This is partly a rant and also a legitimate, life-long question.
I recently decided to upgrade my 3DS Max from 2013 to 2015 (one of the perks of being a student) and I noticed that the file size of the installer is 7.27 GB, which I thought was pretty insane because 2013 was only 4.13 GB. What the hell have they put in it in the last 2 years that makes up more than 3 GB? In comparison, Blender 2.72 is only 59 MB. I understand that Blender is a much smaller application, but I certainly don’t think it’s 123 times smaller.
But Autodesk applications aren’t the only offenders. Look at Microsoft Office vs OpenOffice.org, and Adobe Photoshop vs GIMP. I feel like the big companies are just padding out their software garbage data (possibly to reduce piracy?). As a somewhat experienced programmer now, I feel like I understand software development quite well--but this is something that rapes my brain and spits on the foundation of common sense that humanity has worked so hard to build.
So my question is: what the hell is going on with these application file sizes?