If I remember well SU8 was the last free for commercial use.
SU7 was the last with free DWG import.
SU2017 will be the last with free geolocation photo imagery. For Pros it will only mean less quality on imagery.
Sincerelly, I understand the Pro user's frustration,as quality dropped a bit, but I cannot understand the frustration of hobbyists. It seems some hobbyist's life will end because their entertainment is over.
But what really bothers me is people using Make commercially, which they are not entitled to, but still brag about how Trimble should fulfil all their needs for free as if Trimble had the obligation to offer anything to anyone.
As a Pro, I'm really happy I still have the geolocation feature and the quality of imagery was nice to have, but what we will have now is for me, also enough. I'm sure there are other Pro users who are really frustrated but I hope there will be a solution for them.
For those who are able to pay, which unfortunatelly are not all:
It's trully incredible what Placemaker is able to do and, of course, having it for free would be madness...