At the risk of starting yet another gripe session…
The ‘suite’ has been free ‘for a limited time’ for (from my best guess) 5 months - at least - possibly 6. I remember telling some of my 2D artist friends to download it back in February/March time frame - meeting my obligation to tell at least 2 people about the software that used to be in the conditions for installing. (Haven’t read the terms of sale recently to see if that criteria still applies.)
I find it par for the course that after I pay for software, the package goes on sale for a deeper discount. That’s the risk of being an ‘early adapter’ in the marketing game. Even seeing a previous version given away provides as a hook for new customers and giving an ‘upgrade price’ goes along with that game.
But to offer the current software (and then some) free for such a long time is rather a slap in the face since I consider myself a loyal customer.
The software became free well after my ‘30 day’ period, so technically I have no grounds to ask for any ‘refund’ on my purchase. But DAZ has given the current version of 4.0 away for an unprecedented amount of time. I have less of an issue with Hexagon and Bryce. I got them at a discounted prices and still get took advantage of reduced price upgrades. But add those in and it starts to grate (even if I might have got them free because back at that time they truly were free for a short time frame).
Please, end the free giveaway and compensate those of us who bought the software, particularly Studio (like a ‘loyalty coupon” good for 30 - 60 days? Seems only fair. And not to mention, there’s a truth in advertising situation of having a perpetual ‘going out of business sale’... limited time means a limited and reasonable time frame. Five to six months goes beyond the definition of reasonable time.