Just info: be aware of some plug-in developer already leaving the Maxon boat due their new licence models.
A lot of them are talking about possibly switching to Blender now. Octane just released their own version of Blender 2.8 that is free to use, but only allows 1 GPU. Not all features are finished yet and it’s Windows only for now. Otoy says they release an OS X and Linux versions eventually.
Do you have any specifics on which developers are talking about leaving? I’d appreciate any info you have.
I got the studio version at a big discount and paid for it with a few freelance jobs. But didn’t have any great intention of updating every year. A lot of people on C4dcafe still using versions that go back to R12 and earlier. C3d is still more fun to use. C3d snapping works a lot better to me.