The Autodesk subscription changes took effect on August 1, 2016, and you might be wondering – now what do I do? Here’s a round-up of frequently asked questions that we’ve encountered.

  1. You will always have access to the perpetual licenses that you own, and you can still renew Maintenance Subscriptions on these licenses – in fact CADD recommends renewing for 3 years to lock-in today’s pricing
  2. Industry Collections have been introduced to replace Design and Creation Suites. Instead of purchasing new licenses of the Suites, you’ll now subscribe to the Industry Collections.
  3. Some new Autodesk jargon: there is now Single-User access (standalone) and Multi-User access (network). Autodesk no longer users the terms “standalone” and “network”
  4. The Collections contain Navisworks Manage and other valuable Autodesk software that weren’t available in the Standard suite. Click here for more information
  5. If you have a Desktop Subscription of a Suite (Premium or Ultimate) you should be able to transfer to a Collection at no charge, in October 2016
  6. There isn’t a path to take Perpetual Maintenance Subscriptions to Industry Collections today, but the FAQ from Autodesk alludes a path will become available at a later time
  7. Single-User Collections can be purchased for quarterly, 1, 2, and 3 year terms. Multi-User Collections can only be purchased in 1,2, and 3 year terms – no quarterly or monthly options are available at this time.
  8. Multi-User Collections will work with the latest version of the Autodesk License Manager and can be combined in a license file with Perpetual licenses
  9. Revit is Revit – there are no more “flavors” of Revit, so when you subscribe to Revit, you get the “Revit One Box,” which contains Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure
  10. You still have previous version rights (access to the most current version and 3 releases back) when you purchase Desktop Subscriptions
  11. When you subscribe to a Collection with Multi-User access, you will be able to grant shared access to cloud services, whereas with Suites, customers are limited to a single named user per cloud service
  12. You will need an internet connection for the initial download from Autodesk Account. Single Users need to connect every 30 days. Multi-User access does not require internet access
  13. If you have Legacy licenses (older Autodesk software not on Subscription) you may be eligible for a trade-in discount until October 21, 2016. Check out the details here