arhi wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:36 am
well let's be honest here, there are ppl that use the version of s3d that was out when they purchased it, and they never even upgraded, they don't come to forum, they don't monitor what else is out there, they just use s3d as is and they are happy .. I know ppl I convinced to purchase s3d that are still on 3.0 .. didn't even bother to go to 3.1 for the bugfixes.. they just don't care "it works for them" .. so there's always going to be a market for s3d, no matter how much they charge and what features they do (not) have .. as there will always be ppl like that .. so "you have to.." part just don't work, they don't have to do nothing.. and we have to understand that they don't have to do nothing (took me a while to accept that) ..
That isn't a good analysis of the situation. The people that are still on the older version, that haven't bothered to update....aren't going to pay to upgrade. Most people with the "it works" mindset are just going to use a free Slic3r anyway.... because it "just works".... and its free.
The proper, in my opinion, analysis is that;
1. People that are fine with older versions because "it just works" have already showed they don't have an interest in ANY updates, let alone paid ones.
2. Current enthusiasts who *would* consider paying to upgrade aren't going to be willing to pay to upgrade unless S3D really pulls some tricks out of the bag.
3. Pushing out existing users with a lack of ACTUAL information; we have no development timeline, we know 0 new features, 0 new improvements to existing software/features, no release date, lack of community involvement, etc. Version 5 is quite literally nothing but an empty promise at this point.
4. IF people are going to marry themselves to a paid upgrade schedule, they're going to want a development schedule.
5. Existing customers are going from recommending S3D to others without hesitation to, "Ehh, you should probably just get a free slicer." This should be terrifying for S3D as a brand relying solely on slicer software sales.
6. New users aren't going to pay for premium software, that for the the most part, has no novel/premium features, especially if it will require future paid upgrades.
This thread has been MONTHS of people citing a lack of information. Paying, loyal customers, people most likely willing to pay for the update, pleading for anything from a *potential* release date to ANY feature information. S3D continues to disregard their loyal customer base, which in turn will almost certainly impact their sales.....HARD. I'm honestly baffled that S3D has, up until now, and continues to let these worries go unanswered. Most definitely should have put some more thought into the "V5 Update!" We thought we were getting information, we got none. They're presenting a sentiment that everything is just peachy but really THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE.
This all leads back to S3D sales declining. As we know, there is always someone out there who is willing to buy something for the sole sake of buying it. But that is very niche, not exactly a sustainable "market".
Maybe its blind loyalty, or the favorable experience I have had using S3D's software, but damn, you guys are really making it hard to want to stick around. If you need PR help, suggestions, anything, let me know. I really would like to see S3D return to its former glory. 3D-Printing is finally surging and becoming heavily used. It has passed the novelty hype from ~5 years ago. Now is the time to get this car back in gear. The future is bright, and the time to be at the top is now.