News Alert – 75% Discount On Shark FX

Reader Gabhan Gibson notified me of a hefty 75% discount being offered on Shark FX by Punch! Software.

Shark FX is priced at $1795. But you can now get it for as low as $445 if you happen to have a license of the following products:

  • Punch Software’s:
    • Punch Shark v5
    • Punch Shark LT v5
    • Punch Shark FX v5
    • ViaCAD 2D v6
    • ViaCAD PRO v6
    • ViaCAD 2D/3D v6 & v7
    • Concepts Unlimited
    • Concepts 3D
  • Alibre — Alibre Design
  • Ashlar-Vellum — Velium, Graphite, Cobalt, Xenon, Argon
  • Autodesk — QuickCAD, AutoSketch, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Mechanical, Inventor Suite
  • Bentley — MicroStation
  • BricSys — BricsCAD
  • CADopia — various IntelliCAD
  • Chief Architect — Chief Architect Corel — CorelDRAW, Corel DESIGNER
  • Dassault Systems – CATIA, SolidWorks
  • Google — Google SketchUp Pro
  • Graphisoft — ArchiCAD
  • IMSI – TurobCAD Pro, TurboCAD Pro Platinum, TurboCAD Deluxe, TurboCAD Designer, TurboCAD MAC, DesignCAD, DesignCAD 3D MAX, DoubleCAD XT, DoubleCAD XT Pro
  • Integraph — SmartSketch
  • IronCAD — IronCAD
  • Kubotek — KEYCREATOR
  • Microsoft — Visio
  • Nemetschek/GraphiSoft — VectorWorks, VectorWorks Architect, VectorWorks Landmark, VectorWorks Spotlight, AllPlan
  • progeSOFT — progeCAD
  • Robert McNeel Associates — Rhinoceros
  • Siemens — SolidEdge
  • Sigma Design — Arris CAD, Arris Architectural Studio
  • SmartCAM – SmartCAM
  • SoftSource — Virtual Drafter
  • Solution Technologies – MicroScribe
  • SpaceClaim – SpaceClaim Engineer, SpaceClaim Style
  • VC Corp — VX Corp
  • ZwCAD Software — ZWCAD

They seem to have left out NX. But that’s OK because I don’t think many would upgrade from NX to Shark FX. 😉

The funny thing is DoubleCAD XT is in the list as well, a product that is free. So I guess this means anyone can download and install a copy of DoubleCAD XT and “upgrade” to Shark FX for $445.

One of the reasons these “upgrade” offers amuse me is because I get to see exactly how well the marketing people know the CAD software market. You get a good sense of that just by seeing the way they mention companies and their products. For example:

  1. The names of Ashlar-Velum’s products are Graphite, Cobalt, Xenon and Argon. There is nothing called “Velium”.
  2. CADopia — various IntelliCAD” inplies that CADopia is the name of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium. Ironically, CADopia has been kicked out of the ITC.
  3. CADKEY Corp is dead.
  4. I don’t think something called “Chief Architect Corel” even exists.