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RE: Diagnostic software

I do not agree with the "half days work".  And my point about the 16 bit vs
32 bit was to show that development of the base code has slowed or stopped.
No one to do that "half days work".


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Berrevoets [mailto:peterb@mysysltd.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 10:43 AM
To: James M. De Arras
Cc: Quattro List
Subject: RE: Diagnostic software

You are not really paying for the software (ownership) when you buy a
product, you are paying for a license to use it.  This is similar to
receiving a copy of PhotoShop Lite with a scanner. You've received a piece
of software that has reduced functionality to get a "taste" for it. It's why
MS Works still sells instead of MS Office to someone who doesn't want all
the features (functionality) of the more expensive package.

How about a base model golf compared to a fully loaded VR6 - much of the car
is the same...

They already have the product designed and probably still in development.
Spend a half day altering the code to reduce it's functionality - and
thereby it' value - and you can still sell the $750 product to professionals
and for the cost of a half days programming , you can now sell a lite
version to thousands of enthusiasts who are not professionals - you will not
lose money - you will only make money. The professionals might even buy the
lite version to try first and if they want to use the software on a  car
other than the one they paid for they can either buy another lite copy or...
wait for it... upgrade to the full version!!!

That's why.



BTW - whether the code is 16 bit or 32 bit doesn't really affect how the
software deals with device it's connected to.  Disabling the interface or
reference data often found in a data file or DLL is hopefully not something
programmed secretly into the core kernel of the program. Makes for a
difficult upgrade path when adding functionality to their installed user

-----Original Message-----
From: James M. De Arras [mailto:jmd@westlab.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 6:42 AM
To: 'peterb@mysysltd.com'; Quattro List
Subject: RE: Diagnostic software

No, why should they add work to thier product, to sell for less?  The
original author died, and I don't think the current support is up to such a
task, anyway, given the code is still 16 bit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Berrevoets [mailto:peterb@mysysltd.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 2:41 AM
To: Quattro List
Subject: RE: Diagnostic software

I just sent this off to Baum Tools, do you think they'll bite?

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Berrevoets [mailto:peterb@mysysltd.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 2:38 AM
To: lyndex@horizon-isp.net
Subject: Diagnostic software

I am an auto enthusiast and own a 1990 Audi 200TQ - MC engine.

Your software covers this model and many others, however at (I understand)
$750+ US it is too pricey to purchase for me alone.  I wonder if you had
considered the possibility of selling for individual enthusiast use, a
version of your software that would work only on one specific vehicle? and
priced perhaps in the enthusiast range of $45 to $65 US plus the cost of the

A great way to get your software out in the market place and probably a
great way to improve your profits at a negligible cost - make it available
via e-commerce purchase and download online?

I won't charge you for the idea if you'd consider making me your first

Peter Berrevoets
1990 200TQ