Posted by Jacques Pochoy on September 25, 1999 at 02:04:59:
In Reply to: Re: Market Share posted by Kevin Matthews on September 24, 1999 at 23:17:46:
Mmmmm.....How true ! But there is another "popularizing" fact: students ! Some software people just "let go" free older versions or very good demo/light versions or still, allow older "hacked" versions to circulate. Students usually use them just because they can have them, not because they are proper for their skills, then, as Kevin says, they get "on the path", and usually stay in the "mental family" of that product.
MiniCad goes free por any school (full license), that's heavy marketing, on the other hand there are very few "Hacked" PowerCadd, because it's well written, and Eng.Soft, doesn't really have an educational program, and i's not anything near "free".
In fact I just love those guys of Eng.soft, but it's hard to be on the confidential side "always" ! When you speak with an architect, he just think it's an "exotic -one time soft", just becaus he hasn't read an add about it. And usually, they dont rely on the viual draft on screen or on paper, because we all know that we can achieve that with almost anything..( One of my friends, long ago, did send a building permit done on a Mac 128 with Mac Paint...and it worked!)
But Ken, if you believe that PwCadd is an Illustrator with nice Hot tools, just wait a few months (can't say more)...