3. I would however recommend that if you are using the software for production purposes you consider buying a maintenance contract for it. This is normally done in cases where at least one seat of 3D Solid Edge is owned, but I am sure if you are using several seats of Free2D in production, you could get your local rep to put you on an maintenance contract (at a yearly fee). The benefits would be:
a. You will get upgrades automatically, without having to download them.
b. You will have access to the API to program against.
c. You can tie it in with a PDM system like Insight.
"there is another 3D Parametric option in the market"