Over the next few years Autodesk will be transitioning new software purchases to Subscription based options only.

Autodesk’s recent advice on this transition seems to have caused confusion for some.


How does Desktop Subscription effect you?

  1. For users with perpetual licenses with current Maintenance Subscription, the existing process will remain unchanged.
    Subscription benefits for perpetual licenses will continue as long as subscription is current for the foreseeable future.
    Crossgrades to Suite products (eg AutoCAD to Building Design Suite) will still be available.
  1. For users with perpetual licenses without Maintenance Subscription, upgrades to current versions are no longer available.
  1. Users will be able to purchase perpetual licenses of certain products until the dates outlined below.
    Only Desktop Subscription licenses will be available for these products after these dates.
    Exceptions are the Design and Entertainment Creation Suites which will be available as perpetual or desktop subscription licenses.


What are the benefits of Desktop Subscription?

Desktop Subscription gives you access to Autodesk software – the same full version you get with a perpetual license – but with a flexible, pay-as-you-go approach for a software budget that’s easier to manage.

Low cost of entry and access to the latest tools make it easy to ramp up/scale down according to changing business needs.

Features include:

  • Annual, quarterly and monthly Desktop Subscription is available across the product range, including suites.
  • Desktop Subscription licenses will provide the same functionality as perpetual licenses, and in a network environment will be able to extend the number of networked licenses being shared from the network server.
  • Previous version use will be provided.


When will purchase of perpetual licenses cease?

  1. On June 7, 2015, Autodesk discontinued the sale of new perpetual licenses for the LT family of products: AutoCAD LT, Revit LT, AutoCAD Revit LT Suite, Inventor LT, AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite …
  2. From January 31, 2016, Autodesk will discontinue the sale of new perpetual licenses of most non-suite versions of products such as AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, Revit Architecture, Inventor,  …
  3. From July 31, 2016, Autodesk will discontinue the sale of new perpetual licenses of most Design and Creation Suites such as AutoCAD Design Suite, Building Design Suite, Product Design Suite, Entertainment Creation Suite,  …


Sample pricing:

Product                    Perpetual     + MSubs                   DTSubs(A)       DTSubs(Q)      DTSubs(M)
AutoCAD LT                      1775              275                                530                    200                      65
AutoCAD Revit LT Suite  2375              335                                710                    265                      90
AutoCAD                            5925              860                             2370                    890                    295
BDSPremium                     9600            1440                             3840                  1440                    480

MSubs – annual maintenance subscription

DTSubs – desktop subscription (A – annual, Q – quarterly, M – monthly)


More information about subscription changes


For more information about Desktop Subscription refer to http://www.autodesk.com.au/subscription/desktop or call us.


Digital Vision Designs is pleased to announce a merger with Civil Survey Solutions.


Please view the Home Page for the full announcement and details.


David Hind, based in Hobart, will continue to work with all Tasmanian customers providing the personal account management you have experienced over the past years. David can be contacted at david.hind@civilsurveysolutions.com.au and 0417 502 402.