I just downloaded and installed Project Cooper and I like the interface but I note in the EULA that the software will automatically deactivate itself in April 2010. Before I make a decision to train myself on the software, I'd like to know how long Project Cooper is going to be freely available, and if it's going to stop being freely available, about how much it's going to cost. I certainly don't object to paying for good software, but I'd like to know what kind of price to expect.
If I had to guess... somewhere between $50 and $200 since Autosketch comes
in at right around $250.
"seanmichaelragan" wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> Hi folks-
> I just downloaded and installed Project Cooper and I like the interface
> but I note in the EULA that the software will automatically deactivate
> itself in April 2010. Before I make a decision to train myself on the
> software, I'd like to know how long Project Cooper is going to be freely
> available, and if it's going to stop being freely available, about how
> much it's going to cost. I certainly don't object to paying for good
> software, but I'd like to know what kind of price to expect.
> Sean Michael Ragan
"yschober" wrote in message news:email@example.com...
> Hi Sean and Nick,
> The price hasn't been set yet so I can't give you a definitely answer, but
> I think Nick's guess seems about right. Sean, what would you be willing to
> pay for a product like Project Cooper?
Sorry for being so frank: Right now, as with the current version of cooper, I wouldn't use it not even if you'd pay ME to use it. High memory usage, just a few simple commands&few object libraries, no command line, no numerical coordinate input. You're slick interface won't sell out your software, what really matters it's whatever is "under the hood' so to speak. Make a decent piece of software and I'll buy it. P.S. I really can't quite understand what precisely kind of CAD software is prj. cooper, what type of engineers should use it: architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, bridge engineers or what? P.P.S. I showed cooper to my son (he's like 3rd grade in primary school), he liked it very much. After-all, maybe you'll have success selling it as educational software.
Nick is on target. Project Cooper is not intended for use by engineers, but rather intended for use by "non-CAD" types. These folks fall roughly into three camps right now:
1. We're hearing from lots of CAD managers that they have people in their organizations such as project managers, people in sales and marketings, etc. that have the need to create basic drawings that can be handed off to "the CAD guys."
2. We've also heard from a number of specialty contractors - landscape designers, interior designers, electricians, etc. Some of them have sent us examples of drawings that they have used to obtain permits or to explain their design to a client.
3. Lastly, we've heard from a number of DIY enthusiasts that are using Project Cooper for home improvement projects or their craft projects.
We're hoping that as more and more people start using Project Cooper we'll see some images refelcting this diversity of work posted in the Gallery.
Based on the intended usage I'd be putting it at the sub £50 mark, with concession & discounts for site licenses. It's going to get heavy competition from the freeware out there (sketchup for example) so needs to be considered affordable by your enthusiasts who are reluctant to spend money on something that's not going to generate revenue.
Plus, if it develops in the way I hope, it'll be an excellent springboard for Autocad (or LT) upgrading once a user has exhausted the capability of Project Cooper. Perhaps pitch it as a loss-leader to get folk 'through the door'?
Just my tuppence.
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