Changes to the Subscription Program

Jul 06, 2009

The Subscription program, as run by Autodesk, entitles license holders to various benefits, such as new versions, bonus packs, training tutorials, and support. In addition to these benefits, Subscription provides a means of predicting software costs as a yearly expense, instead of the periodic upgrade whose cost is an unknown. Some products, such as Civil 3D, operate solely by Subscription; in other words, there are no upgrades, just payment of subscription fees now or later.

Autodesk has recently announced some changes to how this program will work. Essentially, the main change regards the cost of getting back onto Subscription after letting it lapse. Up until this point in time, you have been able to get back onto Subscription by paying past Subscription renewals, and a small late fee. This is analogous to purchasing an upgrade after several years, as opposed to yearly upgrades.
Starting on April 15, 2010, getting back onto Subscription, will mean purchasing an upgrade at 50% of retail value of a new license. This cost will be the same whether you missed renewal by a month, or are trying to catch up for three years of lapsed Subscription. Clearly, this change will mean added expense to get older versions of software up-to-date, so it is our recommendation that you take the next 10 months to get as many licenses back onto a Subscription contract as you can to avoid future increased costs.

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