Autodesk CAD and DCC Tools Go Rental Pay As You Go

Autodesk introduces software rental plans

As suspected, after the announcement of the subscription plan for Maya LT, Autodesk revealed that its products and suites will become available under a rental license as well as a purchased perpetual license.

Not only are the plans available for Autodesk Media and Entertainment's packages like its Design and Creation Suites, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, and the new Autodesk Maya LT, but are also available for its CAD and Engineering products such as Revit, AutoCAD and Inventor.

"Our customers wanted more choices and flexibility in how they access our portfolio of design, engineering and entertainment creation tools. We expect rental plans to be attractive across all the industries we serve, especially for freelancers, startups or businesses that are project-based in nature," said Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president of Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. "This model allows customers to compete with the highest quality, industry leading software, while using only what they need when they need it."

Design projects and even studios are becoming more and more project-based with more and more of the people working on them on a freelance or contract basis instead of as employees of the studio. Having affordable subscription rental plans for the tools that artists and designers need should go a long way towards facilitating their being able to have the tools necessary to do their work. The rental service includes the same level of support received by subscription customers, meaning that the rental customer doesn't need to worry about having an old unsupported version of the software or file format incompatibilities induced by using different versions of the software -- which can always be a headache when working with a lot of freelancers. The rental service also includes access so some Autodesk 360 services and basic support.

Availability
The option to purchase a monthly, quarterly or annual rental plan will be available starting now. New rental plans apply to products including Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya LT. Availability varies by country. For more information, visit http://www.autodesk.com/pay-as-you-go .

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  • As an Engineer living outside of the US, I have to say Autodesk has some of the most outrageously priced softwares out there. Unless you work in a company that can get you a copy, buying it is simply not an option.
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  • The subscription plans are the most effective way to drain the wallets of consumers - and the software company doesn't have to offer a real upgrade every so often to justify increasing their prices. As we are seeing with Adobe CS6, the company is making minor upgrades to the software while still charging their exorbitant monthly premium. But the situation presents a great opportunity for competing products - a lot of companies and individual users take the time to do the math and realize that the subscription plans are a total rip off - and are looking for alternative solutions. Many companies and users don't even need or use the multiple "new features" that many programs offer - and those additions are made mostly to sell the upgraded version of the program, not because they offer a new indispensable tool that users were clamoring for. The programs become so bloated and big - many offering features that no user would ever use in their life time - but still paying an outrageous price for the software.
    The advantage of those professional programs is mostly the support - unlike the apps sold on iTunes that require upgrades several times a week because of the extremely high number of bugs (so much for the mythical "higher quality in that walled garden" ) - those programs are very stable and functional - but even then their costs are inflated several times simply because they have set a standard and users believe they are getting the best for their money. Shopping around takes time but alternatives are out there - and present an actual viable solution without having to spend a fortune on a subscription plan.
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  • As a designer that uses Autodesk Inventor for 10 hours a day, everyday, I implore anyone that is looking for 3D design software to look elsewhere. It is the most unstable, click-happy, time-wasting pile of crap I have ever used. Go with PTC (Pro/E - Creo) or Dassault Systems (Catia / SolidWorks). Screw Autodesk and their overpriced junk software and maintenance costs! You guys make my daily life miserable!
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