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What It Takes To Further Develop ProTrak
July 22, 2018
6:59 pm
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James Switzer
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Hello,

James Moir estimated the total number of potential ProTrak operators to be about 350 users.  He thought the price point should be about 1 Kato, DCC equipped, loco.  For the amount of time Jim put into support and the amount of time it took to code things, there was no financial advantage.  ProTrak was well and truly a labor of love.

From the time I first started testing ProTrak, about 1986, until today, I have used operations and management software plus logistics software in my "business management career".  That software runs between $7k, to $65k, to well over $100k.  Given the small market ProTrak is, I'm estimating ProTrak would retail for about $6.5k plus purchased support costs.

That is just a prohibitive cost for software.

I hope that those who use the software, and those who have used the software, realize what an amazing value it offers … buggy or not.

 

Best regards,

James

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Mark Stafflrd
July 22, 2018
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James trust me if I say I always have known what a total bargain the Protrak software licence represented.  In a past life I worked first for a software development team for the biggest telephone company here in Australia and latter for IBM as a systems architect.  I always knew that there was (virtually) no profit in what Jim did for us. 

But on the other hand Jim shared his passion for his hobby (and my guess is that Protrak was a very significant part of his railway hobby) with the rest of us at a cost that bared little to no relationship with the effort required to develop it in the first place.

That level of commitment and pure artistry of Jim’s code are in my opinion worthy of the highest possible praise.  I know that there is no way I could have produced what Jim did.  That was my reasoning behind trying to preserve and ensure his effort in an ongoing way.

Mark Stafford

July 22, 2018
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Excellent thoughts well said, Mark.  We are all still feeling Jim's loss, as a good friend, a fellow model railroader, and our Protrak guru.  He will be ever missed by all of us. Best, Andy 

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