> > Well ... 32-bit software is 65536 times as good as 16-bit software isn't
> > it?  Altium should be charging you $131 Million to upgrade.
>
> 32-bit software can also contain 65536 times as many bugs, right?  ;-)
>
> Oh, boy, I can hardly wait for the 64-bit software coming soon!  By your
> standard, to upgrade from 32-bit will cost $8.6E+12.  Yeah, 8.6 trillion
> dollars.  By my standard, it will have 4 billion times as many bugs.  We
> could both be right on this one!  ;-)

What about the speed?  How about the system Ram & CPU requirements?

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Brian Guralnick
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bagotronix Tech Support" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Advanced Schematic on Win2k?


>
> This could be a magnificent opportunity for another tech stock swindle,
er,
> I mean, rally!  Just start a consortium of EDA resellers, and go public
> while claiming the projected market value of EDA is expected to grow to
8.6
> trillion dollars by 2005 (which is the expected date of widespread
> availability of 64-bit hardware, software, and OS).  All you need is for
one
> customer to upgrade, and the market projection will have been accurate!
You
> can't lose!  ;-)
>
> Seriously, though, I have said before that software pricing has become
> ridiculous over the past decade.  Software price trends have been going
the
> wrong way.  Hardware keeps getting faster, smaller, and cheaper.
Software,
> on the other hand, gets slower, larger, and more expensive.  Witness the
> prices of Protel, Microsoft products, Adobe products, etc.  I think a lot
of
> the reasons for this are non-technical, but rather organizational.  For
> example, when Protel set out to write the 32-bit Protel suite, they didn't
> just start from scratch.  They re-used existing code from the 16-bit
> release.  As any sane developer would.  But some greedo in marketing
decided
> that since it has twice as many "bits", they could charge twice as much
for
> it.  After all, why not?  The user base doesn't know any better, right?
> Riiight...
>
> My evaluation of Protel 99SE's value?  Let me put it this way.  If I was
> forced to use v2.8 (16-bit), I could still do everything I need to do with
> SCH and PCB design.  Do I want to use v2.8?  No, I'd rather use 99SE.
Why?
> Integration works better between SCH and PCB, and the Design Explorer is
> pretty handy (although still not perfect).  Do I think it was worth the
> upgrade price?  Yes and no.  Yes, I liked the changes and the few added
> capabilities.  No, I thought the upgrade price was too much.  So why did I
> upgrade?  Because I hadn't upgraded since I bought v2.8, and I didn't want
> to get too far behind the curve.  Do I think 99SE is perfect?  No.  They
> should have kept the "Swap pins" feature from v2.8.  In fact, I still keep
> v2.8 loaded on an old Win95 Pentium 200 in case I have a design that needs
> to be optimized by manual pin swapping.  Will I upgrade to DXP?  Not
anytime
> soon.  Why not?  Lack of need, and resistance to the high upgrade pricing.
> Will I ever upgrade again?  Probably, if improvements keep coming, and the
> price doesn't keep rising, and no Linux-based EDA suites with similar
> capabilities emerge.
>
> Note to the license Nazis: that v2.8 license is on a PC that is on the
same
> desk as my PC with the 99SE license, therefore it is impossible for both
> versions to be in use by more than one person simultaneously.  Especially
> since both PC share one monitor, keyboard, and mouse through a KVM switch.
> So there!
>
> Best regards,
> Ivan Baggett
> Bagotronix Inc.
> website:  www.bagotronix.com
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ian Wilson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Advanced Schematic on Win2k?
>
>
>
>



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