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Licensing / Pricing

  1. FAQ 1-1: How is CADTool license implemented

  2. FAQ 1-2: How much is the cost of site or corporate license 

  3. FAQ 1-3: For network license, when the license is dispatched or returned

  4. FAQ 1-4: If we buy three network licenses, but at some time four of our CAD users happen to use it, will one of them be "kicked out" of the program?

  5. FAQ 1-5: How long is the license good for

  6. FAQ 1-6: Is there additional charge for support and upgrade

  7. FAQ 1-7: Any discount for large volume purchase

  8. FAQ 1-8: Any discount/ commission if I refer your product to others

  9. FAQ 1-9: Why Office2CAD is the best and cheapest tool

  10. FAQ 1-10: I downloaded a demo license yesterday and today it expired

  11. FAQ 1-11: How to get a demo license online from CADTool license server

  12. FAQ 1-12: Can I place my order by check

  13. FAQ 1-13: How to pay online using credit card

  14. FAQ 1-14: When can I get the license after payment

  15. FAQ 1-15: For network license, can we track how many licenses are in used or in short

  16. FAQ 1-16: I need a demo license

  17. FAQ 1-17: "No license file found" message


FAQ 1-1: How is CADTool license implemented

 

CADTool licensing is implemented in two ways:

Single standalone license

License is fixed to each client's workstation using its hardware ID. The hardware IDs CADTool uses are network card address (MAC address) or hard disk serial number. Most of the time CADTool uses network card address.

For single license, client does not have the flexibility to move the license around to serve different CAD users.

Network license

Client runs a license server obtaining from CADTool on any workstation within the organization. The license server is in charged for license dispatching. Licensing request/dispatching is managed remotely through LAN or internet.

Network licensing has the flexibility to dispatch licenses as needed and maximize their usage.

For example, client can purchase 1~3 network licenses to server 6~10 CAD users. It all depends on how many CAD
users will be using Office2CAD *concurrently*.

For details on network license, please refer to this tutorial


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FAQ 1-2: How much is the cost of site or corporate license

 

The cost of site or corporate license depends on each client's current number of users. 

Please contact our sales department at sales@cadtool.net  and let us know:

1. Which module you are interested in, Office2CAD or AutoBlock, AutoCAD or MicroStation version

2. The number of CAD users who will be using CADTool in you office

CADTool is pleased to provide a quote based on client's request.

 

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FAQ 1-3: For network license, when the license is dispatched or returned

 

When the license is dispatched
The license is dispatched only when user uses Office2CAD command, the most frequent used commands are import and update Excel tables.
If the users work on any drawings which Office2CAD command is not involved, the license will be still in the server and available for other users.
When the license is returned
The license will reside at end user's PC since the point of time she/he uses first Office2CAD command, and will be returned only when the user quits AutoCAD or MicroStation.


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FAQ 1-4: If we buy three network licenses, but at some time four of our CAD users happen to use it, will one of them be "kicked out" of the program?

 

CADTool license server has a counter to record down how many licenses are in used. If you purchase 3 and all 3 are in used, the 4th attempting user will get a message telling him the license pool is full while all 3 current users are still owning their licenses.
 

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FAQ 1-5: How long is that license good for

 

CADTool commercial license is permanent license and good for life time.

 

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FAQ 1-6: Is there additional charge for support and upgrade

 

Clients will get free support, most of times through email, some times over phone if necessary.
CADTool will troubleshoot/resolve bug wise problems, but can NOT guarantee that we will add all new features requested by clients.
For example, you fail to go through one spreadsheet's import, which causes error, you can email us that Excel file and we are obligated to resolve this for you without additional charge to you.
You may also request to add some fancy features to Excel import, most of time we will consider this seriously and put it in the wish list. If there are more clients send us the similar requests, we will definitely add these features in the new version.
For upgrades, we will follow Autodesk's approach. Say AutoCAD 2006 is out and clients want to upgrade to ACAD06 version, will charge upgrade fee similar to the percentage of fee Autodesk charged for AutoCAD's upgrade.
1. We only charge upgrade fee when clients want to upgrade from pre-ACAD05 to ACAD06 above version, the percentage of fee is similar to ACAD05 to ACAD06 upgrade fee. Other than that, we do NOT charge any upgrade fee and clients are free to upgrade CAD Tool products in between
2. If clients stick to ACAD2000~ACAD2005, there is no additional charge for upgrade

 

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FAQ 1-7: Any discount for large volume purchase

 

Yes, there is discount. 

Please contact our sales department at sales@cadtool.net  and let us know:

1. Which module you are interested in, Office2CAD or AutoBlock, AutoCAD or MicroStation version

2. The number of CAD users who will be using CADTool in you office

CADTool is pleased to provide a quote based on client's request.

 

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FAQ 1-8: Any discount/ commission if I refer your product to others

 

Yes. You can get discount as referral and the commission will be sent to your designated receiver after the referred clients place their orders.
For example, one client referred by you places US$5000 order, there is 10% discount as amount of US$500
This US$500 can be returned in any one of these options
1. We send a check payable to your designated receiver
2. If you already ordered US$2000 for 10 network licenses, at $200 each, we send you 500/200=2.5 --> 3 additional network licenses
3. This client pay US$4500 for US$5000 purchase
 

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FAQ 1-9: Why Office2CAD is the best and cheapest tool

 

We can proudly claim that Office2CAD is the cheapest Excel to CAD import tool.

One of the competitors sells a similar tool for US$60 only, but users may eventually pay $1000 more when they use this tool. Why ? There is huge hidden cost incurred in the long term.

Office2CAD uses only a fraction of the time used by other similar tools to complete an Excel to CAD import/update. When users try a slightly bigger spreadsheet, say 200 rows by 20 columns, they will find tools from our competitors are totally not productive. The processing speed is critical because each minute of engineers/designers' time incurs cost to a project. 

In a long term view, those cheap, non-productive tools are actually much expensive as it may take engineers 2~7 minutes to wait for an import/update to complete. 

How much is an engineer's hour rate?

How many hours Office2CAD can save if 10 engineers in your office need 10X500 Excel imports/updates in one year?

 

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FAQ 1-10: I downloaded a demo license yesterday and today it expired

 

This sometimes happens to European trial users and the reason is unknown.

Trial users have two options to apply a new demo license from CADTool.

 Apply a demo license file via email

1. Download GetID.zip. Unzip it and run it.
2. Highlight the text string it shows. Click on your mouse right button and select Copy as shown below.
3. Paste the string in your email and send it to info@cadtool.net
4. CADTool will issue a demo license to you through email


 

Grab a demo license directly from CADTool license server

Please refer to FAQ 1-11 for details

 

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FAQ 1-11: How to get a demo license online from CADTool license server

 

CADTool license server is not always on, but user can send an email request to info@cadtool.net  and ask us to turn it on. User may follow these steps to grab a demo license remotely from CADTool server.

In AutoCAD or MicroStation, click on CADTool >> Configure Network License and key-in  ww2.cadtool.net and 555 

as shown below

 

Click on OK button and user should be able to have a free trial now.

 

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FAQ 1-12: Can I place my order by check

 

Yes, you can.

Your check or money order should be payable to CADTool Software

Mail your check to

CADTool Software
226 Michener Park
Edmonton Alberta
Canada T6H 4M5

 

CADTool will send you a 15-day demo license so that you can still use our products before we receive your payment.

 

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FAQ 1-13: How to pay online using credit card

 

Go to order page, click on Buy Now link of the item you want and  check it out.

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FAQ 1-14: When can I get the license after payment

 

For credit payment, if there is no problem on your card payment authorization, your license will be delivered next working day.

For non credit card payment like check, we will deliver license once receive your check. 

We can deliver to user 15-day full functional demo license so that user can still use our products during the check mailing time.

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FAQ 1-15: For network license, can we track how many licenses are in used or in short

 

Yes, you can.

CADTool license server writes log file to record down all activities including license dispatching and rejection. The daily log file is created in C:\CADTool\logs\ folder with the file name similar to 2004-04-15.log
User can view how license server is working at License Server Tutorial

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FAQ 1-16: I need a demo license 

 

Please refer to FAQ 1-10 to apply a demo license via email

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FAQ 1-17: "No license file found" message

 

Please refer to FAQ 1-10 to apply a demo license via email

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