Speaking about the beta program, I applied and was denied. I thought it a
bit funny, since I know the current app pretty damn well and would be a good
point of view for the 'next' version. I wonder what exactly is their
criteria??

Oh well....




> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Harland [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001 3:57 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] ATS
>
>
> > > Their wording is odd at best. " ATS membership CANNOT be purchased on
> > > existing Protel 99 SE licenses."
> > >
> > I am concerned that it seems that it seems possible that in the future
> there
> > will be diminishing support for the existing users, but surely
> they would
> > not want to loose their existing customer base (us). That would
> be plainly
> > stupid from their point of view (I hope).
> > I think that they are only trying to catch the new purchaser's, and they
> > will probably have this as standard for any future releases.
> >
> > Wayne Bickers
>
> I also suspect that anyone upgrading to (or purchasing) Protel 2001 (or
> Protel 2002, by the time it comes out of beta testing?) will have
> no option
> but to go onto an ATS program. I suspect that such an upgrade or purchase
> would include membership of the ATS program for 12 months, after
> which users
> would then have to pay for the next 12 months membership of the
> ATS program.
>
> Protel 99 SE was released in early 2000, and it is probable that the next
> version of Protel will be released early next year (based on
> Altium recently
> requesting users to apply for membership of the Altium Beta Program). With
> two years between major releases, long-term users would pay an upgrade fee
> for each new release, and an ATS membership update fee halfway between the
> issue of each new release. To that extent, it will be a change from the
> past.
>
> I suspect that anyone who didn't front up with their cash midway between
> releases would have to pay more next time they upgraded to the next new
> release (compared with users who *had* thus paid), so that Altium
> would then
> recover at least part of the funds that they would otherwise have acquired
> from those users.
>
> It is not as if Altium need the additional funds to keep their
> shareholders
> from rioting. So the question is what their users will get in exchange for
> these additional payments. (It has been a long time since SP6 was released
> for Protel 99 SE. And since the time it was released, two SPs have been
> released for use with P-CAD 2001.) But to pay almost $US2k a year, when a
> seat currently costs almost $US8k, certainly seems steep.
>
> Regards,
> Geoff Harland.

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