KeyboardWarrior wrote: ↑Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:38 pm
The general demeanor on this thread is horrid and shows what an embarrassment the 3D printing community can be at times.
"Even if you let people walk all over you, they'll still complain you're not flat enough" comes to mind here. Simplify3D gives these updates out for free. I got the software all the way back at version 2.2 in early 2014, before they had an online portal system, and back when they had half the features they do now. Even at version 2.2, it was better than what Cura or Slic3r offers at current day, so the 150$ price-tag was justified. Then Simplify gave out version 3.0, which had Dual Extrusion Wizard which once again paid for the software all over again. Even today, they continue to give out free updates, but yet people still have the audacity to complain.
If Simplify3D were truly "Money-Hungry" they would of gone the route of KISS-Slicer a long time ago, where you sell the software with no support, no updates and no company really at all. For 3D printing enthusiasts who have multiple printers (with multiple firmwares) there's literally no other competition for an all-in-one software package. I am happy that Simplify3D has created a great software package that's quick, easy to use and reliable, so it bothers me to see the level of discontent here on the forums by folks who literally want to see a "new version", just to see a "new version". You guys may of seen my sticky, where I went through and described all the features of each tab in Simplify3D, so I'm pretty well-versed with the software, and enjoy helping others become well-versed too, since 3D printing is an amazing tool. However, the posts in this thread don't even ask for specific features, they just ask for a "new version", like a kid in a toy-store crying while pointing at a new toy.
You want to make it about the people asking for features like they are low for even asking for a consistent schedule.
You must be an iphone user. Let us kiss the feet of the software gods lets they hurl thunderbolts. There are tons of other software that are fully functional, that have paid versions and that do constant timely updates.
Reaper comes to mind. They post their release changelog on the front page of the site. The software is fully functional and if you want to make money off of it then you buy a discount or commercial license. The licenses doesn't expire till they hit a full milestone so that people get a fair amount of updates and nobody has a problem. There goes your argument because both Cura and Slicer have had more updates than Simplify3D. I can literally go to their GITHUBs and submit an issue and people will respond. They don't just let Feature Request pile up without giving anything priority and we can see that. Don't blame the users for expecting better support either.
The point is software companies are supposed to stick to their development schedule and inform their users, its as simple as that. That is literally the point of Agile and Scrumm in Software development. Read #1 & #3. Let it sink in. There is a reason it is there. This exactly how I know you know nothing about what you are talking about.
Agile software development principles
The Manifesto for Agile Software Development is based on twelve principles:
1. Customer satisfaction by early and continuous delivery of valuable software
2. Welcome changing requirements, even in late development
3. Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months)
4. Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
5. Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted
6. Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication (co-location)
7. Working software is the primary measure of progress
8. Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace
9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design
10. Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential
11. Best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams
12 .Regularly, the team reflects on how to become more effective, and adjusts accordingly