Renting vs Buying Software: Which is Best for You?
Staff Writer By: Liam Stacy, Maxon
[Source: Maxon blog by Liam Stacy]
If you stop paying, you lose your software!
That's quite a catch! Rental is all well and good when you can afford to pay, but imagine this: Your business hits a bad spell, your cash-flow dries up and you can't afford to pay the fee. Then you instantly lose access to the software, which is likely your only way to continue your business. Just like that, you're finished. It's a scary thought but we all know it can happen, and it's precisely why we think perpetual licenses are still very important. With perpetual licenses, your software doesn't expire if your business hits a lean time.
What if you were given the choice? Which option would suit you best?
Those are two questions we've been thinking about a lot. We've been monitoring the feedback from customers moving to the new rental models offered by other companies. Some like them, some don't and both have very valid reasons. At MAXON, we believe the choice should be yours to make. Therefore, we now offer both long-term and short-term software solutions. Even better, we offer a chance to upgrade from short-term to perpetual licenses. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each, and then you can make up your mind which type suits you best:
These are licenses that you buy outright and offer several benefits:
The only drawback of a perpetual license is the initial cost.
These are licenses that work in the short-term and have three key benefits:
However, Short-Term licenses have several drawbacks:
Which is better for you?
This really depends on your budget and your time requirements. However, I think you'll probably fall into one of the four types below. I've suggested what I think is the best solution for each need:
If you need 3D software long-term...
If you want to dip before fully investing...
If you only need Cinema 4D for a few months...
If you only have a small software budget...
Hopefully, the above information has helped you figure out which license type is best for you, even if you start with one type you can still move to the other, if you really need to. We're trying to ensure we're offering what you need us to.
Perhaps you want us to go further and take advantage of monthly rental like some other companies. If that's the case, let us know and we'll look into it. MAXON has always been and will always be driven by the requests of our customers. We really value your feedback. Any ideas or needs you have, let us know on the suggestions page.
Naturally, pricing also comes into play. You can find your localized pricing and options on our buy page. If you still have questions and need more information, remember that your local MAXON representative is always just a phone call or email away.