Below is an estimated calculation of what I would have to pay monthly as a generalist if I went along with all the subscription crap. That would be over €4,500 a year!
Plus costs for office rent , NI hardware, Wacom Cintiq, PC Workstation & iMax + Internet + Telephone, Smartphone, + + +.
Maxon, Vray and Native Instruments are now cancelled for me. I hope that other Zbrush users will not be driven into this subscription madness. If you stop paying, you can’t use the software that day and your investment is gone…very fair.
Monthly costs for generalist for Subscriptions 2D&3D
Adobe Creative Cloud (new price 2023) 73,49 €
Photoshop plugins 18,00 €
(Topaz and others)
AE and Premiere plugins 9,00 €
(Stardust, Plexus, etc.)
3dsMax indie 22,00 €
(available since 2020, after years of complaints and discussions finally a very fair price for individualists)
Vray-Solo (insane for an already programmed plugin!) 34,90 €
ForestPack & Railclone 35,00 €
Additional small plugIns 3dsMax 20,00 €
Maxon Zbrush 32,69 €
Maxon Redshift 22,85 €
Cubase 50,00 €
(+ additional plugins)
Native Instruments 50,00 €
(approx., no subscription but expensive updates)
MS Office 365 9,00 €
376 € * 12 = 4512 €
P.S. Most software updates (patches?) are cosmetic and not useful for all users.
The new symmetry feature of Zbrush 23 is rather a long needed patch than an update.
As well with Vray and their new scatter tools…I work with itoo and don´t need it.
Same with 3dsMax. Most updates are patches.