With the number of free users, what does Trimble hope to
gain by buying a product that zillions of folks already
have for free ?
I have seen this sort of thing before and it never seems
to make any sense.ex: IBM bought Lotus for $$$$$(billion ?)
and that has been a dead money loser.
An MBA probably told them they could make it in "support" fees.
The SketchUp crowd might see something similar.
There past few years has seen a large increase of the installed base of
SketchUP Pro users who could arguably benefit greatly from this
acquisition, and since Trimble is right in the middle of supply the area
of benefit, this is indeed a very likely scenario ... at what cost that,
is the major question.
As far as the free version, if SketchUp never develops past its current
capability, users of the free version are still in a win/win situation.
I doubt that the free version will never benefit/be totally excluded
from any future features of the Pro version.
As a Pro user (because I need the presentation ability of that version
in a major way), I am indeed a bit concerned about a future price
increase, but I suppose as long as it is cost effective with regard to a
parallel increase in features, that it will a viable business investment
in software in any event.
I saw a review of Win 8. It made the remark that there were some features
that would help business, but they did not know what they were. All this
effort to make it look like a iphone, nobody seemed to care if any real work
I think there should be two versions. One should be a work version for
people who do real work. And a gamers version for those folks who use their
computer to play games and look at movies..
From what I understand you can choose for Win 8 to look and operate
like Win 7 if the new look does not suite you.
So I guess basically when Win 8 comes out and all new computers come
with it you can still choose to not have that strange format.
Yeah I can't complain, I went from 98se to XP to 7. IMHO XP was the
first Windows program that worked reasonably well. Although 3.1 was not
If nothing else boot ans shut down with 7 is extremely fast for me, by
comparison. Although my primary boot drivce is solid state.
Boot up is about 15~20 seconds including the 15 plus "MY" programs that
load at start up. I use Quicken and password protect it, As soon as I
let go of the left click button on "OK" the register is there.
With than I mind I am also running at 3.3 Gightz Have 8 Gig DDR3 RAM
and 1 Gig video and a 1 Tb HD for a majority of my data which is about
IMHO the biggest draw back to a solid stated drive is its size, mine is
128 Gb and plenty big but if it were 500 Gig I could store all of my
data on there with room to spare. I absolutely would not consider a
smaller solid stated drive.
Add another "1" to that and I'll agree with you. Win3.11, "Windows for
Workgroups", was when I finally switched from DOS to Windows ... but it
took me until Win95 to stop using CLI, and then I still dropped out for
admin and network stuff.
The most solid Window OS I ever ran were WinNT, 4 and up; and, strangely
enough, Vista. I never had the problems with Vista that all the unwashed
masses, fanbois and commentards did, and still have two laptops running
it here at the house with far, far fewer problems than Win7 ... which
still couldn't even make the change to DST without a three day hassle.
MSFT, under the dickhead Ballmer, sucks and has lost whatever innovation
it had ...
When I bought my CNC, I needed to take a PC based laptop to attend a
couple of seminars and to take official possession of the associated
software. The one I bought came with Vista. The CNC itself runs on XP
Pro and the PC based workstation, all tricked out with dual monitors
and screaming video card, runs on Win7. I see no reason to change any
of it. XP is hard core as it is stripped of everything, never goes
online (It couldn't anymore). The Vista laptop does go on-line and I
have never had a crash, bug or any problem for 3 years. I quite like
The WIN7 on my workstation does things well enough to say that there
are no 'real' reasons to chose a mac over that. The only reason I
still have macs (6 in all) is that I have a shitload of software tied
up which won't run on a PC. Adobe did make me a deal on CS5 for the PC
that I now have licenses for both.
Win7 has been absolutely flawless, although that box eats power
supplies like it's candy....which reminds me that I never replaced a
single hardware part in a 28 year history with macs and there have
been a lot of different macs come through here. I still have my 128K
mac from 1984. Still boots and then sits there in its wonderful
uselessness saying 'hello'.
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