i had to open this discussion, because it seems to me that there is a big change in the Blender world, i am not talking about the new UI (wich is only a UI redesign at final) or Evee… i am talking about the community change and the non-profit spirit.
To give an overview of the context, i have to say that for professionnal blender users, we will not move to 2.8 before longtime… why ?
1- because working people use 2.79b and it works like a charm
2- 2.8 will be stable… when ? nobody knows…
3- we have to adapt our pro script… take some times
4- all new scripts for blender 2.8 seem to be commercial ones
… and so on…
we are (pro users) a bit sad about the direction of some devs, regarding the futur of our beloved Blender… yes, it was for nearly 15 years, a free spirit for a free app, a sharing tools as well as a learning tool… but i see in the futur, a long list of “addons” (238 in the market to be exact) that you will have to pay to use them… and then ?
well, if we have to buy many plugins, it will cost like a commercial software… at the end !
i made some calculation, based on general tools and scripts that we are used to process during our project management… and as i get the result, it will cost us more than 300$… minimum…
is that the way that everybody want to go ? because for the price, you can get a commercial app with similar tools included !!! so, i wondering what is the point !
i dont critic blender, as i use it from 2002, i was admin of blender-pro com in 2005… and i teach it in university from 2009… i love Blender as it was in the past, a bridge between artists and coders, a bridge between freedom and creativity.
i dont really understand why most of the news plugins are going commercial… before the official 2.8 release !!! it doesnt make me confident in the futur of blender sadly)
so… we will continue to use the 2.79b… and in case, the 2.8 become a profit-based app… we will definitely not make any more promotion of Blender, to schools or companies the same way as before… i dont want to spend our time talking about spirit when the only objectiv is to sell addons… at the end… seems capitalism to me
have a nice day of Blender work !