Today, I received an email from Carlson Software. If you are a current Carlson customer or are considering Carlson, this may be of interest to you. The email is copied and pasted in it’s entirety, and offered without comment.
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January 29, 2008
To: Carlson Software Customers and Dealers:
Carlson Software® has built products that work on top of AutoCAD® and AutoCAD Map® from Autodesk Inc. for 20 years, since 1987. This software includes Carlson Survey®, Carlson Civil®, Carlson Hydrology® and Carlson Mining®. For the last 14 years of this 20-year period, Carlson Software was able to provide our customers and dealers the convenience of making a single purchase by bundling our software together with AutoCAD and Map. Autodesk has terminated this bundling option as of February 20, 2008. Thus, Carlson Software returns to its original status of writing add-on software and not selling the Autodesk products directly.
Although we are among the largest of the Independent Software Vendors for Autodesk, we “have been determined not to meet the current Autodesk partnering needs.” We regret this decision by Autodesk, and will do all we can to direct you to other AutoCAD and Map resellers that can provide the platform software and the CAD support.
We will, of course, continue to develop these same products on AutoCAD and Map indefinitely going forward. Our next releases, for Carlson 2009, will include major enhancements as well as support for AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 2009.
Also effective February, 20, 2008, Autodesk has renewed our OEM engine agreement, but at significantly higher prices, for products such as Carlson Survey Standalone® and Carlson Takeoff®. However, Autodesk will no longer provide the engine for Carlson Roads, which will be discontinued on the AutoCAD engine platform. To continue to provide the highest quality software solutions at appropriate market prices, Carlson Software will be porting these products to other engines and will announce their availability in the near future.
Customers and Dealers are reminded that they can continue to buy bundled copies of AutoCAD and Map with Carlson Software products and copies of all of our OEM engine products at the current pricing until February 20, 2008.
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we appreciate your business and the relationships we’ve established over the years with so many of you in the industry. Carlson Software is fully committed to serving the land market—survey, civil engineering, construction, mining—and is more motivated than ever to provide independent, high-quality product choices.
Carlson Software Inc.
1983-2008: 25 Years Providing Quality Software
Solutions for Land Development Professionals