I don't understand this comparison. Are you suggesting that FormZ can compete with what Revit can do, thus making Revit seem super expensive? I've been teaching myself FZ for a bit but am I missing it's true BIM capabilities in regards to what Revit can do? Yes, Revit is a bit pricey but it seems to offer more than just architectural modeling, rendering and sheet layouts. I mean it's an Apple to Orange comparison imo.
It's a great comparison to SketchUp, which I like and use a lot. To me Form Z Jr is a great comparison to SketchUp Pro. It's still $495 (what SU used to be) and it includes things that SU Pro does NOT included; subdivision tools, nurbs, included architectural tools, AO display, etc. All of these have to be added into SU and most cost extra.
That SU has moved to a subscription model is NOT a surprise to anyone that has worked with Trimble before!
Edit: " (3D) Max $1545 per year ...., Revit $2310 per year " No one pays separately for these. The AEC Collection is $2,965/year that has both of these as well as ALL of the other CAD/Civil products included. Not sure if this was your point. If not then I apologize.