SpaceClaim LT

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. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    According to World CAD Access, the LT_ versions are missing some other things that will be significant to some, but not others:
    1. add-ons (so if the base package can’t do it, you’ll have to look elsewhere)
    2. support
    3. API (which goes with #1, and really limits what you can do with the program)

    It’s a good move, but those three items would rule it out for me (#1 and #3 do matter to me, not just a lack of support after paying $695/$895).

  • Anonymous

    According to World CAD Access, the LT_ versions are missing some other things that will be significant to some, but not others:1. add-ons (so if the base package can’t do it, you’ll have to look elsewhere)2. support3. API (which goes with #1, and really limits what you can do with the program)It’s a good move, but those three items would rule it out for me (#1 and #3 do matter to me, not just a lack of support after paying $695/$895).

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, it’s time to spend another day in Mike Payne’s office and to turn on API support in LT/LTX versions.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, it’s time to spend another day in Mike Payne’s office and to turn on API support in LT/LTX versions.

  • Anonymous

    Where do you get the “4 million non-CAD users” from?

  • Anonymous

    Where do you get the “4 million non-CAD users” from?