Forced Updates in General Discussion Posted April 26, 2017 Dear JimW and Pat Stanford, Thank you again for your reactions and your patience with me. However your reactions make me feel the need to get back to this discussion one more time. Your solution for me is straight forward thinking: ‘if you don’t use VectorWorks on a professional basis, so it is not worth the investment, you better switch over to another CAD application.’ This is a solution that makes perfect sense to the mind. But it is a very unsatisfactory solution for the heart. Doesn’t your heart say something like: ‘VectorWorks is a fantastic CAD application. It is a very good tool for designers to make beautiful designs. The more people use VectorWorks the better for the designers, for Nemetschek and for the whole world?’ Now the Nemetschek marketing department has developed a policy that dries the breeding ground for VectorWorks users: students, amateurs, semi professional users. Why is it so hard to admit that this policy is stupid and unethical? This marketing and pricing policy is developed by people with blinders on. For professional VectorWorks users it may not be problem to update their software and pay for that. For all others the prices are much to high and the unethical side of it provokes a lot of anger. Let me try to make this clear by using an analogy. Imagine that a car crashes against a tree. Most people will judge instantly: ‘Stupid driver. Probably drove too fast or was not paying attention.’ But the driver says: ‘Brakes failed!’ Now most people may say: ‘Stupid excuse of stupid driver.’ Once they have judged people don’t like to change their opinion. Let’s say that technical research prove that the driver was right: the brakes really failed. Can we still blame the driver? People who really want to stick to their opinion will reason that it is the responsibility of the driver that his car in in perfect condition, although in their heart they probably already know that they are on a wrong line of thinking. But what if the driver has had his brakes repaired only a few months ago? Then it is reasonable to say that it is the fault of the garage. The garage in it’s turn will probably try to blame the manufacturer or the designer of the brakes. The deeper you look into what really happened, the more things or people you can blame. Maybe a stone hit a brake line. Can you blame the stone, that should not ave been on the road? Maybe you find that the tree should not have been there, so you can blame the planter of the tree or the builder of the road. There is a certain arbitrariness in who you want to designate as culprit. Everyone has a well developed defense mechanism that arranges the facts so that it looks like he himself is not to blame. The designer of the brakes will probably say that it is technically impossible to design brakes that never fail. The public will accept this statement until there comes a manufacturer with a car with really reliable brakes. Then the public will change it’s opinion instantly: ‘of course we don’t buy a car with brakes that can fail any moment. A cars like that is not safe.’ This is why it is the Nemetschek marketing and pricing policy that needs to change. A CAD application that forces users to buy updates does not feel safe and it does not feel right. Users want to be able to continue working with it, also when Apple changes it’s OS and also when you go through a period when you can’t or won’t invest in a CAD system. So thank you Pat Stanford for your suggestions for alternative CAD applications. I know all applications that you suggested and you forgot the one that seemed like the best alternative to me: Rhinoceros. These are the practical reasons why I decided a few months ago to invest $ 2.384,33 in VectorWorks, although it felt really unfair that I felt forced to pay for VectorWorks again: 1. I would like to read and edit the drawings that I made with VectorWorks and MiniCad in the past twenty years. 2. I am active in many different fields: houses and interiors, furniture, industrial design, mechanical products, yacht design, animations. VectorWorks covers most of these fields reasonably well and better than other CAD software that I know on the Mac platform. 3. I would have to invest weeks to learn to work with other CAD software on the level that I work with VectorWorks now. 4. With most other applications the results (renderings) would not be as good. And thank you JimW for your invitation to write down my demands for a VectorWorks Light application. VectorWorks itself is, like many other CAD systems, based on the outdated idea of the old drawing boards. If you have the chance to start from scratch, you have to reinvent design software, based on design thinking, computer screens, 3D printers and other CAM tools. I would really like to work on a project like that. If you are serious, you have to hire me. Free advice does not work.