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Really....Charging $995.00 to view PDM files.

Question asked by Christopher Swallows on Oct 8, 2012
Latest reply on Oct 14, 2015 by Deepak Gupta

I can't believe they want to charge that much to have a non-CAD user view files stored on the PDM server.  I can't speak for everyone, but doesn't most people use PDM these days either Workgroup of EPDM anyway?  Having this as a free download is almost pointless if you have to upgrade it to use the PDM functions. 

 

So after giving up on that I thought well...maybe uploading files to a  web based collaboration tool for CAD files is the way to go.  I've used Autodesk products heavily in the past year and a half and they have a program called 360.  If gives you 3gb of free storage and then 25gb included if you have a subscription.  I thought SW would have something similar to it. Come to find out to my knowledge they have a program called n!Fuze that (guess what charges) $80.00ish a month per user to use it.  So I've came to the conclusion that SW is lagging in collaboration tools.  Or at least as a courtesy offering with their suites.

 

It's a shame I can go get a Dropbox account with 2gb and not have to spend a dime for it.  Too bad my ITS blocks it on our company network.  Which leads me to my next question.  Any good collaboration sites that offer a little free storage or reasonable monthly price to upload models that is specifically catered more in PLM CAD files?

 

And no, I'm not that cheap.  Things like this doesn't come of my pockets.  It has to be purchased through a corporate level and takes a lot of time and effort to justify purchasing things past the amount it cost just for SW.  Obvisuouly nobody wants to pay out their personal pockets for it either.

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