I started using Shapr3D a couple of years ago. I gave it a go, not expecting much in the sense that I didn’t expect it to be “easy”, in terms of 3D design. I wasn’t an expert (still I’m not) and in the past I always felt disappointed not to be able to translate what I had in my mind in 3D designs: some programs that I tried to get into (ex. SketchUp, Fusion 360) for some reasons never get me going… too cumbersome, too far from immediacy. Hard to explain what was “wrong” with them, I always thought it was really me not adapting to them not the other way around… this is the way 3D is, so just comply, if you can. For the most part, I coudn’t.
I always start a new software without touching the manual, not for haugtiness but simply to see if it would get along with me intuitively, if the time spent together would be a nice journey. The very first time I started Shapr3D I was able to draw from zero a mains power distributor complete with all (fairly complex) output sockets… an experience leaving me frankly surprised, it was the first time that a 3D package was adapting to ME… then I looked at the price. Wow… very far away from any IPad app I purchased in the past. But in a couple of days I made my decision and bought it.
I don’t use 3D designs daily, it is not something I make a living directly out of it (but it helps me in my activity, nonetheless) but I really could not help not to purchase it: it went past my expectations in no time.
This was before Shapr went from 249,00 to 499,00 (if I’m not mistaken with the prices) and I was an early enough adopter to be able to keep it at the old price, something I appreciated a lot. And then the program went from an iPad only application to a Windows native one too, something I appreciated as much if not more. I don’t own a Mac, but this would be a one bit more reason to do so.
What I’m trying to convey is that Shapr3D in my case became sort of indispensable, being very very close to my “hands on” way to approach building/designing, which is invaluable when creating. I’m not exactly an hobbyst, not really a 3D professional, not a graphic designer nor a painter. I don’t really “need” this software, but at the same time and in very many ways I could not do without. For me 249,00 yearly is still very fair for what I get out of it, and for what it gives to me. It is not perfect, It still has a lot of “quirks” and I would prefer (Shapr, listen to this!) to have the sketching experience made more consistent first, before of all other added features, but this is me, I’m confident It will be addressed.
Would I still buy a license for 499? Honestly I would have to think hard, it does not represent a straightforward income for me, I would probabily stick to a lower grade license… but still I would stick to the program itself, no others are as much as intuitive alternatives for me.
Everyone (except the company!) would like a lower price, that’s without doubt, but I don’t really feel it is overpriced… and I’m saying it from a non-professional point of view. If this would be a software I would be more professionally involved with, 499 would be a no brainer for me, it would be a real bargain.