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> From: Seaintonln(--nospam--at)

> If you can't wait for RISA you would still do very well with either STRAP or
> MultiFrame.
> Dennis S. Wish PE
> Editor - SEAINT Online

I have to agree with your appraisal of Multiframe. Relatively
inexpensive, easy interface permits quick model and load development and
modifications. They have closed their U.S. office and now sell
exclusively through a distributor in Kansas City. Unfortunately, Mac
support has been dumped.

A couple others that bear investigation:

SODA by Acronym Software - weight optimized steel design, frame
generator, tension/compression only members, lock sections and optimize
others. Editable section database. Design iteration optimization to AISC
(ASD/LRFD) and CSA (Limit States) within 3 cycles. Graphical and text
file reports. On the verge of a major rework of the interface. From the
same people that produced Woodworks. Quite inexpensive! Windows 3/95/98.

SAFI Professional by Safi Quality Software Inc. - "integrated analysis,
verification, design and optimization." I have not had an opportunity to
evaluate the demo CD that I received. The brochure indicates a broad
range of steel, concrete, wood, aluminum stuctures (includes a bridge
box girder and transmission towers). Auto-building generator. ACAD DXF
import. Dynamic analysis. Force/stress envelopes. Configurable graphic
or numerical reports. Windows 95/98?/NT. At trade shows they run it on a
Mac inside SoftWindows - bless them.

Coming soon:
DR. Frame 2D by Dr. Software - 2D interactive design (beta available
now, first release coming in September) and are working to develop Dr.
Frame 3D. These guys are riding the wave of the future. Not the most
feature laden software but promises to be the way that design software
will work in the next generation (i.e. instant input/response - the
analysis is part of the modeler). The same people also produce Dr. Beam
(v1.0.2). This stuff is still pretty raw but useable. Mac/Windows.

Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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