I had a long phone conversation with Dave Taylor, Product Manager last night. It was very interesting and shed some light on why some things have happened.
You are correct in that the on-line version is much more up to date (Revised Daily
). We also discussed the off-line help and there seem to be some problems going from the on-line version to PDF. They are working on it.
We also discussed RUBY and links to it's information as well as customized programming were added. According to Dave there is no question as to TC progressing along the Ruby path.
I asked about some sort of an 'Update Aid' that could be used to automatically get the previous releases files, that have your customized efforts, and replace the new release ones. No promises but - what the hay!
I may have harped a little too much on testing and new release bugs, but he was nice about it. In an e-mail I suggested that they utilize staff to form a 'Black Hat' team that try to break the new releases.
I also got an insight as to why the UI is being changed. TC is making the changes to compete with some of the other CAD packages. That is a valid concept from the marketing standpoint, but, IMHO, may aggravate the current customers.
All in all it was a very pleasant interchange and I really appreciated the call. Mark Maier was my sales rep and he was more than helpful. I'm stil asking for return authorization but will spend another day or so looking at it.