This sudden 20% increase in cost has just priced me out of the purchasing the
I am a college student on the GI Bill and have been scraping pennies together to
purchase SketchUp-Pro . . . I was finally ready to buy it this month. I am trying to
set up a freelance 3D model making business.
Last week it was still $590. This dramatic leap in price has now ruined those plans.
What are users getting for a 20.6% increase? I have absolutely ZERO need for
this maintenance and support plan. Are we getting a Fillet and Chamfer tool as
featured on SolidWorks? Are we getting a Vertex, Edge Line and Plane selecting
tool as featured on Maya? Are we getting a poly-count multiplier as featured on
ZBrush? Is there a fix to the redundant polygon generation or line merging?
We are getting NONE of that . . . all I see is a price increase that came without
I use SketchUp because it is intuitive, easy to use, forgiving in the construction of
shapes, and gaining ground in the video game and movie production design industry.
I cannot get training in software needed for that outside of school, they are too
expensive and the new infusion of “cloud” subscriptions for licenses will make
things near impossible for artists without means.
I need to be able to build models for export in OBJ Format, as Maya is the 3D
modeling standard for the industry but extremely difficult to use; to the point
of being anti-intuitive.
I NEVER received warning of this price leap and I am on the newsletter listing.
So now I am very ANGRY at what SketchUp has decided to spring on private
You need to offer different options for your customer base, as I have no desire
for this tech support add-on. Exactly like when adobe changed photoshop to
a subscription only version, because as of this change, I cannot afford your
product. One I have need of to even have a chance at making myself employable
after the Army.
I have bills and expenses and will not be able to “just hold off” until later.
Now I am at a loss over what I am supposed to do now?