jeez, no i didn't think about that at all
i don't know anything about PCAD

this looks grim, like they really bit off more than they can chew

Dennis Saputelli

Rob Young wrote:
> 
> Dennis,
> 
> > if they work on patching and improving 99SE now, they might undermine
> > and dissipate their efforts to get DXP in shape
> 
> The one thing you didn't mention is that they have to maintain PCAD as well.
> Just read of few of the excerpts from the PCAD forum below.
> I am quite concerned about the future of Altium.  Personally, I don't see
> PCAD and Protel continuing
> as two individual packages.  If Altium survives this DXP/ATS disaster, I
> think one package will have to go.
> 
> ----excerpt of post from PCAD forum on 8/7/2002
> I talked to someone at Accel and they assured me they are planning a
> new release this year and it will work with the new "Situs"
> autorouter. That same autorouter will work with Protel as well as
> PCAD.
> 
> Now that Protel's release has taken place, they will be concentrating
> on this next release of PCAD.
> ---------------------
> ----excerpt of post from PCAD forum on 8/6/2002
> People, the scariest thing of all is the silence on the other end. The only
> communication I've had from PCAD was when they called and asked "when" I was
> planning on sending my maintenance money. I know how important that money is
> for the survival of a product and you know no one is selling or buying PCAD
> these days. If I were to guess the ship already sunk with us on it and were
> to self absorbed to even realize it. I love my PCAD software but our
> management already forced PADS down our throats and we are are still choking
> on it. Unless PCAD shows its head very soon I'd have to say that the last
> maintenance dollars I send them was the worst money I ever spent.
> ------------------------------------
> ----excerpt of post from PCAD forum on 8/6/2002
> My understanding is that they wanted to get the Protel DXP thing out first,
> as work on it had started already, and that coding is being done on the next
> PCAD version. If we get half the features and fixes that are still open in
> our group bug and wish list databases, as well as the open polls, I'd be
> extremely happy. I know that we have quite a number of Altium people
> subscribed to this group, so one assumes that that they are very much aware
> of what we would like to see......
> 
> Heck, let them work out the bugs in the new autorouter with the Protel
> software, that's what I say, so we get something more mature out of the
> gate, if nothing else.
> ----------------------
> ----excerpt of post from PCAD forum on 8/6/2002
> We have NOT updated our maintainance this time because of many of the
> mentioned reasons. My fear is though, the dwindleing number of people
> with maintainance may sign the programs death warrant.
> This may not be completely accurate, but from what I understand,
> Protel is suppose continue to be the (forgive the name) "low end"
> program, and P-Cad is suppose to be the upper end with all of those
> add on programs they have been pushing so much. I have the feeling
> that with the service packs (instead of updates) that their plan is
> to get the main program to a good point where it isn't to buggy (lord
> know everytime they make changes they add more bugs) and add on
> additional programs to make it more marketable.
> 
> I'd be betting that the next thing that you will see is another
> Service Pack or a version with more bugs fixed, better integration
> with add on programs and a mildly fixed router program.
> 
> This time they can't say that our maintainance money went to
> improving the program, but in development of programs that some of
> may or may not need.
> 
> I want to make it very clear to them, if they try to integrate PCAD
> into protel, changing interface etc., I will take the ANOTHER
> software company up on their deal of a discount with a conversion
> program.
> ----------------------
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dennis Saputelli" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2002 4:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Altium - Have your cake and eat it too!
> 
> > well this sounds like a pitch for SP7 among other things
> >
> > while i would certainly be entirely in favor of that i am not going to
> > hold my breath
> >
> > to strike to the heart of the matter here is to consider whether Altium
> > will survive the DXP disaster at all
> >
> > they have put themselves in a trick bag
> >
> > if they are still around in a year they certainly won't be patching 99SE
> > or improving it at that time
> >
> > if they work on patching and improving 99SE now, they might undermine
> > and dissipate their efforts to get DXP in shape
> >
> > i don't see an easy out for either them or us, unless they have more
> > resources and integrity than appears to be the case
> >
> > in short, i fear that we are screwed
> >
> > i sincerely hope that i am proven wrong about all of my speculations
> > above
> >
> > Dennis Saputelli
> >
> > JaMi Smith wrote:
> > >


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