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Jul 08, 2008

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Chris Barron

Hi Ralph,

Glad you were able to join this afternoon's press conference. I did want to make a correction to what you have reported here.

In addition to the APIs you mentioned, Bentley will provide Autodesk with the Bentley DGN Toolkit-- something that has not been available previously.

With respect to the ODA, Bentley will continue to provide the documentation and technical support to the ODA for the libraries the ODA creates.

However, we are under no obligation, nor do we have any intention, to deliver the new Bentley DGN Toolkit to or through the ODA.

Best regards,

Chris Barron
VP Corporate Marketing
Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Tony Tanzillo

As I have previously noted, there is more to collusion than its simplest and most common manifestation (price fixing).

Over the past 15 years, the cost of 3D software technology has been on the decline as it continues its migration towards the mainstream, and becomes available to many.

Yet, the cost of the flagship products of both of these companies has remained relatively constant.

That in and of itself, suggests that the two of them are targeting lower-priced competitors, in an attempt to protect their high prices.

Shawn

I think Bentley is giving a lot, Ralph, not "nothing." How about a little credit where credit is due?

Rande Robinson

I'll believe it all when I actually see it in the various products. Most MicroStation users are still waiting for the for the benefits of the Bentley\ESRI "Marriage" of a few years ago.

Also it is funny that Bentley and Autodesk will share their file formats but were never very flexible about neutral formats like XML.

But in the long run if we can use .dgn and .dwg interchangeably then it is probably a good move for the average user. But I won't hold my breath.

John

Check out Keith Bentley's take on this:
http://communities.bentley.com/blogs/keith_bentleys_blog/archive/2008/07/31/the-bentley-autodesk-agreement-what-does-it-mean-for-bentley-users.aspx

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