Low up-front cost, access to the latest updates and prior versions of Desktop Subscription software, 1-on-1 web support, flexible licensing, and more. (video: 1:19 min.)


The ways we design and build the world are changing rapidly, which is also changing the tools we use and the ways companies and individuals buy and access software.


Autodesk is gradually transitioning new software purchases for our products to subscription options only. In the first phase of this transition, new seats of individual desktop software products, excluding Design and Creation Suites, will generally be available only as a Desktop Subscription after Jan 31, 2016.


Desktop Subscription products provide a simplified product management and deployment experience, and make it easier to introduce new tools and technology into the workflow with lower upfront cost and the ability to pay as you go. Desktop Subscription is available as monthly, quarterly, or annual plans.  Autodesk will introduce 2-year and 3-year multi-year Desktop Subscription plans in March 2015.


Our customers have long asked for greater flexibility and more value from their software investments, and the shift to subscription allows Autodesk to deliver both, as well as an improved user experience and access to a broader portfolio of technology. Autodesk plans to continually innovate and improve Desktop Subscription products to more tightly integrate them with Autodesk cloud services, and reduce file compatibility issues.


Customers that already have a perpetual license or who purchase a perpetual license through Jan 31, 2016, will be able to continue to use those licenses.  Customers with Maintenance Subscription on those perpetual licenses will continue to receive corresponding benefits for as long as the subscription remains active.


Throughout this period, Autodesk and our partners will work with customers to make this transition as smooth as possible (and to deal with exceptional situations accordingly), and will provide as much advance notice as possible so that customers can anticipate and plan for these changes. The following information has been prepared to address any questions, and we will continue to update this site as we progress throughout the transition.



Q1. What is Desktop Subscription? Does Desktop Subscription use the cloud to store applications and data?


Desktop Subscription gives access to Autodesk software—the same full version as with a perpetual license—but with a flexible, pay-as-you-go approach for a software budget that’s easier to manage. Desktop Subscription provides benefits such as Basic Support, access to the latest software and product enhancements, and in some cases, access to select cloud services.  The desktop software application delivered through Desktop Subscription as well as associated user data continue to be stored on a local machine, and any usage of Autodesk cloud services is optional.



Q2. What products are affected?


Autodesk plans to discontinue the sale of new perpetual licenses in all countries globally where Autodesk software is available for most individual desktop software products.  This affects the following products:

•3ds Max®

•3ds Max® with Softimage®

•Alias® AutoStudio

•Alias® Concept

•Alias® SpeedForm

•Alias® Surface


•AutoCAD® Architecture

•AutoCAD® Inventor LT™ Suite

•AutoCAD LT®

•AutoCAD LT® Civil Suite

•AutoCAD® for Mac®

•AutoCAD LT® for Mac®

•AutoCAD® Electrical

•AutoCAD® Map 3D

•AutoCAD® Mechanical


•AutoCAD® P&ID

•AutoCAD® Plant 3D

•AutoCAD® Raster Design

•AutoCAD® Revit LT™ Suite

•AutoCAD® Utility Design

•AutoCAD® Civil 3D®

•Fabrication CADmep™

 •Fabrication CAMduct™

•Fabrication ESTmep™

•HSMWorks Premium

•HSMWorks Professional

•Inventor HSM™

•Inventor HSM™ Pro


•Inventor LT™

•Inventor® Professional


•Maya LT™

•Maya® with Softimage®

•Motion Builder®


•Navisworks® Simulate

•Navisworks® Manage

•Point Layout

•Revit® Architecture

•Revit LT™

•Revit® Structure

•River and Flood Analysis


•Structural Bridge Design

•Vehicle Tracking



Q3. Does this affect existing software purchased under a perpetual license?


No, if a customer already has a perpetual license or purchases a new perpetual license at any time through Jan 31, 2016, that license doesn't go away.  They still retain the perpetual license to that software and can continue to use it in accordance with their perpetual license agreement. If the software product is covered by Maintenance Subscription, they will also continue to receive their Maintenance Subscription benefits.



Q4. How will this change impact Maintenance Subscription customers?


Customers with current Maintenance Subscription contracts on Jan 31, 2016, will retain the option to renew Maintenance Subscription for the affected products (and receive corresponding benefits).   The elimination of perpetual licenses only impacts the ability to make new purchases of new perpetual licenses.


Current Maintenance Subscription customers who need additional licenses will have the option to purchase network licenses on subscription and share these licenses on a network server with previously purchased perpetual network licenses. This option gives customers the ability to continue to receive subscription benefits such as software updates and usage flexibility and share their existing perpetual licenses and subscription based licenses on a network server.  See the longer FAQ available at the bottom of this page for more information about “network subscription.”



Q5. How will Autodesk ease this transition for customers?


Autodesk is doing several things to make the transition to Desktop Subscription as smooth as possible for customers:

•Providing the time needed to assess options and make plans by providing a full year of advance notice of changes to come

•Allowing Maintenance Subscribers to continue to renew their Maintenance Subscriptions and receive/access the benefits of their Maintenance Subscription

•Making Autodesk Account the one place to manage all of your products, subscriptions and services

•Providing the ability to lock in your subscription rate by introducing the option of a multi-year Desktop Subscription offering

•Continuing to offer Autodesk Design and Creation Suites as a perpetual license





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