So what is the Autodesk Subscription? A subscription to a magazine or newsletter? Over £200 is a bit pricey just for that – there’s much, much more to this subscription and, after reading this, you’ll be taking subscription with all your Autodesk purchases.
Having subs means that Autodesk’s doors are opened to you; you’ll enjoy a wide range of support, training material, simplified licence management, and free copies of the latest release of the software during your subscription period (Autodesk usually release 2 versions a year, and with your subscription the latest update is sent out to you for free, saving thousands on upgrading!).
They’re the basics, now here’s a bit of a break down:
- Improved Productivity – Autodesk release new versions and product extensions on average twice a year. These upgrades are usually only obtained via a bought upgrade, HOWEVER they’re sent out free to subscription customers during their contract.
- Product Extensions – Product extensions are little extra add-ons, like a complete new plug-in for the product. These extensions are only available to subscription members.
- E-Learning – There is a vast number of online resources and e-learning material available exclusively to subs members. This ranges from the very basic, to full-on advanced features, not to mention guides on how to create certain effects, materials, models etc. And, if you can’t find something out, you can ask an Autodesk Expert who will get back to you via email.
- Direct Support – Allows you to ask questions and gain help from Autodesk and industry Experts.
- Dedicated Subscription Centre – You also use the Subscription Centre to view coverage and renewal reports, update your contact information and learn about exclusive subscriber-only offers such as free access to Autodesk University Online.
- Simplified Licence management – online access to manage your licenses, and also give you budget prediction and expenditure in advance.
If you purchase an Autodesk product, the exclusive extensions are amazing additions to the software, eg. Maya has just had “Muscle” released which is a great tool for animators to ease the creation of life-like skin motion with muscle and skin deformation tools, jiggle functionality, paintable weighting and muscle sculpting options. It all sounds great and it’s features like this that a lot of Maya users will benefit from.