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Ram makes an add-on for Advanse that does connections. 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc] 
> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 1:02 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: STEEL: Connection Design Software
> 
> Been awhile since we batted this around.
> 
> We've been using Descon. To be honest, I'm not thrilled with 
> the price/performance and their support has been less than 
> stellar. Most of our problems have been related to 
> installation and licensing issues - it almost seems as though 
> we're going back to the "bad old days" of copy-protection 
> schemes that make the software a real pain in the arse to use.
> 
> I also don't like the fact that you can select EITHER LRFD OR 
> ASD and not both (unless you pay double, at least). Seems to 
> me that with the present code provisions it's not that big a 
> deal to swing both ways.
> 
> On the plus side, it does seem to be fully-featured, it does 
> go by the latest AISC code provisions, and the sketches it 
> puts out are really almost detailer-quality.
> 
> Is there any sort of alternative out there that anyone would 
> recommend? 
> Would love it if IES would do a program like this; I still 
> consider there stuff the best bang-for-the-buck of anything 
> out there, including their entire line of products.
> 
> Regards to all.
> 
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