As you can tell, there are plenty of options. So, which one should you choose?
First off, let's understand the differences between Bundled, Ongoing and Beta releases.
Every main release is a Bundled version, for example 1.0.0. As the development progresses, Ongoing versions will be released usually with short intervals apart, for example 1.1.0, 1.2.0, 1.2.1, etc. Beta versions may also be released inbetween Ongoing versions. The interval between Bundled versions is longer, it could go from 6 months to one year or even longer. Bundled versions are provided as-is, only very severe bug fixes are addressed with priority, all other bug fixes, limitations, future Maya versions support, improvements and new features are only handled in Ongoing versions and future Bundled versions.
Bundled versions will always stay behind in comparison, not only bug fixes but they will have around 5 or more new features and/or improvements that will only be included when other new features and improvements are released for Ongoing versions.
Some license editions will allow access only to Bundled releases, others to Bundled and Ongoing releases. Please see more details below. The idea of this system came out after a survey with more than 500 users. I needed to create a price scale so that I could attend as many budgets as possible and at the same time making this a sustaining project that can last for years. Instead of limiting animBot features on lower price options, the price scaling is defined thru support access and early access to releases/other contents. That way, everyone has access to the exact same features, only with a time difference on its access.
Please check animbot.ca/bundled to check when the next Bundled release will be available.
You can check all releases here: animbot.ca/versions
In a Nutshell, in comparison with Ongoing versions, Bundle versions will most likely:
- Be older.
- Miss 5 or more features and improvements.
- Take longer to be available for newer Maya versions.
- Possibly have more bugs.
Having understood that, let's take a look at the options...
*Another way to identify a Bundled release is when the version number in the middle is zero, i.e. 1.0.0, 2.0.3, 2.0.14).
Please note that there is no schedule defined for releasing tutorials. You will be informed by email when a new tutorial comes out.
Please note that there is no schedule defined for releasing tutorials and extra contents. You will be informed by email when a new tutorial comes out.
Why so many limitations?
This is the option with the most limitations, please make sure you understand them before purchasing it. In order to benefit every user in the long run, I need to have a sustainable environment where I can safely invest the amount of time that this project demands, and that is only achievable thru recurring revenue, that's the simple truth. At the same time, it's important to me to attend users that are extremely against subscription models, however I must keep subscription-based editions more attractive, otherwise everybody would purchase a one-time license and the ongoing development would fall apart, and everyone would lose.
If you need access to newer Maya releases, do not choose this option. Due to its limitations, it's not recommended for professional use and should definitely not be used by a company.
*This license edition will only allow the major Bundled release that was available at the time of purchase. For instance, if one purchases version 1.0, it will allow access only to animBot versions where the first 2 numbers is "1.0", i.e. 1.0.0, 1.0.1, 1.0.15.
Can a company use any other edition?
Legally yes, however for teams it's not recommended. Please read this article for more information.
If you are a student, do not reach out to me directly. Please read more details in this article.
Besides the Educational Edition, all others can be used for commercial purposes (please read details about each one above for recommendations). If you already purchased your license and wish to upgrade or downgrade it to another edition, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org