by Rich Sanchez, June 11, 2015

Maintenance Subscription Program

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I know it’s only my second post but we’re going to do something a little different this time. I recently hosted a webcast detailing the benefits of Autodesk Maintenance Subscription and I thought that this might be a topic worth discussing here.


So what exactly is Maintenance Subscription? Well the quick answer to that is, it’s the best way to protect your investment and ensure that you always have the most up to date software. But there’s more to it than that.



Maintenance Subscription users get access to newest versions of their software as soon as it is released and depending on the title there are also subscription only releases throughout the year. This means that you’ll always have access to the newest tools whether you simply want to take advantage of that awesome new feature, increase productivity or budget your upgrade costs this benefit is key!



Flexible licensing rights? What does that mean?

There’s three things to remember here:

• Previous Version Year Rights

• Home Use Rights

• Global Use Rights

With Previous Version Rights you have access to either the most current version of your software OR if you need it up to three version years back. For example the current release for all titles is 2016, if you were a Maintenance Subscription user you would have access all the way back to 2013. This can be especially important if your organization uses other tools that might not support the newest version or if you’re working with a customer or vendor that is using an older or legacy version of the software. (remember, AutoCAD is the only title that can save to a prior version format but that’s a discussion for another article.)

Like most users today I’ve done my fair share of work after hours or at home, and we all know what a hassle it can be to borrow a license or have to lug your office machine home with you. Well with home use rights we don’t have to worry about that because all Maintenance Subscription users have access to a secondary license that can be installed on a separate machine (for non-concurrent use, of course). So feel free to schedule that vacation, you can work from the beach!

Global Use Rights? Most users don’t realize that the End User License Agreement (EULA) which we all read diligently before clicking “I Agree” prohibits use of software outside of the country in which it was acquired unless of course the intent to use it elsewhere was specified at the time of purchase. This benefit allows software to be used for up to 90 days outside of the territory of origin.



Cloud benefits are something that every user can and should take advantage of. To start with every named Maintenance Subscription user gets 25 GB of storage space on A360, in short this is 25 GB of space for sharing/transferring files, and collaborating (for a more detailed explanation see my last post).

We’re not done yet, you also get 100 cloud credits (again per named user). These credits can be used for cloud based Rendering, Energy Analysis, or Structural Analysis. Remember that since this is a per user benefit, so it’s 100 credit per user not company. Take advantage of the power of the cloud and give your machine a break. Unfortunately, this does mean that “render time” is no longer an acceptable excuse for leaving early or a long lunch…



You can also rest assured that you have the support of Autodesk’s trained product specialists. Contact Autodesk Technical Support with installation, configuration, or usability issues. Monitor your support cases with web-based tracking and monitoring, And gain access to the Autodesk Knowledge Network, subscriber only newsletters, and other communications.


Users that have a Design Suite Subscription Plan in place get an added benefit, access to Fusion 360. If you’re not familiar with it, Fusion 360 is a great cloud based product development tool. Capable of parametric, direct, free-form, and mesh modeling. It also has a built-in assembly modeling environment that supports joint and motion studies so that you can test your design before you build them. That’s not all, Fusion 360 also supports and translates over 50 different CAD files types allowing you work cross platform, has a 3D printing utility, and an integrated CAM tool which means that you can either export your design directly to a 3D printer or generate your tool paths and g-code.

Because Fusion 360 is cloud based it also has some great collaboration and data management tools. Share projects with others and you can view, comment, and edit through the software, a web browser, or your smart phone. Built in version management means you can always travel back in time (to a previous design iteration that is). And since your data is automatically stored in the cloud you don’t have to worry about losing data and sharing files with other members of the team is easier than ever.

The Maintenance Subscription program, it is the best way to protect your investment, but as you can see its also your gateway to a host of valuable added benefits. Thank you for reading, please let me know what you think below.

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