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    Daniel
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    Sterckx
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    Electric guitars, Virtual Instruments, Radio controlled electric airplanes, 3D animation story telling, Video editing, C4D plugin development

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  1. This used to be the way how things were handled in most (if not all) European countries as well. From my understanding of the "3D for the whole world" this will stop with the release of R21. No local reseller, no local distributor. All via the one online shop or MyMaxon account. I understood this would also apply to New Zealand and other parts of the world.
  2. As a plugin dev I would rather stay at the side line, watching what the outcome is of this discussion. Just want to rectify the words that others put into my mouth, be it due to miscommunication on my part or by misinterpretation of what I intended to say, or whatever reason. The reason I had decided to stop plugin development for R21 was because I wasn't going to upgrade to R21 myself. The idea was to remain active for the current customers, remaining with their R20 (or earlier) versions. Possibly writing new plugins or updating existing ones. But only for R20 and earlier. That decision was made days after the famous R21 announcement. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware I was under an automatic renewal contract, and as such was legally obliged to renew my MSA for yet another year. However, this still hasn't made me change my mind about my plugin development status. I might in the future decide to embrace R21, but for now I am sticking to my decision made earlier to "not upgrade" to R21. I am putting the quotes as I have renewed my MSA, and am obviously entitled to R21, but that doesn't mean I will be using R21, nor developing plugins for it. The tipping point for me was the cancellation of the MSA and the fact that perpetual isn't actually perpetual. I am using my workstations offline, and as an MSA user (future ex-MSA user), I was entitled to have C4D installed on both Windows and macOS machines, which allowed me to develop on both platforms. With the new "perpetual" scheme this, while still technically possible, will be a hassle for a small developer like myself. I mentioned it before, I am not looking to make a living from plugin development ... and I definitely wasn't. But with the new direction taken by MAXON, cost will simply be higher. All small annoyances, I agree, but when they all add up ... Look, as a user I really liked the Allegorithmic model. Free updates were provided between version 1 and 2 of Substance Painter. I tried to follow this idea when selling my plugins. After original purchase customers would receive updates free of charge, including new features. With the required update from R19 to R20 I did indeed request some upgrade fee. But apart from that, all new features were free of charge. But enough sidetracking and being off-topic. Let's hear you, as plugin customers, have your say on the topic of plugin subscription.
  3. Sorry to disagree, but that has not been my experience so far. That policy is mentioned in the terms over at CGTalk, but for as far as I recall it hasn't been the case over here.
  4. Nice initiative. The results should indeed be interesting for any plugin dev to know where to focus on. I am not on twitter either, nor facebook, nor any other social media. I'd rather spend my time creating new features.
  5. I am only providing my own point of view, of course, but as a plugin developer it means you have a decent understanding of the application and know how things work. I am comfortable using C4D, while Blender ... well, never tried it (yet). It takes quite some time to be fluent with an application, and even more so if you want to write plugins, add-ons, or extensions. For this reason I don't see myself switch to Blender for plugin development, before having mastered the application. I worked with C4D for 10 years before I stepped into the world of C4D plugins ... Using C4D was a hobby, writing C4D plugins is (was?) a hobby ... Others might have a different view, or a different opinion. This is mine.
  6. Not that I know of. For as long as I remember I have been receiving the invoices automatically on a yearly base around beginning of August, to renew for another year. I have no idea why suddenly this so called "agreement" is applicable upto 30th August 2020. Probably another sales trickery.
  7. I suppose that is the case. Apparently, my MSA "contract" lasts until 30th August 2020. The MSA, however, expires 30th August 2019. Legal (or legislative) things, I guess. And these probably differ from country to country.
  8. An invoice was sent on the 1st August and, translated, this is the message I received from my local reseller as response on my message of not wanting to renew the MSA: "The MSA had to be terminated in writing at the latest 3 months before the renewal date. This was at the latest on April 30, 2019. We therefore ask you to pay this invoice."
  9. Well, I closed the shop with the idea I wasn't upgrading to R21. With the latest news that I am legally obliged to renew the MSA, I will probably need to reopen the shop to further get some income to pay for that MSA ... if there are still people interested in plugins at all. With all the discussions lately, it seems more and more people are refraining from purchasing plugins when having subscriptions ... or simply jumping ship for a different 3D application.
  10. I really wonder what the response will be on this. However, I already know the answer. The contract states that cancelling the MSA should be done 3 months prior the renewing date. Which in your case, as in mine, the cancelling should have been sent, in written form, before April 30th. Legally, we're unfortunately bound to renew.
  11. Seems as the local distributor is not letting you go that easily ... According to the MSA contract it should have been cancelled 3 months prior to its ending (31/8/2019), which means cancellation had to be submitted in written form before 30 april 2019. Nice move MAXON.
  12. Now that we're talking about the forum some more ... I know I already asked this in the past, but with the advancement in technology and new features finding it's way in the forum software (hopefully) ... would there be a way to save private messages to file? I 'd like to clean up my inbox, as it gets rather crowded, but it contains quite important info which I can not simply delete. Copying messages one by one is rather tedious.
  13. This is what I meant. The topics in categories of the main page have a date and time, as I suggested, which is fine (thank you for that). But when you select a particular category, the topics on that page do not have the date and time ... which I found odd, and understood from you to be related to some plugin. But now you mention the plugin to be footer related. So, I guess we mixed things up ... hence the screenshot included.
  14. I can see you managed to add date and time to the last post of a category. Thanks. But I was also referring to topics, as was brought up by @everfresh, but that seems to be managed via a plugin? Didn't know (and I didn't expect) there was a difference between page types.
  15. Just a suggestion: On pages listing the categories, sub-categories or topics. if technically possible could the date and time be added next to the username of the last posted comment? This would allow to easily see the last activity of a topic.
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