Just a fellow daily SketchUp Pro user, never really felt the need to contribute or comment on the forum until now. The architecture office I work for uses sketchup for 3D and Autocad for drawings…
My initial response to the subscription model was negative like the general consensus. However looking deeper I am glad to see a 50% lower cost option for the Pro-license.
However if Trimble insists on a subscription model we as consumers should push for a monthly subscription with the option to cancel monthly payments at any point; similar to Adobe CC.
Trimble claims it will be able to provide better bug fixes and updates but it is not guaranteed. Merely claimed as to why they are switching to subscriptions. As consumers we should be skeptical and hold them accountable for what is delivered down the road.
- Last year, updates with inferencing and Layout were amazing and exciting!
- This year, updates mostly seem like minor fixes and beta updates, not really exciting.
Frankly, a pay as you go model of $25 per month ($300 total for year) makes SketchUp more accessible to anyone willing to try it out, and gives direct user feedback to Trimble should people start canceling their monthly payment/service.
If anyone is listening please make this happen!
If you agree let Trimble know. We should work together for a better product!
In fairness to Trimble, Sketchup Make/free users had it good long enough. Phasing them out of updates is reasonable and anyone still has the option to do a free SketchUpPro-30 day trail which is fair.