If you are an owner of Autodesk perpetual license with maintenance plan (formerly subscription) probably has received an email about the changes. The email content is similar to this post in Autodesk forum. Autodesk will increase the maintenance plan so that it will be about the same price as the subscription (rental plan). Read this FAQ for more details.
What it means
It is obvious now that Autodesk wants all of their existing customers to switch to subscriptions (rental). Perpetual license is forced to switch by increasing the price. Apparently the only benefit of maintenance plan customer is you can keep using the software after you stop paying the subscription. At least until your computer can support it.
Autodesk created a special forum: Moving to subscription. If you have a question or want to read what people say about this announcement, it is a good place to start.
What should we do
Autodesk has made the decision. Nothing will change that. Not at least for several years. You will need to decide if you are going keep using Autodesk software or make a switch to another product.
Making a switch is probably not easy. It means training, implementation, creating standards and more things to do. You will need to start looking for an alternative if you choose this path.
Autodesk probably will lose several customers, but I believe most of the customers will keep using Autodesk products. Autodesk has been selling AutoCAD with an expensive price, but people still using it. We know that there are many AutoCAD clones available with more affordable price. But AutoCAD is AutoCAD, people still use it. The other products might be also difficult to replace, depends on your situation.
If you are going to continue using Autodesk software, you need start to decide to continue using the perpetual license or change it to subscription. If you want to change it, according to the announcement, this year look to be the best time. Autodesk offers up to 60% discount for three years if you do it this year. The program starts in June 2017, so you have the time to make the decision.
However, Steve Johnson has calculated the options how the price will be after the discount ends. Until Autodesk announce how much discount you can lock, he suggests to wait. Read the post here: Autodesk license costs options 3, 4 & 5 – bait and switch.
What I think about it
I am also an unhappy customer with this decision. Yes, I have a Building Design Suite Premium and just renew my subscription last month. But raving about this will not change anything.
Autodesk suite has been discontinued, so probably I’m in a big trouble. I can continue paying my maintenance subscription now, but for how long? The product no longer exist.
I’m thinking to stop paying for the maintenance plan. But I haven’t made a decision if I should trade it with the subscription plan. The discount probably can cover for my initial cost, when I purchased the perpetual license. But after 3 years, the price will be very expensive. If I just stop my maintenance plan, I still can use it.
Let’s just wait until we know all the details.
What is your decision? Stay in Autodesk path or making a switch?