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eugene:

--- Quote from: Mechatrommer on August 19, 2022, 07:50:21 am ---they dont make it hard to get an illegal copy, consider yourself as their delegate to do later promotions, thats the most nobble thing to do imho.. :P

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There was a time, back in the days of MS-DOS, that I felt fully justified using pirated versions of Autocad (for example) for fully private use; no professional, money making activities. But I feel differently today. Now I realize that by using any software I am indirectly supporting the software, or at least the community that uses it. With that in mind, I choose to support FreeCAD and their community because they support me in return. Autodesk has no interest on supporting me, so I choose to not support them, even indirectly, if there are good options.

Having said that, I don't require software to be free. I am willing to pay a fair price for a perpetual license (no subscriptions please.) In that spirit, I do make monetary donations to both FreeCAD and KiCad.

Mechatrommer:

--- Quote from: eugene on August 19, 2022, 02:03:59 pm ---Autodesk has no interest on supporting me, so I choose to not support them, even indirectly, if there are good options.

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"Free World" is not fully supporting me as well imho.. ie complete documentation and complex/pro/de facto features. i have the complete inventor book printed out enough for me to go to a cave and learn inventor plugged out totally off grid from outside world if i want to. i havent found such concept in free tools, i either have to find online youtubes or links from official sites... if you want to stay in Free World community forever, then thats fine, you can be happy to work around whats available for you. but if you have an ambitious plan to start a company, i think having the pro tool skill set ready, is advantageous after you have your legit license in hand, rather than to start relearning a thick book and new notions while doing business. its like picking side to a big guy without having to support them directly in term of money.. i also can have access to SolidWork if i want to, but i'm not picking that side, esp even if i have a big company to choose a legit license from.. and i hate to click support mail button anyway and try to wait few hours for them to reply, regardless to either paid or non paid tools. i just want the tool to work, and pro tool usually just works, for small quirks, the fixes can be found in the net anyway similar to free tool. ymmv.

hpw:

--- Quote from: Mechatrommer on August 19, 2022, 05:03:06 pm ---
--- Quote from: eugene on August 19, 2022, 02:03:59 pm ---Autodesk has no interest on supporting me, so I choose to not support them, even indirectly, if there are good options.

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"Free World" is not fully supporting me as well imho.. ie complete documentation and complex/pro/de facto features. i have the complete inventor book printed out enough for me to go to a cave and learn inventor plugged out totally off grid from outside world if i want to. i havent found such concept in free tools, i either have to find online youtubes or links from official sites... if you want to stay in Free World community forever, then thats fine, you can be happy to work around whats available for you. but if you have an ambitious plan to start a company, i think having the pro tool skill set ready, is advantageous after you have your legit license in hand, rather than to start relearning a thick book and new notions while doing business. its like picking side to a big guy without having to support them directly in term of money.. i also can have access to SolidWork if i want to, but i'm not picking that side, esp even if i have a big company to choose a legit license from.. and i hate to click support mail button anyway and try to wait few hours for them to reply, regardless to either paid or non paid tools. i just want the tool to work, and pro tool usually just works, for small quirks, the fixes can be found in the net anyway similar to free tool. ymmv.

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Hmm, just a simple question, is FreeCAD able to delete, of your decomposition sdl lecroy front bezel, any curved objects??

Mechatrommer:
check reply #28 and earlier, there are lot of links to learn freecad, i just dont have the time.

pcmad:
design spark mechanical

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