When shopping for a digital product let vendors know that open non-proprietary systems are an important buying factor. Ask the sales person if you can transfer the digital impression to any lab of your choice or if you can load the impression into design software of your choice. In many cases the answer will be no. Let the sales person or better yet the sales managers and product managers know that you won’t buy a closed system.
I promise you that when you do this the salesperson will be prepared with a very plausible sounding reason that their closed system is better and it is in your best interests to play in their private sandbox.
The fact is that closed proprietary systems benefit the manufacturers and vendors they do not benefit the profession and our patients.