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Wed, May 25, 2016 at 9:32:05 PM | Revit Subscriptions




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Our company is about to renew our licenses. We have 11 architects, 5 civil, 4 mechanical, 4 electrical engineers and one spare station, total 25 stations, all have Building Design Suite Premium.

Here are my questions:

1. Should we have network licenses or stand alone? The pros & cons?

2. As my understanding, we cannot have perpetual licenses after 2017, then how many versions can we keep in each station? This mainly related to Revit, since it is not backward compatible, we would like to keep all current projects on 2015 for example, and newer projects on 2016 or 2017, and not go through the upgrade process in the middle of a project. If we keep 3 versions in each station, does that increase the cost?

3. Should we subscribe through the local vendor or Autodesk directly? Pros & cons in term of price and services?

All suggestions are welcome!

Edited on: Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:38:18 AM

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Thu, May 26, 2016 at 1:40:02 AM | Revir Subscriptions




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my understanding is if you have a perpetual license you can still maintain that, pay yearly for upgrades, or bail out and stay on your current version and use forever..

maintenance subscription also entitles you to use up to 3 prior versions during the subs period.

if you fall for the offer of  converting perpetual license to  desktop subscription, when times up, times up ! ie no pay, no play.


but i stand to be corrected.

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Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:55:37 AM | Revir Subscriptions




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This is in part a venting of my frustration, but I believe it’s a valid point…Perhaps the question you should be asking is what the heck is Autodesk’s business model going to be like tomorrow? I just received notification from the Vice President of Consumer Engagement about Autodesk’s newest:  Autodesk Industry Collections” which will end the sale of Autodesk Design & Creation Suites – this, after just recently announcing an end to the “Perpetual License” – which I enjoyed for many years. In the email, Mr. Wright urged me to purchase as much as I can right now – before it’s too late. Geez, the ink hasn’t even dried on the check I just sent them for a 3-year renewal!!!  My suggestion to you: do what I’m going to do on or before July 31st: subscribe to as many years forward as affordable. Worst case scenario: it’s a transferrable asset. But then again, Term and Agreements seem to change with the wind, so better look into that.

P.S. Don’t know if there’s a significant price difference between purchasing direct or through a vendor, but I’ve always gone through a vendor. And, I got to give a big shout out to Zack at CAD Masters (my vendor) for recently helping me troubleshoot an issue. I had submitted a support case to Autodesk – marked as “Critical” – but in the 7 days it took Autodesk to respond, Zack of CAD Masters had resolved his customer’s issue – at no charge to me.

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Thu, May 26, 2016 at 9:10:46 AM | Revit Subscriptions




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Thanks for both!

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