I don’t personally care HOW it’s implemented, provided there’s a way of not being dependent upon a data link just to have access to command and normal help. I don’t mind having to download something once (and perhaps periodically thereafter) but having to download it every time it’s accessed is a deal breaker.
Not having access to command help because there’s no net connection is not acceptable for a product with no printed manual. I don’t mind not having a manual but I DO mind not having access to the docs. We don’t all live in nice metropolitan areas where web access is cheap.
We aren’t all Jeff’s who have the entire command set memorized. Some of us are NEW users who don’t know all this stuff and DONT have years of experience with Rhino under our belts and as a result WILL be frequently referring to the documentation.
Optional downloads are fine, provided there’s an easy mechanism to transplant the download. In my case I download the DMG’s at work, toss them on an external drive and bring them home that way.
If you live out in the boonies you pay through the nose for net access, often by the MB. Overage charges can be ludicrous and double or triple your bill without even breaking a sweat. Being as I do the majority of my Rhino work at home this is a key issue. If I had downloaded the images here for every WIP over the last couple months at home I could have easily paid for a license just in the costs of the overages. It’s such a crucial issue for me that I have Little Snitch installed and manually ok all outgoing access, and have rules set up to allow outbound access for the sites I visit often that don’t go off site for crap like ad content and whatnot (I.E. this one).
Adobe lost a life long customer (I was a beta tester for After Effects 1.0) when it forced the CS in the cloud down our throats. The cloud versions burn through web bandwidth like it was water which makes the apps utterly useless to me. It would more than likely cost me $300-400 a month in bandwidth surcharges just to use those apps at home due to the amount of bandwidth they use for who knows what under the hood.