I’m outraged by Pix4D continuing to move the goal post on cloud access. I know I cannot be the only one frustrated by the limitations that were imposed in early 2019 and now the complete removal of access to the cloud after S&U expires.
Pix4D has continued to ignore the early adopters that funded and allowed for their success and software improvements by purchasing a perpetual license early (2017). The new Cloud Advance is years behind in functionality to Dronedeploy and other cloud based solutions yet they are now requiring a subscription to access on top of the initial perpetual license fee that included Cloud access at the time of purchase.
I chose Pix4D because of the accuracy and control over the processing steps and I had the ability to upload projects to the cloud for client access. I have years worth of projects that my clients still need access to in a web viewer. I rarely ever utilize the cloud processing features as they do not allow for manual intervention between steps and use it primarily as a web viewer for my clients.
It’s unfortunate that over the years Pix4d is bringing less value to me year after year as they continue to up charge for basic functionality that is included in competing products for no charge.
Pix4D has chosen to bastardize its solutions into a la carte subscriptions so they can charge for new development and features. I can understand this if it’s a completely new product but not when it’s basic mapping features and tools that are enhancements to Pix4D Mapper.
Pix4D Mapper has all but been forgotten about from a development standpoint in lieu of cloud solutions.
As a consolation to their absurd new policy, select few got an added paragraph to their email notification that stated: “In light of this change, we are pleased to announce that an additional one (1) month Pix4Dcloud access free of charge will be automatically added to your account.”
SMH, what a joke!