Normally I don’t voice my opinions on this type of stuff. But I feel SketchUp moving to only subscription base is a terrible move. I use both Sketchup Pro 2017 for my freelancing and SketchUp Pro 2020 subscription license for my full time job. I’m working in SketchUp everyday and can tell you that I only notice two differences between version 2017 and 2020. 1. Extensions no longer working in 2020 because developers don’t always have time to update their extension. 2. File problems when trying to open newer files. The reason I still use 2017 for my freelance is because I’ve had no reason to upgrade. You haven’t provided any new tools that make a difference to my workflow that is worth upgrading, the community has, which I’m really grateful for. Without the community SketchUp would be nothing.
You’ve built your whole software around relying on other developers to make the extensions and tools for you for free. Which is fine, this is how SketchUp grew to be where it is. If this wasn’t the case and the SketchUp team developed all of the tools and you could just download the software and have all the tools you would ever need right there already installed, then yes I can understand you moving to a subscription based license. The reason other softwares can get away with this is because they make everything in the program themselves and people will pay that company to keep enhancing the tools and U.I. You guys are updating/adding things that nobody is asking for because you know other developers will make it or have made it already. Then you go asking for more money when you’ve only just supplied a U.I. that doesn’t update hardly at all. I was already getting tired of paying for extensions to do the absolute basics of 3D modeling, such as UV’s, Array objects, and subdivide. You are one of the top 10 largest 3D Modeling softwares and you’ve NEVER added a subdivide tool! We all pay for SubD or Artisan.
You obviously know Blender is taking the top tier and maybe thats the reason you’re doing this. But this isn’t the way. What’s going to happen is you’ll update your software more often but now developers with their extensions that make SketchUp actually worth using will always be playing catch up or be out of date entirely. This subscription model doesn’t fit with how SketchUp works. It was built with the community in mind to help make it grow. Now you’re just making it more challenging and expensive for developers and your users.