Yeah that´s right and a bit crazy, truespace, formerly a 599us$ app is from now on available free of charge.
It all comes down to Microsoft acquiring Caligari, the true space developers some time ago, and Microsoft are now doing a Google thingy and simply releasing the app for free, trying to boost their Live earth service just like google did with sketchup and their earth app.
So let´s see, that means you have seriously capable free apps like Sketchup, Caligari, Daz Studio and gimp and Houdini 9.5 HD available for 99us$, has it ever been so affordable getting your hands on so many and capable tools.
Great times for newcomers of course.
Virtual earth on the true space for free deal