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May 24, 2006


Jon Banquer

Alibre (free and not free) still doesn't make use of many of the tools Alibre gets with the ACIS kernel. This despite a promise made to me several years ago by Albire’s CEO that remains unfulfilled. What good is free (of not free) when most users need a well rounded product?

Instead of the massive amount of time discussing less then stellar products because they are free perhaps time could better to spent on discussing real breakthroughs. In my opinion one real breakthrough is in software training for high-end surfacing at an affordable price.

While it’s not the upFronteZine beloved free, less than $100 is a huge bargain for this piece of work done by James Carruthers.


Jon Banquer
Phoenix, Arizona

Scott Hucke

If I am correct, progeSOFT was the first to start this "Free Software" phase with their progeCAD LT Software.

Not exactly "Free" (at least for those with a sense of civic duty), progeCAD asks that you donate to a charity of their choice, easily located on their website, www.progeCAD.com.

This software is for non commercial use, and is somewhat limited from their progeCAD 2006 Professional product, which includes AutoLISP, C++ Programming (SDS), VBA programming, 3D ACIS Solid Modeling, Advanced Rendering with materials, etc.

A stunt worthly of mention!

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