OK let me say for a start that my subscription access ended with June.
I looked at what 06 had on offer, considered how much productive time trying
to use and maintain SW consumed, thought about where hardware and CAD
software might be going and what I am trying to do v.s. costs etc. and
canned it. No one takes migration lightly. No one other than me gives a rats
about whether SW meets my expectations/requirements or not or I should
continue being a user.
The quality issue comes around every release and people have a loud bitch
about it among themselves and then do exactly the same as last time - they
use it from sp0.0 or in this case pre-release or worse still they sign up
for 3 years.
Every time someone starts the stink bug ball rolling it fizzles out from
lack of support. When I complain in SW forum about the delay to sp1 for
instance the toe kissers appear to smother it. No one from the company
fronts to answer what ever their transgressions might be and no one cares
enough to hold them accountable.
The great silent masses deserve their plight. Same people who tune in to
webcasts and then have nothing to say...same people who read here and
Large companies do have clout but they are never publicly going to talk
about their frustration in the way we do here. They most likely get to talk
about it with top SW people - buying power opens doors- multi million dollar
margins to look after - but the result is that everyone gets to use the same
software. The software is unfortunately of a quality no different to the
industry so everyone gets to be disadvantaged the same.
Beta testing - which I disagreed with at the time - has not delivered the
gains people wanted. My impression is that only about 50 people actually
really participate meaningfully anyway. The problem is the overly aggressive
The industry is enmeshed in a short development cycle and has a very large
turnover linked to that. Nothing is going to make that change. The option
open to everyone is simply to get off the cycle and look for partners that
have a similar outlook.
Really people need to stop thinking of themselves as hapless victims in a
large conspiracy to mine dollars.
I agree that SW are not the community conscious company they were on the
way up but that doesn't mean they deliberately mess up or arrange things
just to preserve income. I think they still have a user friendly philosophy
and a genuine interest in the product even if it gets lost in the scale of
things. Consider the penalties of being a lagging AutoCAD user in
You enter into a likely ongoing commitment to use a particular CAD program
with all the trapping of training etc. If you are hurting about how things
have not worked out over time then you need to look at your reason for
continuing. It seems to me if you are spending money out of loyalty with a
hope of being one day thanked for it you do not have a realistic
understanding of life. You invest in something to use it not to make others
SW has moved ahead each release offering more capability to a typical user
and remains good value in comparison to its direct competition. You can do a
lot with it but the fact is SW can't deliver top range product performance
to users trying to do projects that are beyond its intent. People should
move up to ProE or Catia. Endlessly upgrading to the latest hardware in the
hopes of offsetting the capability of mid range software doesn't disguise
You get what you pay for and you reap what you sow by using a new release