StealthPrint wrote: ↑
Wed May 22, 2019 2:03 pm
Prusa 2.0 released today. I think that's the killshot. Cleaned up the UI, added many SIGNIFICANT features. Constant community engagement. I'm going to download it and start getting familiar. They even provide a definitive "here is what we're working on for the next update." They've released two meaningful updates already this year. I can't even imagine how many light-years ahead S3D would be ahead if the continued development on a consistent schedule from when they were released.
As much as I agree with the requests for meaningful development updates and as much as I like S3D's superior UI, any new features announced by S3D will almost always be behind the Prusa slicer curve: Prusa slicer development is subsidized by hardware sales, so they can afford to spend resources on free-slicer development. The open source community is working on improvements, too. In addition, Prusa's work on their slicer also supports their hardware, so it's win-win.
S3D's sole source of income, as far as I can tell, is from slicer sales - in an arena dominated by free slicers. I'm surprised they've lasted this long. They were on top with their features and I'm pleased that I bought S3D several years ago, but that was the past.
I'll reconsider buying an upgrade to 5.0 (it's a "No." for now) if S3D can eventually give me a compelling reason why I should do so, considering the continually improving slicers available for free. Or they can make the upgrade inexpensive enough that it's a no-brainer to upgrade. They'd also better think about announcing features and pricing soon, before their customer base moves on.