Alternate 3D apps?

Since Blender’s downfall i’ve been considering purchasing a new commercial 3D app.

Here’s what I want:

-Under $500
-Nurbs
-good poly modeling tools
-subdivision-surfaces
-ray-tracing
-good amount of plug-ins
-intuitive
-dynamics

It’ll be for personal use.

Don’t give up on blender yet. Ton hasn’t stopped fighting for his baby yet.