I am stepping down as a plugin developer.
Since software development is another hobby of mine, I know upfront that it will definitely itch.
As such, I will probably (need to) keep writing plugins. But probably for my own.