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Regarding the cost of licensing: Consider a 10 year lifecycle for CAD software. For SolidWorks, it would be minimum $4000 for the initial license fee, plus $1,295/year for maintenance. Total 10 year cost of $17,000. For Onshape, the 10 year cost of a subscription would be $12,000. Factor in the burdened cost of managing licenses and installing updates, and the perpetual license doesn't look so hot. Consider the time value of money, and cashflow factors, and a perpetual license looks downright unattractive. As for the "renting a house" analogy: rent and mortgage are not that different. Stop paying either, and you end up getting kicked out. (Even if you own your house, you can still get kicked out, if you don't pay your taxes.) In the case of software subscription, if you're in-between projects and want to reduce costs, you can roll back your subscriptions, then add them back when you need them, You lose nothing. On a perpetual license, dropping maintenance is something that can't usually be undone. CAD vendors generally try to make that option as unattractive as possible.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
Back in 2006, I was at a party at Joel Orr's house in Mountain View, and I spent quite a bit of time talking with Eli about some of the concepts that appear to be at the heart of his patent. When it comes to "tall buildings" Eli knows whereof he speaks. From his bio at Huffington Post: "As head of his own New York firm, Eli Attia Architects, and earlier as Chief of Design for Philip Johnson, Eli designed several internationally-recognized buildings that have been critically acknowledged as instrumental in redefining the modern skyscraper." They say it's not bragging if you've done it. Eli has done it. In our conversation, I found the way that Eli decomposes a the process of creating building to be reminiscent of how really good software architects decompose their systems. While his 2009 patent application probably looks, on the surface, like an "idea and not a method," you might need to read the 8 subsequent patent applications to start to get a sense of what he's really getting at.
You win some, you lose some. Personally, I don't care about wins and loses. I care about how well their products serve customer needs.
Autodesk brought out all the big guns... and chose not to stream the media sessions. I've not been able to figure out a good reason for this. But it seems to be par for the course.
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