Autodesk has stopped selling the perpetual license for a while now. We all know many customers don’t accept this well, including me. In short, the term based subscription is a good option. But it must not be the only option.
Autodesk keeps saying that the new subscription model is better than the old one. And they can’t keep offering two different licensing models.
But I still don’t see why the new model is better. The only answer I keep getting is to look at this: Why Move to a Subscription. No, it doesn’t answer my question. We get all the benefits in the past too, as long as we have the subscription active.
Well, I keep my mind open. If you do think the new licensing model is better, I would like to know why. Please share your thoughts in the comment section. If you are reading this in the email newsletter, please do not reply the email.
If anyone from Autodesk wants to answer this, please do. Maybe you can explain it better than the others before.
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Initially, we were a small company that did not keep up-to-date as it did not seem like the changes through the years were worth it in terms of efficiency. When the last major upgrade, that introduced panels and ribbons, we chose to buy new software and maintenance subscriptions. Since that time, we have kept up our maintenance subscriptions, but it seems there have been very few upgrades that I would call efficiency impacting and the maintenance cost seems to only pay for fixing Autodesk errors and “bugs”. So, it would be hard to believe that a small company would spend the extra annual money to switch, based on the results we have seen over the last several years. It seems that Autodesk is only pandering to the larger users, and forgetting that every day expenses for software is expensive for small companies. And the idea of being able to have a full package or turn the software on and off is not practical. The learning curve each time is too steep. You are better off just out-sourcing a project to someone that is efficient with the software when the need comes.
Someone with practical experience needs to talk a little sense into Autodesk’s marketing people as the arguments don’t fly. It just feels like Autodesk is getting into our pockets a little deeper and more consistently
I have been using Autocad since it was 2D only on a 286 machine.
They were the giants in the early days with a good marketing scheme.
Today the basic Autocad package is full of bloatware they have tried to make there package please all the different need of the users. There is now 10 different ways to do the same thing, why? With this latest change of switching to a subscription base, pay yearly or loose it.
They have shown there short slightness by letting the accountants take charge.
They have went from visionaries to money grubbers, I will miss Autocad when It’s gone.
There are only two ways the new model makes sense to me. 1) if the software “rental” is a cost you need to identify as a separate “project-related” cost that can be billed directly to the project, or 2) to address a short term need to ramp up employee numbers for a sudden need. That being said I stand in absolute opposition to the idea that the “old” subscription model can’t survive. The thought that AutoDesk can’t figure out how to manage two subscription models is absurd and a slap in the face to whoever they are hoping to maintain as a loyal customer.
I don’t like the new model. it is the same ae doing all the other 3D softwares.
I don’t buy software with susbcription. (even not from Microsoft)..
it is the new sales model of never ending (you buying and paying)
I didn’t like New Licensing system
I can’t say that I agree…with Autodesk’s decision on going to subscriptions. It’s said that it’s “easier” to maintain for Autodesk, not sure how that would be – seems like more work for them which means more money from us, the users. It may start out profitable for them, but I think in the long run, they’re going to loose customers in the long run.
I am actually surprised that until now there is no lawsuit against Autodesk.
How? Autodesk is not the only one who switch to rental system. Adobe did it and successful. The difference is Autodesk software is expensive and the new licensing system is very complicated.