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Puleese, Earl, don't give the software vendors the impression that they can
charge whatever they want just because THEY feel their software installs and
runs itself. There will be an investment of time when you are installing ANY
software, OS or employee. IMO, the packages that are most reliable and most
intuitive will reap the benefits of user upgrades and customer loyalty.

I don't do many analyses where I need a frame program anymore, but I
downloaded and installed it anyway. Heretofore, I had been running STAAD3. I
opened one of the example problems and, at first blush, it DOES seem more
intuitive than STAAD (which I think is a pretty good program sans tech
support) and I plan on getting into the details on the next frame I do.

The point I would like to make is that, especially with this *free* offer,
the program looks like it is worth investigating.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ecengrs(--nospam--at) [mailto:Ecengrs(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, October 09, 1998 10:33 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE:COMP:Freeware?

Stan Caldwell wrote:

<<Dear Busy Earl:
<< So, are you saying that shrink-wrapped (commercial) software installs
<< faster, runs faster, or what?  If a 4 MB download is a waste of your
<< time, perhaps you need a faster connection.  Also, you can always
<< practice mult-tasking and do something productive while files are
<< downloading.  Even Bill Clinton apparently practices multi-tasking!
<< Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
<< Puzzled in Dallas

Not at all.

My point is that ANY software package carries a price in terms of learning
time, usage time, trying to get support time, etc. IF you place any value on
your time. This time can be many hours, so when considering the "cost" of a
software package, the purchase price really isn't that important, the much
more important price is productivity lost or gained.

Earl Conroy

P.S. I hope all my competitors get that free AVWin program ;-)