In a move very similar to what happened with Alice Labs when they were acquired by Autodesk a very upset reseller sent me an email stating that he has been notified that Pointools will be discontinued at the end of this month – al of the plug-ins are dead. Both of these products were very good at what they did and were relatively inexpensive. In the case of Pointools I know for a fact that is was selling “like hotcakes” once it got into the Bentley sales machine.
Bentley is working very hard at adding point cloud functionality to Microstation and Descartes as I have noted in the past, but it still seems like there is a place for these standalone utilities. I have heard through the grapevine that the spring release of Autodesk products will have Alice Labs functionality built in. Some will say that you can’t stop progress, but if you are an owner of Pointools I am sure you are not happy about this news.