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Old 08-07-2020, 05:23 PM
ejinbc ejinbc is offline
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Default Re: 33 day countdown! Time to stick?

Opinion Here. YMMV. IMHO.

I think it is pretty clear that the current software remuneration model is not sustainable for mature applications. Programs such as MS Office, Adobe, and Pro Tools are all very mature products – while Moore’s Law may predict infinite exponential growth, there is a limit as to what your DAW / Spreadsheet / Word Processor needs to do. Currently, updates appear to be for operating system compatibility (more below), final (final) (final) bug stomping, and introduction of highly niche features that many/most users simply will not see significant value in. Subscription models are here to stay (for now) and most software companies (with shareholders) MUST move to Software-As-Service models. Let’s face it, Pro Tools is mature after a gazillion years of development - though there are arguably features that remain to be implemented.

So, freezing really means, “How long do you believe that you can do without hardware upgrades, that require operating system upgrades, that requires a Pro Tools upgrade”. After watching this forum for a few years I would say for Macs you can freeze for about a week (kidding, but not by much), if you work on a Windows 10 platform you are probably OK for a lot longer. Currently, I think I could have frozen on PT 10.3 and still be OK with Win 10 and current hardware (MOTU 1248) – though I personally found significant added value in 64bit, non-real time bounce, and track freezing (happy to pay). Folders not so much yet.

I am very interested to see if Avid can roll out another feature that has high general appeal so that perpetual licence maintenance makes sense. YMMV.

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