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To renew or not to renew ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wildwood58, May 11, 2019.

  1. wildwood58

    wildwood58 Senior Member

    I have 1 year left on my maintenance, I’m finding myself not using Alibre as much as I was when I renewed 2 years ago. I’m also looking at the need to replace my 10year old (plus ) laptop. If I don’t renew next year will I still be able to use Alibre?
    I first bought Alibre in 2012 (went through the Geomagic years) and am really glad max and the old gang are back in charge. If I did let maintenance lapse would I be penalized to renew at a later date?
  2. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    If you have one year left I'd just wait until closer to then to worry. Your situation could change completely by then.
    You can use Alibre off maintenance. Though you loose technical support and updates. Last I saw there was a penalty to renew lapsed maintenance.
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  3. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    This. Wait til 2019 (or whatever it will be called) is release. It may be a decision maker.
  4. MarcusWolschon

    MarcusWolschon Senior Member

  5. NateLiqGrav

    NateLiqGrav Alibre Super User

    Exceptions are probably made by Alibre on a case-by-case basis. But 'exceptions aren't the rule'.
  6. mstevens

    mstevens Member

    My concerns about renewal are this. I purchased several years of renewal up front. I felt this would be investing in the company's future well being and I would save a little money too. Well then came along Geo and then I in essence got nothing for some of the years for which I had paid. I do not have any plans to renew, no more paying & praying; paying up front and praying you get something in return.

    As I believe Alibre is reading this. Should I want to upgrade in the future I will NEVER pay a 'lapsed maintenance fee'. All the companies with which I do business, that have this fee, eventually have a 'special' that allows you to get back on maintenance at a 'special' price and not have to pay the 'lapsed maintenance fee.' I will wait for one of those, should I decide to upgrade.

    I like Alibre but given that I spent money with them and got nothing for it, upsets me enough that I am unsure if I will ever give them any more of my money. For as little as I use CAD, there are alternatives, some of which I have purchased.

    Some of the problem lie in the issue of software companies trying to normalize their income. Part of that problem, IMHO, is that most charge too much for maintenance and subscription, if a company choses subscription. I think Adobe has it right ( just about); for $60/monthly you have the ENTIRE Adobe Suite, and you can start and stop your subscription on demand. And, if you are in .edu it is even cheaper. If I used their type of products I would pay them for life. But I only occasionally need them and I have an older version of Acrobat Pro that works just fine for day to day needs (Everyone creates some type of typed document daily).

    But take Altium, for example, they want a maintenance fee of $1800+ yearly, same with Solidworks, same with Cadence. and relatively speaking Alibre's maintenance is substantial compared to the full license cost. With most this include "support" calls; but guess what I, and probably many others, NEVER need support calls, so why should I have to pay for it? The last statement and question should give some insight as to how I believe maintenance costs can be lower.

    Hopefully this helps anyone that take the time to read it.

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