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Rent. That. Revit!

In AutoCAD Architecture, CAD / BIM Manager, Revit on September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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

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Waste and Sadness

In General on July 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

The recent change in the way the Autodesk discussion groups are accessed is a complete and total waste.  I said I would give it a fair shake, and I have.  As someone I respect said, “A wasted day in your life is more than a crime.”  Well, I’ve wasted enough of my time.  I’ve taken a look at a forum system I use occasionally, and the difference in usability is staggering.  It would waste even more time to go through a point-by-point comparison, but I feel I can safely say that:

This is to this

as

This is to this.

If you like your critiques to be a bit more detailed, head on over to blog nauseam, where Steve Johnson lays it out decently.

As a final point, major kudos to the Lithium marketing team – you’re doing it right.

Shark Jumping

In General on June 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

Here is my general Autodesk rant of the day.

I used to really like the Autodesk forums.  I enjoyed knowing that I had input that would help others, and having a place to go where I could get answers when I couldn’t figure something out on my own.  Well, with the discontinuation of NNTP access we are stuck with the “new and improved” web version.  I think

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Let me tell ya, Sonny

In General on May 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

When I was your age, we had to…  Oh, wait, this isn’t my personal blog.  Well, since we’re on the subject:

Autodesk has made the “difficult” decision to discontinue NNTP support for their discussion forums.  I have used various newsreaders over the past decade(-ish) to contribute to and glean from these forums.  For some reason, Read the rest of this entry »