VX Innovator Lite for $95

Today I received an email from VX with the subject “Innovator Series – 3D Design, 2D Drafting, data translation – $95”. The body of the email looked something like this.

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Further down the email the prices of VX Innovator (not Lite), VX Innovator Pro and VX Innovator NC were listed as $499, $999 and $1499 respectively. Out of curiosity I clicked the “Claim your Promo Code” at the bottom of the email and was taken to a page on the VX store that looked like this.

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I was quite surprised to find that VX Innovator Lite was priced at $495. I went ahead and started the ordering process. I could not find any number that looked like $95. There was something about downloading a trial in order to get a promo code. So I decided to do that. That added an item called “VX Innovator Lite (30 Day Trial) priced at $0. I decided to play along and went ahead and placed my order. $0 costs nothing right?

Sure enough I received an email from VX containing my order information, a link to download the software and a promo code. I went back to the VX store and used the code. The code gave me a $400 discount and the priced dropped to from $495 to $95.

I must say, this has got to be one of the most convoluted ways of offering a discount. Anyways, it looks like VX had done an Alibre. This is getting pretty interesting.

Update

Jarrod Schmidt, Product Marketing Manager of VX, just let me know that the VX store has been updated to make things less confusing.

  • Tony

    Well, Alibre's much better at getting the word out.

    VX has been having frequent sales; I doubt you'll see a permanent drop.

    On the product side, my impression is VX is more capable than Alibre, but the cheaper versions (Innovator, Innovator Light) have artificial limitations that Alibre Design Standard doesn't have (e.g. IIRC Innovator Light is limited to 10 parts per assembly, Innovator is IIRC 50-60 parts per assembly). Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to play with MCAD recently, so I don't claim to be very knowledgeable about either one.

  • daveault

    Tony is sure right about getting the word out. VX is a better 3D modeler than Alibre and is much better at healing imported geometry. VX wins hands down against Alibre at the $95.00 price tag. The only real big problem with higher levels of VX vs Alibre is that if you do MCAD Alibre has a much better sheet metal ability over VX who basically have crude sheet metal capabilities just to say they have it. I believe VX version 15 will also have direct modeling capabilities in it but exactly what is a closely guarded secret.