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Offline JamesH-AltiumOfficial

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Re: Circuit Studio Dead? (again!)
« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2020, 12:45:38 am »
But how do you do that?
I looked the other day and couldn't figure out how to "reorder" maintenance from within the software. I could order a new license though.
Hi H.O. Please send me a PM with your email address if you'd like me to help you with this.
On the Licensing screen, the system will sometimes offer the "Renew" option adjacent to your license. However this will only be available if the system has enough information about your account and there are no ambiguities.
In your case, since you're not seeing this option, I will contact Element14 to ask them to help you to get your order processed.

Best regards,
James Harriman
Alitum
 
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Offline negativ3

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Re: Circuit Studio Dead? (again!)
« Reply #51 on: October 11, 2020, 03:26:29 am »
To me, it's bizarre they don't just utilise the Altium Designer core and cripple certain aspects depending on the level purchased and whether subs are ongoing.
It seems the likes of Solidworks integration may be a focus for non-core Altium resources and as a user of Solidworks, I don't "need" PCB integration but I do appreciate the ability to cross-pollenate modelling.

The cost of CS was/is attractive but the lack of updates and UI/feature refinement is not at a level expected for such an offering. Free maybe but then look at the life cycle of a kicad release. I may be comparing crayons with technical pens tho.
 

Offline EEVblog

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Re: Circuit Studio Dead? (again!)
« Reply #52 on: October 11, 2020, 11:39:23 am »
To me, it's bizarre they don't just utilise the Altium Designer core and cripple certain aspects depending on the level purchased and whether subs are ongoing.

This may still stem  from the old "turning the world of electronics design upside down" marketing campaign (and even before that) when they bet the company that FPGA was the future, and they actually made the PCB tool optional extra  :palm:
They knew that people just wanted the basic PCB tool and didn't want the FPGA, modular design or programming stuff , but because they had sold the investors on this vision (and believed in it) they couldn't go with a "buy just what you need licensing model" because then that would could expose the FPGA/modular design dream as something nobody wanted, as sales for those modules would be near zero. So they had to stick to the "all you can eat" pricing model to force uses to pay for the whole thing to get basic PCB functionality.

https://web.archive.org/web/20090311063044/http://fpgajournal.com/articles_2007/20070619_altium.htm

Now that all that hoopla is long gone, it might still be relevant, because if you have to pay for various extra tools, then you quickly find out where your bread and butter income comes from. That's useful, but sometimes you are better off not knowing when it comes to a company growth perspective. e.g. if you find out 90%+ of your customers only need a basic $2000 core tool, then it might be hard to sell all the money spent on developing new bells and whistles to the investors.
It's a tough call, but I don't blame them for sticking with the "all you can eat" pricing model.
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Offline negativ3

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Re: Circuit Studio Dead? (again!)
« Reply #53 on: October 11, 2020, 05:15:02 pm »
To me, it's bizarre they don't just utilise the Altium Designer core and cripple certain aspects depending on the level purchased and whether subs are ongoing.

It's a tough call, but I don't blame them for sticking with the "all you can eat" pricing model.

It is understandable given most corps are bean counter driven, and if Circuitmaker Pro is a "slice" of Designer, that would even make transferring knowledge between program use even more intuitive.
 


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