mroek wrote:As I've said in a few other threads, I am afraid that S3D isn't really being actively developed any longer
As someone who's been using the software for many years, I definitely disagree. They've released probably 20+ updates since I started using it. They just released 3.1.1 about a week ago, so it's obviously still being developed. They put out 3.0 last year which had probably 30 major features in it, so I have no doubt they will add many big features in 4.0, 5.0, etc. Just look at their release notes page. There is a long history of constant updates: https://www.simplify3d.com/software/release-notes/
Yep, that list contains 26 versions, but that's not really the point. The point is that since version 3, which was a big release with a lot of new stuff, very little of any real substance has happened. None (absolutely zero) of the most requested features has been addressed, for the most part it has been simple stuff like adding new printer profiles.
As far as I can tell, the first version was released very early in 2013 (can't find any exact info) under the name Creator (or S3DCreator). Then, under a year later they released version 2, after having released 12 minor updates inbetween.
Version 2 got 7 minor updates before version 3 came along in June 2015, some 18 months after version 2. Since then there has been only 4 minor updates (and they've been really
minor), and almost 17 months has passed.
In other words, almost the same time as between version 2 and version 3 has elapsed now (at the time of writing) but with fewer updates. This could of course mean that they are busy with version 4, so less time for minor updates, but it could also mean less development is happening. I am of course hoping for the former, but I am not as hopeful as I perceive you to be.
If we extrapolate the time between the previous releases, that means v4 should be released sometime around August 2017. If instead we hope for the same time as between versions 2 and 3, then we should be in for a great Christmas present.