Originally Posted by Wayne
Not a fan of the concept, although I can understand why more and more companies at looking at solutions like this as piracy has went off the scale the last few years. But for people like me in a rural area on a flakey (on a good day!) net connection that would be a sodding nightmare. Companies often forget not evreyone lives in a city
It is very understandable.
But i think it might help Autodesk if they take a page from other developers and markets. I have no idea on the figures but to me it feels like with packages like Houdini Apprentice there is really no need to pirate it, unless for commercial gain which is really the worst kind of piracy compared to a 13 year old who downloads it with no clue how to use or even profit from it.
Back when the Maya PLE was out i suspect piracy was still high since the watermark was over the entire viewport and the render, it was pretty clear that A|W was being highly protective of their product and trying to expand their userbase through the software wasnt the highest priority.
Houdini being one of the more expensive 3d solutions out there if you want all the fluids and Particle Operators has a good balance of getting the software to all who want to use it whilst protecting the product. They even have a new monetary setup with the HD version which i imagine will become a very steady stream of revenue.
So if this online talk is about piracy i really think they are going about it in the wrong way. If this is nostradamus prediction of technological advances, then i say only time will tell, but personally i cant see many CTO's now or in the foreseeable future looking to shift their entire pipeline into a completely online workspace.