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- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
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- From: Dave Handy <dhandy(--nospam--at)trg.ca>
- Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:55:06 -0500
Definitely!!! I bought the original program off of Winsoft (an Ottawa, Ontario company) before it was sold to PCA. It was called Finesse and had a graphical program with it called Fincad. It had numerous bugs, many of which were corrected when it became PCAFrame. I have version 1.1 and caught the errors you noted about five years ago (a guess... but it was a long long time ago). I informed them of this and they said thanks. That was about the limit of the response. Disappointing is an understatement. I had problems with the concentrated moment loads as well as the graphical output of a point load on a sloped member. These things are obvious errors when input with a very simple structure. When embedded in a larger structure they are not always the easiest things to find. It is a bit foggy now as to the exact problems. I don't use it too often, but I have always maintained that as a consumer of these products we should be sent an updated software package at no cost to us when there are serious errors such as those noted above. After all the software is not performing as originally intended! We all know that software outputs have to be reviewed thoroughly however, it should be possible to obtain the correct answers with correct input. I am looking forward to the updated and corrected program being made available at no cost to licensed owners. Keep dreaming Dave Handy, P.Eng. At 12:18 AM 3/19/99 -0300, you wrote: > Moreover, internal and external forces and moments are 0 >(reactions are 0!) As a consequence of this we demanded PCA a fix for >the bug and a warning to all registered users, but we got nothing else >than an apology letter. Anyone out there using pca-frame had the same >problem (or others, fwiw)? Regards, Rodrigo Lema.
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