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Right now I am having a not so amusing Autodesk verticals deja vu but I hope it's not going to be that bad and that BricsCAD is not completely going the AutoCAD route with market segmentation and related verticals.
When I read that the sheet metal module would be combined with platinum to become BricsCAD mechanical I was slightly worried this might be start of AutoCAD style verticals, but there was no mention of the BIM module going to disappear as well and was glad to see terrain modelling coming in BricsCAD BIM so I thought it would still be possible to have BIM and sheet metal/mechanical in one CAD package.
Much to my unpleasant surprise right now there now seem to be only three options:
- Platinum without BIM and without Sheet metal (Mechanical)
- Platinum with BIM - but no mechanical = BricsCAD BIM
- Platinum with sheet metal but no BIM = BricsCAD Mechanical (which is going to include the Communicator in spring next year according to some articles).
No mention of separate Sheet metal/Mechanical and BIM modules, and the communicator module may disappear as module as well in the near future.
How about those of us who now have both the BIM and Sheet metal (and Communicator if applicable, which I do have as well but not everyone may have it) modules because we work multidisciplinary and do general 2d/3d drafting, civil, BIM and mechanical etc.? Will it still be possible to have BIM and Mechanical the old way like it was with the modules of will we be forced to buy BricsCAD Mechanical AND BricsCAD BIM licenses to be able to work in multiple disciplines and as such making the total more expensive than a complete AutoCAD suite? Or will there be an option to have the BIM or Mechanical functionality added to BricsCAD Mechanical or BricsCAD BIM respectively?