In my earlier article (“SpaceClaim Finally Gets It“) I said, “I believe it will not be long before they come up with a cheaper stripped down version.”
Later, in another article (“SpaceClaim Changing Direction – Finally“) I said, “If [SpaceClaim’s CEO] Mike Payne allowed me to use his office for a day …[snip]…I would have Development come up with a stripped down version of the software and have Marketing sell it to the 4 million non-CAD users at under $1000.”
SpaceClaim has decided to do exactly that. They are now offering SpaceClaim LT at $695 for a perpetual license. They are also offering SpaceClaim LTX for $895. From what I understand these stripped down versions differ from the full blown versions mainly in their ability to import and export file formats. SpaceClaim LT enables you to import STEP, IGES, DXF and DWG file formats and export DXF, DWG, XAML, STL, VRML, BMP, JPG and PNG file formats. Additionally, SpaceClaim LTX allows you to export to STEP and IGES. Tommorow’s press release should explain more.
Things like this make me wonder whether I should ditch programming and get into consultancy. I may get rich faster that way. 🙂