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>Since I would not be surprised to see the full regular price of DXP move 
>to $9995 within a year of release, $1495 would be right on the moneyI am 
>concerned, however, about the loss of the low end market. Protel was not 
>the cheapest CAD system around, but it was priced so that most any serious 
>designer could afford it. Accel Tango lost its original customer base by 
>"upgrading" itself out of reach of many of them. By the time of 
>acquisition by Protel, Accel was losing money, I understand. Coincidence?
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Im one of this a serious designer mentioned above. I'm running a small 
electronic designer office.

I'm working with Protel since 1993 and worked with:
-Protel for DOS (1993)
-Schematic 3.2 / PCB 2.8 (1997)
-Protel 98 (2/1999)
-Protel 99 (???)
-Protel 99SE (12/1999)

The money I have spent in this time to Protel is arround $4500. Thats $500 
per year. Now I should spend three or four times this amount every year. If 
I would work with Protel every day and would make my main income with it, 
no problem. But only a small fraction of my sales are gathered with Protel, 
so this amount is just to high for me.
I dont know what I will do, at the moment I will stuck with P99SE, have a 
look at DXP Demo but also at cheaper packages. I would love to stay with 
Protel, but I also love to stay in buisness too.
And I definitly will not betatesting for Altium!!!! If they want that much 
money, they can do the work by them self!!!!

I have to stop writing, because the blood pressure is raising to a risky level.

Edi Im Hof


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