I just read a press release on REI's site (http://www.reiworld.com/News/PressReleases/PR-011603.asp)which claims they are now working with Tekla (the makers of a steel detailing product called Xsteel) to create a building product called Xengineer. I have seen the modeling portion of Xengineer which is the same as Xsteel and is very powerful. With REI's market and product leadership as well as Xsteel's dominance in the detailing side, does this mean the end for the other smaller players out there or time for them to partner up and consolidate? A colleague of mine in Atlanta has seen a preview of this product and it's capabilities and says its pretty good. 3D modeling, analysis, design, drafting, BOM, etc. Any opinions? I like the fact that there is more products working together. Makes my like more easier.
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