We cover licensing changes, new features, tips & tricks, and a contest to win a trip for 2 to Autodesk University in Las Vegas!
We used to go to the mall to browse the many software boxes on the shelf. Today, most software purchases are done online. And in many cases, software is no longer available in a perpetual version. Enter the world of subscription licensing.
AutoCAD 2017 is now on a subscription licensing model
Autocad joined the ranks of this new model: you pay to use the software for a given period and have to renew in order to continue to use the product. The advantages are many. Users get access to the latest product updates, upgrades and brand new versions without having to migrate or reinstall the software. Everything is taken care of automatically – as long as the subscription remains in force. Similarly, all maintenance is covered by the subscription, and licensing administration becomes an easy matter. So it’s no surprise that Autodesk has transitioned over to the subscription model for AutoCAD 2017.
What does it mean for existing licenses? The simple answer…
The days of AutoCAD being sold with a perpetual license are now over. No longer is it possible to pay a large upfront fee to own the software outright. Subscription is the only way to use the product, with monthly, quarterly and annual renewal options available. The good news is that this makes it easier to access your software and stay up-to-date. Multi-year discounts of 5% on 2 year, 10% on 3 year subscriptions are also available (just ask your Softchoice rep for more details).
The simple answer is this: Those with perpetual licenses and current maintenance plans will continue to receive product updates as long as the maintenance agreement remains in force. Those with perpetual licenses but no maintenance plan, however, will not be able to receive updates or renew the maintenance contract. But they can continue to use the software version they originally purchased.
Of course, it may not be that straightforward in your specific case – but all eventualities have been taken care of in the new subscription model. The best solution is to contact your Softchoice Autodesk representative Don Goddard to get your questions answered. He can explain the various options and help you ascertain the best path forward. Further, he can audit your existing licenses to provide full visibility into your management. This is a vital aspect of determining how best to manage old licenses and procure new ones.
What you can do right now
Your Software Autodesk expert can rapidly pull up your asset report and help you find the best way to stay compliant – and it’s far easier than going through the Autodesk audit process. In addition, this service can help you visualize where you may require hardware or other software upgrades to reap the most benefit from AutoCAD 2017. System requirements include Windows 7 or higher, 1 GHz or better CPU, at least 2 GB of memory with more recommended, and at least 6 GB of free disk space.
Notable new features in AutoCAD 2017 (please share with end users)
But it isn’t merely an administrative change. AutoCAD 2017 offers a wealth of new features such as PDF import, centerline editing, design publishing, migration of previous settings and the ability to send models to a 3D printer.
These and many others changes are featured in a great new Tips and Tricks guide from AutoCAD expert Lynn Allen which is available to Softchoice clients by clicking the thumbnail on the right, and entering just your email.
For example, Allen lays out exactly how to import geometry from a PDF document directly into a current drawing as AutoCAD objects. She gives a simple 1-2-3 rundown on how to achieve this in a few clicks. She also zeroes in on associative centerlines and center marks. This feature saves designers a lot of time. Once centerlines are created, they remain associated with selected lines within the drawing. In other words, if you move or scale the associated objects, the centerlines and center marks update accordingly. Further, they can be adjusted, disassociated and re-centered as desired.
Yet another great feature of AutoCAD 2017 is Share Design View. Using the cloud, designers can now share designs, collaborate online and have any changes synced in real time. Stakeholders viewing the design can even view drawings without having an AutoCAD-based product on their system. Allen’s guide lays out the details of how to use these new tools.
While there are many more features that could be explained, there is only time to cover one more – smooth migration. Allen says you can utilize the Migrate Custom Settings tool to migrate settings and files from a previous release to AutoCAD 2017. Additionally, you can access this feature from the Windows Start menu.
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