Yeah, sorry for the direct tone in the first message, long morning.
My issue with this system is the absence of choice. there are softwares I would take as a subscription, other I would rather have a fixed licence, stuff I don’t use often, stuff where I don’t need constant updates (looking at you photoshop, my work process has been fine since 2010, no need to update stuff every two weeks)
The subscription model also raises issues when updates are underwhelming. In 2020, SU’s layers became tags. woop woop. at some point, photoshop obtained the tools to design apps while adobe also released a dedicated app. and mac os now works better with ipads, iwatches and icloud, none of witch I own / use. again, woop woop (you have to say it out loud in a cheerful yet sarcastic manner )
stuff simply stops working inside SU. A white / grey page instead, I think I remember seeing.
The 3d warehouse has evolved quite a lot recently, now you can have a preview of the object before downloading, and with SU free being a browser based tool, using the warehouse in browser is quite ok. I recommend installing eneroth’s extension so you can open more recent files than 2020 (or colada), but still, it’s ok.
Same for the extensions, it’ll add 2-3 steps, instead of using the warehouse in SU, you’ll use it in browser, download the package, and install it using the extension manager as if it came from any other source. Or use Sketchucation.
The real loss here is the geolocation tool. In the free version you can add a location but not the images / terrain. same in your case, you can type in coordinates, but you won’t get the photo / terrain anymore.
At this point, you’ll have to use outside tools, cadmapper (terrain + buildings, no photos), place maker, manual sources…
So it’ll really depend on your use of SU.
Personally, I don’t use the 3d warehouse a lot. from time to time, for inspiration, but I’ll probably redraw the stuff in my own way in the end. I’ve got my extensions, and I rarely need to install new ones, especially from the warehouse (if it’s both on the warehouse and sketchucation, I’ll pick the latter).
And the geolocation… I usually use a mix of cadmapper + cadastral dxf on top, Here in france, it’s either bad quality 3year old digital globe photos or medium quality 5-7 years old bing photos. Having google map on my second screen is more useful.
So if I were to be in your situation, I would be mostly ok. But you could as well use these 3 tools all the time. and in that case, I get it. it’s annoying.