Cadsourcing, Autodesk discuss license renewal terms, new collections

    By Arnold Florentino, IT Specialist


    Cadsourcing Inc. is a company dedicated in helping clients from around the world with their drafting needs. That said, it is integral for the company to stay ahead of the curve, technology-wise, in order to be able to provide nothing the best output when it comes to quality computer-aided design.


    With this in mind, Cadsourcing recently met with Autodesk Inc. to discuss several matters. The meeting tackled Autodesk’s “perpetual license,” license renewal and some of Autodesk’s software collections. According to an online description, “Autodesk is an American multinational software corporation that makes software services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education and entertainment industries.” Cadsourcing is one such company in need of Autodesk’s software, utilizing them for its numerous projects.


    During the said meeting, representatives of Autodesk shared that its “perpetual license” deal will be phased out by next year as the company will move on to promoting other new initiatives. According to its website, “the purchase of new licenses is now available only by subscription. In addition, the option to cross grade to any of the affected products was discontinued when [Autodesk] stopped selling new perpetual licenses.”


    They tackled with Cadsourcing the would-be effects of the phasing out, and discussed more about their new products. Fortunately for Cadsourcing, this development does very little to disrupt its operations as the company is not operating Autodesk software under perpetual licenses.


    However, both companies went on with the meeting to explore more what Autodesk brought to the table, specifically, the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection and the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection.


    A package that can be considered the future for drafting, the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection features the following software: Autodesk Revit, Civil 3D, InfraWorks®, Navisworks®, ReCapPro, Fabrication CADmep, Advance Steel, Insight, Revit®  Live, FormIt Pro, Robot Structural Analysis Professional, Vehicle Tracking, Autodesk Rendering, Autodesk Drive and AutoCAD Specialized Toolset.


    Meanwhile, the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection features the following software: Inventor, Inventor Nastran, Inventor CAM, Inventor nesting, Inventor Tolerance Analysis, Factory Design Utilities, Fusion 360, Navisworks Manage, ReCap™ Pro, Vault, Autodesk Rendering, Autodesk Drive and AutoCAD Specialized Toolset. 


    While the collections have indeed plenty to offer, Cadsourcing decided to only acquire the licenses for the specific software it deems necessary for operations. The decision is a practical one. Besides the high-cost of acquiring one or both of the featured Autodesk collections, Cadsourcing, at this point, does not need all the other software the collections are bundled with.

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