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Time to pay the piper, every year.

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Time to pay the piper, every year.

I don't know how many are aware of this, so I'm posting some important information.

 

Starting January 1st next year (2018) PTC will make it's products available by subscription only.

https://www.ptc.com/en/news/2017/ptc-accelerates-subscription-business-model

Basically, legal ransomware. If you don't keep paying them, you will be denied access to your own IP.

 

My understanding is that this new scheme will apply to all PTC products, other than one obscure product, so that includes Mathcad. I believe that existing perpetual licenses will continue to be perpetual (hard to see how it could be anything else, since that's how they were sold), but going foward you will either have to pay every year, or lose access to your own work.

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@ccattaneo wrote:

You who are American citizens could organize a collective action against PTC; I am Italian ... I just have to suffer

 


One could argue that Prime is a crime against humanity, and could be tried in the international courts.  Smiley Frustrated

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Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

No comments on this?

 

Is that because everyone already knew this, or because nobody cares?

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.


@RichardJ wrote:

No comments on this?

 

Is that because everyone already knew this, or because nobody cares?


Maybe because everybody is shocked, helpless and can't believe.

 

I was not aware of that plans.

Our license runs until end of 2018 and we decided quite long ago that Prime would be a dead end and that we will have to change our tools.

When I now read your post I am glad we did.

 

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

It certainly is a show stopper for me. I lost any real hope in Prime being a usable solution some time ago, but I kept hanging on anyway. This is the final nail in the coffin. Why would I pay a subscription for a product with glaring deficiencies, and a glacial development speed?

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

I'm afraid it's because I don't care.

I've sort of been sitting along the sideline and see PTC ruin every part of Mathcad.

First by dumping support for Mathcad 11, making it impossible to (re-)activate Mathcad 11 on new machines.

Then by their extremely slow development (may one even call it that?) of Prime.

Now by migrating to a new forum and throwing away a good many features that we're well used in the previous forum (Jive was good enough, and I could live with the Date's being off. I still have good feelings with the Akiva forum.).

I hope I can keep my Mathcad 11 running for quite a long time.

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

PTC should not scare away its own customers.


We as a customer can also act differently and are not totally dependent on PTC-Life goes on, even without PTC.

 

In case of need, we will choose another product - a pity then the money invested in PTC products, but so is the reality.

 

The market is fiercely competitive and those who do not satisfy their customers will eventually disappear from the market.

 

If PTC goes so far, exactly that will happen.

The Management of PTC would do well to take note of this but i don't belive that really.

Volker

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

I have more or less the same feelings as Luc. It is a real pity to see how a beautiful products is stripped down over time.

Werner, just out of curiosity but what software will be your future choice?

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

I should add that I have no idea how this will affect access to Mathcad 15. Access to mathcad 15 is necessary to convert old files to Prime (when that's even possible). I would guess that going forward when the Prime license that enables Prime and Mathcad 15 expires after 1 year, Mathcad 15 will be as dead as Prime. So the license we have now may be the last worthwhile one we will ever get Smiley Sad

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.

Everyone is shocked and stoned too.

Re: Time to pay the piper, every year.


@VladimirN. wrote:

Everyone is shocked and stoned too.


Do you mean "stunned"? Smiley LOL