This is quite a feat for a software vendor. Usually there is some ability for a new version to use files from an old version. Being able to continue using the old version (updated) with new files is an advancement. It definitely shows sophistication in design of the software and data structures. It is often not effective to upgrade product versions in the middle of a design project.
I agree. I think Dassault and other CAD vendors have learned this the hard way from customer complaints over the years. This has historically been a big bone of contention, particularly among customers like A&D providers who have very protected development cycles.
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
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