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It costs how much?!!?!

Wow.  I have been hanging around this newsgroup reading for a little
while now and I downloaded a demo of IDL a month or two ago to
determine what IDL could do.  Despite being limited to a 7 minute demo
now, I am quite impressed.  I finally got around to asking RSI exactly
how much it cost...  WOW.  I am a meager graduate student and my
supervisor isn't too keen on paying so much money for software which he
figures I can live without... "How much??? (cough, cough, weeze) I'm
sure you can do that in Excel" were his exact words.  I'd buy it
myself, but there is no way I could afford it at what they quoted me.
I looked into the 'student version' but it is far too limited to be of
much use with my *large* datasets.  I guess it is back to
fortran, 'gri' and 'gnuplot' for me :(

Will the people at RSI ever come back to reality here?  Their academic
prices are simply too high (a few hundred dollars perhaps) but what
they are asking is crazy.  I would have thought that us
engineering/physics graduate students are the people that RSI would
target sales for!  In a few years, I'll be in industry making decisions
about software purchases...  too bad they don't realize this...


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