I am considering switching to Archicad. How good are the new versions? If I buy a perpetual license, would I be able to use it for 5-6 years?
Or is everybody doing an subscription and is moving automatically to the next version?
To answer your other questions, buying a Perpetual license ( maintence fee complosary for the initially purchase) you can use it 5-6 years without any further outlay in that time. Subscriptions is more a Revit thing where you pay alot of money every year to be able to use it. Archicad has this but is an expensive way of using Archicad when Perpetual is better.
In addition to a Perpetual license you can continue the yearly maintenance fee (up to 2 thousand dollars depending where you live) after the first year which entitles you to the new versions, but of course if they aren't any better than the version you are using, you don't have to use them.
Certainly if you don't want to upgrade for 5-6 years, after this time your upgrade to the latest version is the same cost for 3+ older versions so works out cheaper then paying the yearly maintenance fee over that time. Also there are always specials in the month leading up to the release of the new version so that is the time to buy.
Assume you know there are 2 creditable professional versions available, Solo and Teamwork with a considerable price difference. Make yourself aware of the differences for your situation and ask any questions.
Re upgrading to every new version, read many threads here that advise you to don't use the new versions to at least after the first Hotfix. How long did it take for the 23 hotfix? 6 months? not good enough.
Imac, Big Sur AC 20 NZ, AC 25 Solo UKI,