Karl wrote:Don't think this has ever been the case as people wouldn't buy the SSA if there was no advantage. There has always been a penalty added on for not purchasing the SSA, and that penalty cost-wise was why they encourage you to continue the SSA.
But, my understanding is that if you stop paying and skip one annual cycle, then the upgrade at the next cycle (should it have features that you want) will cost the same as if you had paid now anyway so nothing is really gained
The subscription fee (not an upgrade fee) provides priority technical support, physical license key insurance (for those with keys), subscriber-only downloadable content, and more ... along with any updates released during the subscription year.
Mjules wrote:You're joking, right? Is Netflix a membership corporation? None of us are stockholders of Nemetschek Group, owner of Graphisoft, by way of making payment for a product and service. I'm sure if you bought 20% or more of Nemetschek, you would have the kind of input you're talking about.
Since you're talking about annual subscription fee. Does Graphisoft operate like a membership corporation? If so, it would be interesting. We would only need the rights of vote to decide on both the ArchiCAD features and future as well.
jl_lt wrote:So much this.
I have to agree with Mr. Insideru. It is unrealistic to expect for life updates with one single price. I see it like those gym memberships that are quite low and you just keep paying it every year if for whatever reason one day you decide you finally need to get in shape.
Having said that, i kind of agree with the OP. Yearly upgrading is not for everyone. Why not implement an hybrid system? you pay yearly, but if you dont upgrade you pay less that year. If you skip two or three upgrades and you want to upgrade at the fourth year, you pay a premium, and so forth. Win win!
@Mr Mrjoules, one can always dream in being able to tell Prof. Nemetschek what to do
Braza wrote:You already can and no, that's not really awesome, and I'm thankful that GS didn't go this route.
And if we could pay for Archicad the same we pay for Netflix (regarding the proportions ) it would be awesome, isn't it?
im also against the software as a service concept. mainly on principle. what is this obsession of always being up to date anyway? the constant mingling and updating of the software WITHOUT your permission is annoying in the very best of scenarios.