As a very new user to Blender, but an almost 20 year user of advanced CAD software as a 3D CAD designer and skilled in rendering (including Max, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, through the years) I can tell that Blender is no simple program. I’m only familiar with the 2.82a version and I must admit the interface is slick, easy to navigate and the on-screen redraw and functionality of the interface as a whole is the same if not better than software I’ve used that costs thousands of dollars.
I’m curious to know the business side of Blender and how such a stellar piece of software is able to be offered for free without pop ups and advertisements - is there other revenue streams or add-ons that are unknown to me? I know in the past I’ve used software that I thought was free, until I realized or someone informs me that it’s free for personal use but $XX.XX for professional use but I don’t see that here.
Even if Blender was offered at a $100/yr annual subscription I couldn’t imagine anyone who could gripe about it. I’m very grateful for this program being free, so if anyone from the business side of Blender is reading, thank you!