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Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 8:34:56 PM | Autodesk Subscriptions! Maintain or not?!?!?!?



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We are using Revit 2012.

I am curious about how many Architects maintain an uptodate ongoing Subscription Status with their Revit software?  The only value that I have seen from the subscription is you can render in the cloud and you get each update automatically.  (The technical support has been lame when needed and not often needed.  Most of our problems get solved at places like this.) We have not seen the software improvements that justify the expense.

Autodesk likes to threaten that they will charge all of the subscription costs you have avoided AND a late charge when you finally decide to upgrade, but, to me, that is a "gun to the head" that just makes me mad.  If their "improved" software was so great, we should be eager to pay the cost for the improvements.  Failing on that note, they have to create another way to "encourage" you to pay them lots of money on a regular basis.

We have gone without a Subscription for a year and a half and have not missed it at all.  My assumption is that when it comes time for us to want to upgrade, we will find a reseller who will waive the late fee and we will just pay the money then that we didn't pay before on an annual basis.  I also suspect, if the amount is high enough, that switching to a Revit competitor will be justifiable.  THAT should also hold the cost down.

Are we crazy?

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Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 8:41:39 PM | Autodesk Subscriptions! Maintain or not?!?!?!?



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We subscribe - have over 20 seats. 

I think the subscription is well worth the cost and we don't render in the cloud.

Unlike you, we have had pretty good technical support.  Our IT guy has worked with them several times on installation problems.  And we have sent a couple of files in for them to repair.  << Just one of those late in the project is worth the money.  That was just a day turn-around.


Good luck on what you think you can do when upgrading.

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Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:38:22 AM | Autodesk Subscriptions! Maintain or not?!?!?!?



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Check out Autodesk Showcase and Augmented Reality. This will be a must for client presenations in the future. Showcase comes with your subcription. All lot of the advantages of subscription is for things that companies have to actively seek to develope into their workflow.  But I 100% understand your reasoning. If you are not involved in a lot of company to company collaborations then you should be fine. For me, the pay a liitle now rather than a lot later just to maintain upto date current software is well worth the subscription cost ($86.12 a month) to have my own personal license. If what your are doing works for your company BIM implemetation then I say fine and Good Luck


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