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Contact with Altium about a light/hobbyist version

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IanJ:
Hi all,

I fired off an email to Altium to ask about a version on a par with Eagle PCB's pricing/restrictions etc. After bouncing around the globe a bit here's their reply:-


--- Quote ---Hi Ian
My Name is Lesley and I would be your Altium contact here in the UK, we are Altium’s largest reseller.
I do understand your point of view and while I appreciate your approval of the Altium Designer software, in my 11 years of issuing these licences, Altium has never considered a light/hobbiest version for release.  However, we are very supportive of the educational community and Premier EDA Solutions are very active in our support in the UK.
Altium does have an annual licence available complete with a Subscription and this would be £2995 but obviously at the end of the year this would terminate.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance and if you send me your complete details I can set up a record for you.
--- End quote ---

Ian.

HLA-27b:
In other words


--- Quote ---Please use the back door on your way out. I do not want the rich clients to see you.
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harnon:
I love the line - "we support the educational market in the uk with a package costing £3000 a year"...

Bwahahahaha. On my current student budget it would take me 6 years to save up for a one year license!   ???

armandas:

--- Quote from: harnon on January 31, 2012, 07:21:16 pm ---I love the line - "we support the educational market in the uk with a package costing £3000 a year"...

Bwahahahaha. On my current student budget it would take me 6 years to save up for a one year license!   ???

--- End quote ---

Last time I checked, Altium cost £95/year for students. The real "issue" here is that there is no affordable option to those not in higher education.

harnon:

--- Quote from: armandas on January 31, 2012, 08:29:55 pm ---
--- Quote from: harnon on January 31, 2012, 07:21:16 pm ---I love the line - "we support the educational market in the uk with a package costing £3000 a year"...

Bwahahahaha. On my current student budget it would take me 6 years to save up for a one year license!   ???

--- End quote ---

Last time I checked, Altium cost £95/year for students. The real "issue" here is that there is no affordable option to those not in higher education.

--- End quote ---

Ah fair enough... I guess the email just made me think the two statements were linked :D  Even so, its instructive to type Altium Designer 10 into google and see what it auto-suggests... one of the top results starts with CR and ends with ACK.

Some other big software/CAD companies that you "may have heard of" (Autodesk, Dassault Systems and Microsoft to name three) now offer free versions of a lot their software to students.  In the past most students just found a pirated copy so I'm grateful to be able to do it legally!

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