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Single-use license now requires maintenance

Single-use license now requires maintenance

Single-use license now requires maintenance

(OP)
As of v14 M030 patch, even single-use license holders will be required to be on active maintenance to receive any software updates.  In order to get maintenance, you will be forced to upgrade to a server license or node-locked license.  In other words, say goodbye to reasonably priced Mathcad software.

I don't use Mathcad often enough for home use to justify the expense of annual maintenance.  Does PTC really expect to make a lot of money by this change that they would risk ostracizing so many customers?

(If you can't tell, I'm on a bit of a rant lately due to some very poor customer service from PTC.)

--Scott
http://wertel.eng.pro

RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

They are bad.  I'm still running v13 because I've had such unplesant experiences with even numbered versions.  Every year I print all of my MathCad files to .pdf files so that if v13 ever stops working (or this computer dies and I can't transfer the license) then I can find an alternative product (like the new Mathmatica maybe) and type in the worksheets I need from the .pdf.  First I'll look for a converter, but that is unlikely.

Mathsoft wasn't great, but PTC is beyond awful.  Their CAD mindset where everyone should be running from a server is just not a good fit with too many MathCad users.

David

RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

Well, they're not the only ones, since Google Chrome is supposed to be the foundation of a distributed mainframe concept, where the user has basically only a web access box, and the applications and computing are done through the Google processing facility.

M12 was, without any doubt, the worst version of Mathcad ever produced.  But, I think the even number bit is pretty recent.  M6 and M8 seemed to be OK, AFAIK.

M020 was the last free software update that PTC put out.

TTFN

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RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

I had problems with the version before v11 (2001 maybe?) as well as v12.  That is why I never went to v14.  Somewhere in the forums it was explained that MathCad was really on a 2 year development cycle and the people that paid for the even numbered versions were actually getting a Beta version.  I don't know if that is true or not, but I sure had a lot of grief from those two versions.

David

RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

Historically, software takes close to a decade to be properly wrung out.  M12 was a complete rewrite of almost everything in the program, starting with the file format, and going on through the way it handles units, etc.  It did go through a beta phase, but I will concede that many fixes didn't get implemented; I'd call it a Gamma release...

I suspect that there pressures to push the release to show  PTC that revenue generation was sufficient for them to pull the trigger on the purchase.
 

TTFN

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RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

(OP)
FYI: Mathematica home use is $295.  I also like it because Wolfram supplies a free viewer.  If your license ever expires, you can still view your datasheets, and you can email them to your colleagues, too.

I have yet to see the difference between the home use license and the commercial license, other than the $3000 price tag for the commercial.

--Scott
http://wertel.eng.pro

RE: Single-use license now requires maintenance

I used Mathmatica in Grad School and it was sound, but not pretty.  When MathCad came out it was mostly sound and very pretty so I jumped.  I saw a demo of the new Mathmatica and it is pretty now--I hope it is still reliable.

Oh well, maybe PTC will either pull their head out or find a buyer for this sideline product of theirs that has to be a pain in their butt (since the Solidworks paradigm that they're trying to shove down our throats isn't working out well for them or the MathCad users).

David

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