Since its launch in June 2014, we at CloudCalc have provided our structural analysis software at no charge, inviting engineers everywhere to use the product without restriction. The purpose of this was to help build a community of first adopters who could help prove the concept that cloud-based engineering software could not only be viable, but actually preferable to the traditional PC-based engineering analysis products. In return, you, as the first adopters, have provided a wonderful exchange of ideas, critiques, and suggestions which has helped to make our product even better. All of us at CloudCalc thank you for that!
We are proud of what we have achieved in the past few years – creating not just a product but a paradigm that was not even considered to be practical just a few years ago. All the more surprising is that we have done this without asking for one dollar of revenue from our ever growing community of users. Not surprisingly, at some point we need to find a way to pay the costs – the cost of the developers and engineers who design, code, and test CloudCalc, the fees for the servers that host CloudCalc, the rent and other office expenses, etc. – if we are going to keep up with the demands of enhancing and supporting an increasingly used engineering solution of this quality. That point in time is now, or more specifically, starting Sunday, April 1.
We know that putting a price on a previously free product invites sticker shock. To that end, we are doing our best to keep the cost affordable and licensing easy. So in order to ease the transition, we plan on the following:
- All registering customers (including those who have already been using CloudCalc for free) will receive an automatic one-month’s free trial of the product before being charged. Yes, you will need to provide a valid credit card to sign up, but we will not charge that card until one month later. If you cancel before the end of the free month, you won’t be charged at all. So feel free to try CloudCalc for up to one month to see if it is right for you.
- Our prices are low, and our licensing model is flexible. We offer license durations from one month to one year – with our tiered pricing plan, the cost drops as low as $59 USD per month when you select a one-year plan.
- As a thank you to our loyal early adopters, we are providing a special discount when you sign up. When you select a 12 month license and enter the Promo Code promo348, you will be licensed at the special rate of $29 USD per month ($348 USD per year) for the first year (following your free evaluation month, of course). Please make sure that you use this code by May 31 of this year.
- We want to continue to support engineering education. If you are a professor or a student at a recognized university, college, or technical school, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to set up an educational license at no cost.
We want to make the transition as easy as possible for our current users. Starting April 1 (not before), you will have to re-register for the application (click the big green New User button on the main web site). Please register using the same User Name and email address as before in order to assure that you still have access to your old structural models and other data. In order to make this as easy as possible, once the new registration page is available, we will send you an email with a link that will take you directly there, in order to start the re-registration process.
We look forward to keeping you as a satisfied CloudCalc user for many years to come. You can rest assured that your future licensing fees will go toward the continual improvement of CloudCalc, Structural Analysis in the Cloud.
By Tom Van Laan
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