EDIT: its 495$, i was reading the wrong thing
What is 495$? I see 159$. I think we will have to wait a few hour/day for TI to adjust the pricing/info on the website to reflect their new policy. It will finally be more adequate for student like me to buy CCS. At around 100-200$, i might consider buying a license for development on msp430 & msp432 & CCxxx platform, and buy a crosswork for all my arm related work (although they don't offer lifetime upgrade, they are still affordable. One of the great thing of this CCS offer is one low-medium price = lifetime upgrade, no limit, commercial usage for every of their micro-controller. The main disadvantage of crosswork for student/hobbyist is the non commercial usage only. CCS would be one of the first engineering tool with an affordable price and lifetime upgrade allowing student/hobbyist to do some project for money. It will also help some startup.
Anyone know other software that is either affordable and optionally include lifetime license? Any field related, as a student, its always good to know some software available that won't burn your wallet.
For example, in audio, there is FL studio with lifetime upgrade and Renoise, a tracker at 60$. Renoise is good for 1 major upgrade. Both of those software say you may install on as many computer you own.
Crosswork from Rowley, 150$, also say you can install on as many computer as you want. Is it the same with CCS?(crosswork is great because it does EVERY arm an hobyist could come across. Well, there is some exotic arm it don't do like the new wiznet, but every st, freescale, nxp, TI, atmel... it will do it.)
Labview has a special student version costing around 30$. Install on up to two computer if i remember well. No upgrade. If you want the next version, buy it again.
Same for multisim, special student version, altought i heard that the student version has some minor/major limitation depending on what you do. Around 40$ if i remember well, up to two computer.
Autodesk will give student 2 year free about any of their software, renewable. I don't know on how many machine you may install.
Linux is free for everyone, great OS, compatible with Crosswork, Renoise, CCS, and few other engineering tool. Great bargain for anyone
Dreamspark (student only) for everything related to Microsoft product, can install everything from dreamspark on up to two computer.
Microsoft OneNote is totally free without limitation since February, great for when experimenting to take note.
Visual studio community is free for small business and student and hobbyist, same as visual studio professional.
Unity and UDK now have free/affordable option.
Microchip has free XC compiler, although with de optimization all over, to force people to buy the full one that will cost more than CCS. When you buy XC, its only for one architecture, contrary to CCS where you buy it for all TI's architecture.
Atmel studio is totally free
Kinetis studio is totally free
LPCxpresso is free up to 256kb.
Diptrace : Awesome price for student. For non-profit, its stated that we can't use it for commercial... but i see no where about the student license if we can make commercial usage of it (a student doing a side job on his own... a startup...)
There is Amazon prime that offer TV streaming for a nice price for student. Not an engineering software, but nice. Although, the tv streaming service is not available in every country.
Not some software/service, its worth mentioning that Terasic offer extremely cheap hardware for student wanting to play in FPGA field.
What about 3d? PCB? Multimedia creating software? Whatever else? Hosting? Cloud service? Any other great hobbyist/student deal on software?
Unfortunately, some company have some crippled student license, for example, there is Solidwork and Matlab where you buy a license for about 150-300$ that is only valid ONE year. So for a student, its not a great deal.
Edit: Now i see 445$ for CCS download only single node license. At that price, it cost too much for a student when we consider paypal/credit card %, tax, and currency exchange. It would cost me around 33% extra on the listed price being Canadian when we consider all those factor. Having a student credit card, i am limited to 500$ per transaction. What would be great would be either they lower their price, or sell architecture specific version at a lower price, or they offer a student version with a possibility to upgrade that student version to a full version once we graduate.