At 12:51 PM 10/17/2002, Fred A Rupinski wrote:
"If you are using an older operating system such as Windows NT, 98 or 95, and have been unable to trial Protel DXP, Altium has made the transition easy with the 'Protel 99 SE to Protel DXP Migration Pack'. You can start designing today with Protel's powerful design technology and upgrade your platform when it suits you. For full details visit: http://www.protel.com/dxpmigration.html.";
Interesting. I think it's a mistake. Essentially, this "migration pack" is nothing other than P99SE with a coupon for DXP, to be used when the user chooses. It is really the same as buying DXP and asking for and getting 99SE "free," which I understand has been policy for those who request it. What they have now done is to tell buyers that they can have their DXP software later rather than now, no extra charge....

Instead, Altium should offer 99SE for $1500 to $2000 less than DXP, and then charge that amount for the upgrade. Perhaps make it $2000 less and provide a coupon guaranteeing DXP upgrade for not more than $1995 (the current upgrade price). Perhaps 99SE could remain an entry product, though $5995 is still high to be considered "entry." How about $3995 with modified upgrade rights (i.e, such a license would need to pay $3995 to upgrade to DXP instead of the $1995 otherwise charged to 99SE license holders)?

$7995 is definitely steep, not in terms of value, but in terms of affordability for small engineering startups, but they are the seeds of tomorrows success.... 99SE would be adequate for most of these companies.


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