WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW POST-DEADLINE:
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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”
- The Collections contain Navisworks Manage and other valuable Autodesk software that weren’t available in the Standard suite. Click here for more information
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- You still have previous version rights (access to the most current version and 3 releases back) when you purchase Desktop Subscriptions
- 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
- 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
- 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