Any busy design studio nowadays needs many different kinds of software – a plain old design program just isn’t enough anymore!
The solution of many manufacturers has been to keep adding on different functions to the original software – design-through-production-through-application in a single, often unwieldy program. Autocad, Microstation and ArchiCad are examples.
The alternative is to develop state-of-the-art specialist programs, compatible and inter-communicating. This is the road chosen by Interstudio, for the following good reasons:
- Technical capacity: a rendering function within a general design program is nowhere near as good as a specialist rendering program; nor can a modelling function ever compete with a customized modelling program.. And so on. The total capacity of a group of specialist programs is much more than the sum of the same functions, inserted into a monolithic design program.
- Simplicity: you might think that learning a whole bunch of different programs is more difficult than using one program with the various functions incorporated. Not so! The monolithic version is complex and unwieldy and you have to learn the whole program before you can begin to use the separate functions. It’s easier to tackle customized, user-friendly programs, one at a time.
- Cost: but surely it’s cheaper to buy one big program? Surprisingly not! The big monolithic programs have a limited market. The integrated programs have a wider range of clients, irrespective of whichever CAD program they are using, or indeed they can be purchased separately from a CAD program. Their cost is thus lower.
- Flexibility: you can buy the integrated programs as and when you need them, thus spreading the cost. You can also purchase new programs, as they become available, so your software package is always updated.