This is THE tool for texture artistry, period. The power bestowed upon you by this software is nothing short of amazing.
Sure many 3D packages these days have node-based material editors but they are a mere shadow compared to what Substance Designer offers. Couple the vastly increased power (rooted in the FX-Map node and custom functions) with the fact that these substances aren't held hostage by any one piece of software and you have texturing nirvana.
Not only is the software itself great but the customer support from Allegorithmic is fantastic. I made an enquiry about an addon that customers who buy direct from them have access too and within 2 minutes I had a response that outlined what they were going to do to ensure I received the addon too. I have also noticed in the community hub that others have recieved similar great service.
If there is one thing I would complain about it would be that I think their online manual needs more detail on the more advanced features, Function internals for instance, where some important node types are given very vague descriptions. The Sequence node is a good example of this. That said, the video tutorials they provide links to on their site cover pretty much all you need to know and ti didn't really take me that long to figure out how to use it on own.
If you texture, get substance. You will not regret it.
Posted: November 27th, 2013