Autodesk Perpetual Licensing Changes

Updated: June 1, 2015



The changes is Making

For many individual desktop software products, Autodesk will end the sale of new perpetual licenses after January 31, 2016. Customers who have a perpetual license for an individual product, or who purchase a perpetual license before Jan 31, 2016, will be able to continue to use that license. Customers who have a perpetual license with Maintenance Subscription will receive software updates and corresponding benefits for as long as the subscription remains active. Desktop Subscription is available as monthly, quarterly, one, two and three-year plans.  We will continue to innovate and improve Desktop Subscription products so they more tightly integrate with Autodesk cloud services, and reduce file compatibility issues.


Autodesk commitment

Throughout this period, Autodesk and our partners will work with customers to make this transition from perpetual licenses to Desktop Subscription as smooth as possible, and to deal with exceptional situations accordingly. We will provide as much advance notice as we can so that people can anticipate and plan for these changes. Pl


Why Autodesk is making these changes

How we design and build the world is changing rapidly, which in turn is changing the tools we use and the ways companies and individuals buy and access software. Customers have long asked for greater flexibility and more value from their software, and the shift to Desktop Subscription allows Autodesk to deliver both. With Desktop Subscription you get a simplified product management and deployment experience. Plus, it's easier to introduce new tools or a greater number of seats into a project with lower upfront cost and the ability to pay as you go.



Commonly asked Questions


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:

•Autodesk® 3ds Max®

•Autodesk® 3ds Max® with Softimage®

•Autodesk® AutoCAD®

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® for Mac®

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Inventor LT™ Suite

•Autodesk® AutoCAD LT®

•Autodesk® AutoCAD LT® for Mac®

•Autodesk® AutoCAD LT® Civil Suite

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Electrical

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Mechanical

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® MEP

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® P&ID

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Plant 3D

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Raster Design

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit LT™ Suite

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Utility Design

•Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D®

•Autodesk® Fabrication CADmep™

•Autodesk® Fabrication CAMduct™

•Autodesk® Fabrication ESTmep™

•Autodesk® HSMWorks Premium

 •HSMWorks Professional

•Autodesk® Inventor HSM™

•Autodesk® Inventor HSM™ Pro

•Autodesk® Inventor®

•Autodesk® Inventor LT™

•Autodesk® Inventor® Professional

•Autodesk® Maya®

•Autodesk® Maya LT™

•Autodesk® Maya® with Softimage®

•Autodesk® Motion Builder®

•Autodesk® Mudbox®

•Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate

•Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage

•Autodesk® Point Layout

•Autodesk® Revit® Architecture

•Autodesk® Revit LT™

•Autodesk® Revit MEP™

•Autodesk® Revit® Structure

•Autodesk® River and Flood Analysis

•Autodesk® Showcase®

•Autodesk® Structural Bridge Design

•Autodesk® 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.

Customers that need to add licenses to an existing network server deployment will have the option to purchase additional network term licenses as part of an upcoming “network subscription” option. Please review the Network Subscription FAQ for more information about the upcoming “network subscription” option.


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.


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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