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Vectric software

1/13/21       
Scott

I was trying to find some information on their website, but didnít totally understand it.
My question is, how much is the total cost of their software. It says that the price of a package is say $699 for Vcarve pro, there are no maintenance fees, is that a one time cost or do you have to purchase that yearly like sketchup? It says if their are upgrades then you pay for those if you want?
Sorry for my confusion and thanks for the help.

1/13/21       #2: Vectric software ...
Mark B Member

Vectric is not subscription based so you buy the software one time (the 699) then they will release regular small updates (free) but then when they release a new major version update you will have the option to pay a price for that update (59 bucks or whatever it is). If your happy with your version and none of the new features seem useful to you you just stay where your at.

As subsequent major version updates are released your cost to get to the most current version would of course increase but your correct, there is no "maintenance" or annual cost. You buy it once and you own it (the way it use to be, and I wish it would stay).

I have grown increasingly frustrated with this pay-in-perpetuity thing though I know its common in the cad world for ages.

Vectric is holding fast on what I feel is a good practice and they bust their hump with regards to features. Great software if it does what you need.

1/13/21       #3: Vectric software ...
Ian

Also if you would ever like to move up a notch, say from vcarve to aspire, you just pay the difference. Money spent on their products is money in the bank.

1/14/21       #4: Vectric software ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

Down load the trial version and become well aquainted with it before purchase, you will not be able to machine the files you make but you can save them for when you purchase.

there are some sample files you can rub on your CNC to test ability and PP, there are hundreds of PP included with the software

If you purchase VCP and later decide you want to upgrade to aspire (1999.00) then you revieve a large credit for what you have already spent,

These guys at Vectric have mastered the cost system and it is the best bang for the buck Hands Down,

1/14/21       #5: Vectric software ...
Scott

Thanks for the info fellaís, I have a 3 axis nesting cnc and do just cabinet work, I was hoping to do some insert carvings for glass doors, try some carving of grills etc.
I was wondering which program of theirs you recommend. I was thinking the Vcarve pro as it comes with the clip art, maybe others do as well. I am also hoping to get more proficient with sketchup and export files from it as well.

1/14/21       #6: Vectric software ...
james e mcgrew  Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

Look at.my website. All of this work was done with Vectric

mcgrewwoodwork.com

1/16/21       #7: Vectric software ...
Ian

If you plan to create the 3d files to machine yourself, then you will need Aspire. Vcarve will only run them. Pro has unlimited machining envelope capability, while desktop is limited to 28".

1/18/21       #8: Vectric software ...
Mark B Member

You have other options as well for 3D files. If you are already running sketchup(pro) you have the ability to generate .stl. .obj, and others in sketchup as well as bring 3D elements into sketchup for editing and then export them to VCarve. Aspire is nice for sure but its not the only option and as already mentioned the nice thing is if you get rolling with VCarve and some other 3D option and later feel the need to upgrade Vectric is phenomenal in that capacity. We do a fair amount of 3D but not a ton and do not have Aspire.

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