yes, I agree, I have been saying this same thing often (for example here). But this being software, developers prefer to work on features because it's more exciting than working on code stability/maintenance. And this is very unfortunate as long-term user-data accessibility could be FreeCAD's strong selling point, because that is something where commercial CAD vendors really suck. And even more so with the current tendency of SAAS (Software As A Service) where the software is "rented" and not "owned".ColdAK wrote: ↑Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:12 amI think the biggest worry and concern is wondering which one or ones will be around long term, not that there are multiple options ... I use freecad for business and I actually would like the peace of mind that the method I use will still be supported years from now
well, this is the Assembly forum, for drawings you should address your queries to the TechDraw forum That being said, my concern is to be able to access my model at-all ! I always export my finished drawings to PDF so they're accessible for ever, and if needed I can re-implement them in another drawing software. If your business is dependent upon these drawings then you should have some product lifetime management system anyway, you can't rely on the CAD software for that (even though some pretend to do that, I know). But if I can't open my assembly, then I'm really toasted. Which is what happens if you use a commercial CAD software, and it's called vendor lock-in: you won't have this with FreeCAD.
On the other hand, what you'll have is that some feature depends on a single developer, and when he's not around anymore that feature might disappear: see Assembly2 (not A2+). That's why Assembly4 only uses stock FreeCAD things without any magic, so you'll be able to access your data as long as FreeCAD exists. You don't even need the Assembly4 workbench to be installed to open Assembly4 models !
Hum, now that I actually get to tell the story, I'll be even more careful about this, thank-you for your comment.