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.
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 .