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treez 22nd September 2012 02:55 PM

Cadstar PCB layout package for Audio

In July 2011, i bought Cadstar PCB layout package for 2000 and something pounds. I used it for just two months, up until september 2011.......and then never used it again, ever. (i only used it for a 2 month contract, at an audio company that insisted on cadstar being used)

I am now recveiving letters from Zuken in Bristol, UK, who are threatening to get their solicitors on to me if i do not pay my licence renewal fee of 225.

I do not understand this, i do not want to renew the license, and do not use Cadstar any more, and have no intention of ever using cadstar ever again.

Has any other reader had this trouble?

(I am not a public ltd company and never have been)

marce 24th September 2012 01:00 PM

See my answer on eda FORUM.
Cant see what the relationship is to layout for Audio, you can use any cad package for audio layout, audio is just analogue and digital electronics nothing more or less.

DF96 24th September 2012 01:45 PM

It used to be the case many years ago that commercial software (i.e. not aimed at domestic users) would usually be sold with an annually renewable licence which often included support and automatic updates. If you stop paying you would need to convince the supplier that you no longer were using the software - not sure how you would do this unless there was a dongle you could return to them. I no longer work in IT so I don't know how common this business model still is.

Confusion often arises because people think they have 'bought' software, when all they have actually bought is permission to use it (perhaps for a limited time) and a distribution copy of it (hopefully with some manuals). Software is usually 'licensed', not 'bought'.

marce 24th September 2012 02:28 PM

Cadstar, like all modern CAD packages ECAD or MCAD now derives its income mainly from maintenance, which I belive this to be, you dont have to take out maintenance (which averages out at about 10% of the software cost).
Did you sign up for a perpetual licence or have you paid for a limited time licence, look at the terms and conditions that you purchased the software under, and if necessary contact a solicitor to act on your behalf.
cadstar works on a hardware dongle in europe, whether node locked or network licenced, so returning the dongle would inactivate the software.

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