Each major version of PLA has a lifecycle of 10 years. We released PLA 2.0 on August 30, 2006. So this version reached its end of life on August 30, 2016.
This means that after August 30, 2016 we will no longer support PLA 2.0. We will not publish any updates and will not provide bugfixes. This is because we have to allocate our resources in the most effective way. We therefore cannot provide support for older versions of PLA indefinitely.
What are your options if you still use PLA 2.0?
Of course, you can continue to work with PLA 2.0. The program will continue to function, but from August 30, 2016 onwards you will be without support, without bugfixes and without updates.
But there is another option. It is also the one we strongly recommend: You should give PLA 3.0 a try. This is the current version of PLA and it is superior to its predecessors in many ways. PLA 3.0 is available as a free trial version for download here on our website.
Important: If your PLA Support Contract is still valid, you can switch to PLA 3.0 at no additional cost. Please use the dongle we sent you and look up your license keys here. For customers without a valid PLA Support Contract, we offer a discount for the purchase of PLA 3.0. Just send us an E-Mail and we will gladly give you a quote.
What do we recommend?
We recommend that you install the fully functional trial version of PLA 3.0. This is the easiest way to familiarize yourself with the program and its new features. We also recommend that you don’t start new projects in PLA 2.0. You can still continue to use it for existing projects, because it can coexist with PLA 3.0 on the same computer. But you should definitely use PLA 3.0 for any new project you might have.
If you have questions about the end of life of PLA 2.0, for example about the switch to PLA 3.0 in general or about the comparability of the data between the two versions, please contact our support team.
One additional note: PLA 2.1 is not affected by the end of support for PLA 2.0. These are separate versions of PLA and we will continue to support PLA 2.1 until May 08, 2023.