Kevin Lossner wrote:
Grzegorz Gryc wrote:
E.g. there are some serious rumours a new DV version is expected in a close future, so I'm rather reluctant to pay the upgrade twice.
I doubt you would. Atril's policies in this regard are about the best I've ever encountered. (This isn't a comparison with other CAT tool vendors except SDL/Trados but rather a general comment on software upgrades in general from Adobe, Abbyy and dozens of other companies I deal with.)
Yes, I know.
The only problem is the upgrade price/planning policy is not clear/public.
E.g. I don't know I'll fall in the grace period or no.
Potentially, it makes a diffrerence of some hundreds of euro for every licence.
It's a lot of money for a freelancer.
But if I have an upgrade assurance, my decision will be very rapid
DVX Workgroup is worth this money.
My arguments don't affect the current sales and a new licence purchase.
Even if Atril charges for the upgrade (in this context, I sincerily doubt it), the total price will be comparable to a new licence price (a 20-25% difference, I suppose).
It makes sense.
Normally, the DV upgrade cycle is 4-5 years long.
The DVX cost of ownership is simply ridiculous compared to Trados (normally, approx. 20-25% every year).
So... no comments...
I expect that if the new upgrade to DVX comes out in the next few months (I think it was due about now if I remember the rumors) I won't pay at least for the license I just upgraded to Workgroup. As for the others, well... they were bought in 2000 as DV3 licenses, and when DVX appeared I got free upgrades, and I haven't paid for any of the improvements since.
The same, I bought my first DV licence in 2002 (DV3 upgraded for free to DVX).
Gnerally, it's great.
The only problem it's difficult to prepare a budget.
E.g. 3-4 ago an IT company I worked for selected Trados because of a clear upgrade policy.
They knew they'll pay more but they know the approximative annual price.
It's a very corporate
Of course, there were other factors (mainly the integration with visual localization tools like Passolo, Catalyst, RC-Wintrans etc.).
I actually hope I get charged this time, because Atril has given me an incredible amount of value
The DVX ROI is incredible.
and only charged me when I did something stupid like destroyed a dongle in a vacuum cleaner.
My only concern about the upgrade is how it will affect a DVX project management documentation project I'm working on. I'm not on the beta list
and really don't have time to play there, so I hope that the interface won't change significantly, or I'll be re-doing a lot of screen shots on short notice.
I worked as technical writer and the screenshots were always the biggest pain in the arse.
[Edited at 2008-12-01 10:04 GMT]