Look Who’s Bending – Part 3

In a conversation with Brian Gillespie of McNeel regarding issues related to plug-ins for older versions of Rhinoceros, he pointed me to this page. Although McNeel stopped distributing Rhino 2.0 on 31-Dec-2002, Scott tells me that there are many people using Rhino 2.0 in active development.

One statement on the above mentioned page caught my attention.

“There is no need to upgrade to 3.0 immediately. Rhino 2.0 users are welcome to continue using 2.0 as long as they like.”

I wonder how many software vendors are ready to make this kind of a statement, me including. I could learn a few things from McNeel. McNeel is truly a user friendly company and I hope they stay that way.

  • ralphg

    Forced upgrades are a sign of desparation to make more revenue.

    Companies that force upgrades forget that life is not about grabbing as much money as they can.

    Life is about making the world a better place — whether your world is your family, the nearby community, or the entire globe.

    With his relaxed attitude, Bob McNeel shows that he understands this.

  • ralphg

    Forced upgrades are a sign of desparation to make more revenue.Companies that force upgrades forget that life is not about grabbing as much money as they can.Life is about making the world a better place — whether your world is your family, the nearby community, or the entire globe.With his relaxed attitude, Bob McNeel shows that he understands this.

  • Ray

    I definitely agree with Ralph…Just think if Autodesk cut down the number of releases to 1 every 2 years…And released SP’s throughout those 2 years…Their cost would increase, however, their software would be more stable…AutoCAD is already 5 grand per seat…If they went to 1 every 2 years, they would no doubt raise the cost of each seat…Would anyone pay 8 grand for an AutoCAD seat or would they go for IronCAD or one of the cheaper alternatives??? Just seeing how Autodesk works makes be believe that they would increase the price…

    While I believe that it is outrageous to pay 5 grand a seat, I think that it is cheaper on us for them to release every year, rather than every other…

  • Ray

    I definitely agree with Ralph…Just think if Autodesk cut down the number of releases to 1 every 2 years…And released SP’s throughout those 2 years…Their cost would increase, however, their software would be more stable…AutoCAD is already 5 grand per seat…If they went to 1 every 2 years, they would no doubt raise the cost of each seat…Would anyone pay 8 grand for an AutoCAD seat or would they go for IronCAD or one of the cheaper alternatives??? Just seeing how Autodesk works makes be believe that they would increase the price…While I believe that it is outrageous to pay 5 grand a seat, I think that it is cheaper on us for them to release every year, rather than every other…