I’ve been waiting and hoping for this to happen for awhile now. For the past few months it’s been possible to do a monthly, quarterly, or annual rental of the AutoCAD Revit LT suite. I was looking at their site this morning, and see that now they offer a rental of the Building Design Suite as well! While this is not the ideal path long term (the break-even point compared to standard purchase plus subscription is about 19 months), this is a great solution for a small business trying to build capital or a company needing to do some temporary hiring to meet a staffing need for a large project.
I’ll post links below, but here are my takeaway points after reading through the FAQ:
- Standalone Named User license only – no Network license.
- Program is a local install, not the cloud version.
- Cloud credits are provided, and more may be purchased.
- There are no previous version rights, because no previous versions have been available on rental. The wording in the FAQ makes that sound like 2014 will be available as a previous version using rental plans once 2015 is released.
The main rental page: http://www.autodesk.com/buy/rental-plans
Building Design Suite (Standard, Premium, and Ultimate available): http://www.autodesk.com/suites/building-design-suite/buy
And of course, the FAQ: http://static.autodesk.net/content/dam/autodesk/www/docs/pdf/autodesk-rental-plans-faq.pdf