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. Continue reading