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I'm on my 30 day free trial. I already know that I am going to run out of time before I can really explore the program. The way I was able to learn your biggest rival's products was due to their student licensing scheme. I think that's a huge reason why they carry so much market share. Autodesk products are in every college/university in the U.S. and Canada. As a potential freelancer I am leaning towards Autodesk's AutoCAD LT/Revit LT Suite; a somewhat painful decision as LISP programming is one of my favorite hobbies. But the price actually makes sense.
Looking back to how I learnt Revit, I recall that they had very generous student licensing. It also doesn't hurt that Autodesk products exist in nearly every college and university in the U.S. and Canada. Autodesk has leveraged this to increase their user-base, which is perhaps even more important than the quality of the software itself. I think for BricsCAD BIM to be successful, the user base has to increase. I think that many would agree with me when I say most people won't jump from Autodesk products to BricsCAD BIM if they have to either pay the 1-year subscription fee, nor the perpetual license cost, without knowing whether or not BricsCAD BIM is a viable option. There's no avoiding the fact that Bricsys has to increase their 'BIM' user base, and have some suggestions:
To summarize, I think that Bricsys would do well to increase their user base. I feel like after weight my options, all the pro's and con's, the scale is barely tipping in favor of... big evil... I see tons of potential on BricsCAD's end. I'm also surprised that so few people still have no idea about the software (which highlights my point about the user base).