Maxon is to release a free Student Version of Cinema 4D, intended for non-commercial use.
The pricing – or lack of it – is unusually aggressive for a non-watermarked version of a commercial 3D tool. Autodesk, NewTek, Side Effects Software, Adobe and The Foundry all charge for educational licences: from $99 for Houdini Apprentice HD to low-to-mid hundreds of dollars for the Autodesk and Adobe product suites.
The nitty gritty
The Cinema 4D Student Version is almost identical in features to the $3,695 Studio edition of the software, but lacks support for network rendering and plugins dependent on serial numbers. Licences last for 18 months.
Users wanting access to network rendering or third-party plugins – or the Maxon support line, which is also unavailable in the Student Version – can upgrade to a commercial Student/Teacher edition.
The price of the Student/Teacher edition hasn’t been disclosed publicly, but entitles users to upgrade to a full commercial edition of the software at a 25% discount.
Coming soon to a country near you
The editions are being rolled out in stages, so at the minute you can only order the Student/Teacher edition – or pre-order the Student Version – if you live in the Americas, most of Europe, Japan or South Korea.
Maxon says it plans to have the Student Version available worldwide by the summer.