Bricsys just launched its new Bricsys Meeting Point hub with some interesting new twists. Here's what the portal allows:
- This is a three-way hub, that lets users, third-party developers, and Bricsys support staff interact.
- It supports third-party apps running on Bricscad, as well as AutoCAD, surprisingly enough -- this sounds like Bricsys is making a play for ADN members.
- It lets customers and developers send messages to each other -- this ends up being a free support center for third-party developers
- And it provides third-party developers with a way to sell their software by accepting credit cards and automated invoicing -- something that will be useful to smaller developers who don't have this kind of sales infrastructure in-house.
Access to the portal is free; from the press release, it looks like the only cost is a 5% fee to developers using the invoicing system (and that's 6x cheaper than what Apple charges!). The site apparently supports 20 languages.
The point to this new portal, ceo Erik De Keyser says, is to prove that Bricscad is the number-one DWG alternative. It's good to see competition between Bricsys and Graebert improving the quality of DWG-based software and support! (Graebert has announced its own app portal, due to launch this month.)
[Disclosure: I write ebooks that are sold by Bricsys and Graebert.]