> Protel
> *is* worth its current retail price of $7995, in my view. It is more than
> hobbyists can afford, but anyone who is seriously involved with design,
who
> is trying to make a living with it, is advised to realize that the
> productivity features make it worth the price.

$5K tops, dude. IMO.

Why pay ever more for mostly re-used code?  Oh, I believe we discussed this
before ;-)

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "Abd ul-Rahman Lomax" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Using 3D


> At 02:23 PM 11/15/01 -0500, Paul Hutchinson wrote:
> > >They boast about this feature in the full pages ads in EE Times as well
as
> >on the web site. The advertising of this feature almost got me to
upgrade.
> >Fortunately I've learned to never trust anything Protel/Altium says and,
the
> >talk on this forum about the uselessness of the 3D viewer confirmed my
> >suspicion that it was just marketing fluff.
>
> *However*, if Mr. Hutchinson will watch this list, he may note that those
> of us who have upgraded to 99SE are quite happy that we did. We are
> realistically aware that someone with a bad attitude toward honesty and
> full disclosure appears to have some authority with Protel marketing, but
> we do not toss out the baby with the bathwater. Protel 99SE is truly an
> advance over earlier versions, and those who adopted it early have done
well.
>
> Given what we are quite sure is coming, $1995 for upgrade from Protel 98
is
> a bargain and $3995 for upgrade from earlier versions is not bad. Protel
> *is* worth its current retail price of $7995, in my view. It is more than
> hobbyists can afford, but anyone who is seriously involved with design,
who
> is trying to make a living with it, is advised to realize that the
> productivity features make it worth the price.
>
> We are concerned about the ATS program because it appears to represent a
> very significant increased maintenance cost, but this is a long-term
> concern. The immediate costs are likely to be reasonable, i.e., the P99SE
> to P2002 upgrade which will include a year's ATS.
>
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Abdulrahman Lomax
> Easthampton, Massachusetts USA


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