June 10, 2011, 01:24:14 pm
Don't worry, there's no evil conspiracy to squeeze out every last penny of you
New features cost money to develop, this is the case for every software developer, and you should only buy plugin Packs if you need them and if you can make money with them.
Our customers have got different needs. Some might need the 166 new trees/plants in the Trees & Plant Pack if their main focus is on garden design, others make offshore windfarm visualisations and will need the ocean shader to simulate rough weather in the North Sea. Having separate plugins gives you, the customer, freedom to pick and choose depending on your individual needs.
As a Lumion Basic user, you have the opportunity to "partly" upgrade so to speak, since all existing license holders get one plugin Pack for free. Also bear in mind that there will be a range of ways to earn credits by helping us out, so that upgrading will be more affordable for our most helpful users.
Regarding lighting, it's not an either/or situation. We *will* do our very best to introduce articial lights, night lighting, sun position based on longitude/latitude etc. I personally also think we need to upgrade the sky colour system to make it look more realistic at sunset. The reason this hasn't been done yet is that all these features are closely connected and require a significant amount of work. But this doesn't mean it's not a priority at all - but it will
take time before we get this right.
EDIT: Arthur is looking into the tree problem at the moment - apologies for this.