The topic of transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to X with all the consequences might seem long depleted, but as long as there is FCP7 user base, it will return. Now, an interesting post has been published at creativecow.net forums – Franz Bieberkopf took some time and effort to summarize the number FCP older versions and FCPX users across the years. He openly admits that these numbers are of limited value, however it’s an interesting chunk of data nonetheless:
"Though I think user numbers are of limited value, it has become a bit of an interest to me (particularly in light of how secretive and vague the various developers tend to be, and in light of the sometimes outrageous claims here). I dug into past announcements from Apple in order to sketch the shape of the numbers that we do know (even including a graph!), and thus the growth curves over the past 15 years."
The data is not complete – there’s a big gap between 2003 and 2007, but a clear tendency can be observed. So, here’s the graph Franz mentions:
Below Franz’s post, other users rightly point out that you can look at the graph in two ways. On the one hand FCPX is currently still only half way in the number of users FCP7 had in its prime, and on the other, it only took FCPX three years to get to the same point that FCP 1-7 reached in 7 years.
Full text, with links to sources can be found at forums.creativecow.net via this link.