Autodesk move the goalposts: Update rules to change from February 1st

If you’re considering updating your Autodesk software, be warned: from February 1st the rules about which product versions can be upgraded will be changing, and if you decide to wait, you may end up forking out more than you need to. Here’s what you need to know before you hit the ‘buy now’ button…

The current system

Currently, there are two Autodesk upgrade paths. If you’re working on one of the last three versions of your software (those are the 2012, 2011 and 2010 versions), you’re eligible for an upgrade at half the cost of a full seat. If you’re using a version from 2009 or earlier, you’re eligible for a legacy upgrade, which costs 7o% of the price of a new seat – both fairly tidy savings.

From February 1st 2013…

On the 1st of February 2013 Autodesk will implement a new, simpler upgrade programme with only one upgrade path. Anyone on one of the last six versions of their software (2012, 2011, 2010. 2009, 2008 or 2007) will be able to upgrade to the current version for 70% of the cost of a new seat.  Versions of any Autodesk product older than seven years will not be eligible for an upgrade.

If you’re fewer than three versions back, you’re obviously going to be the heaviest hit by this – you could actually end up spending 40% more on your Autodesk upgrade if you miss the February deadline. For example, upgrading to 3ds Max 2013 from 2012, 2011 or 2010 currently costs £1450, but as of Feb 2013 it will cost £2030. Upgrading before the policy change would save you £580.

How to sidestep this kerfuffle entirely

If you want to avoid having to deal with upgrades ever again, opt for an Autodesk subscription. Users with a valid subscription contract get upgrades to new releases of their product free of charge, even if they’re full releases, so you pay a flat yearly fee and that covers all the paid upgrades you need. A 3ds Max subscription costs £495 per year – that’s around a third of the cost of a current upgrade and a quarter of the cost of upgrading after Feb 2013. As well as being cheaper, it’s also a much more predictable cost, as you pay a single fee for your one or three year subscription, then simply pay again to renew it at the end of your contract.

Subscriptions can be added to your Autodesk software when you buy it, or for 30 days after. The start date is always backdated to the day of purchase, so you’ll always have to renew your subscription on the date you originally bought the software. After the 30 day period a subscription can still be added, but you’ll be charged a late fee and your subscription will still be backdated to whenever you bought the software. You still won’t have to worry about upgrades, though…

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