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Autodesk has figured out its workaround for your plan: if you are on maintenance (that's the annual subscription you pay with permanent licenses to get upgrades and support included), if you ever go off maintenance, you can never get back on. Once off maintenance, your options are: - stay off forever. - switch to making those annual subscription payments, which are designed to be more expensive than maintenance.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on No Pay, No Play at WorldCAD Access
To answer your question: "Every time you open the software will it check online the license?" Yes. In fact, it does this already -- as of AutoCAD 2015, to the best of my knowledge.
There are two sets of numbers and two sets of sources discussed here. Mr Eden refers to the number of new subscribers from all sources, using a press release from Autodesk as his reference. This is fair. This blog entry, however, discusses a somewhat different topic, specifically a subset of those new subscribers -- those who were permanent license holders -- and quotes Mr Bass as its source. (We always provide a link to the original source material so that our readers are able to check the context for themselves.)
This article may help you move back to normal Windows: "How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade" by PC World
0.9% switch Autodesk is on an adrenalin-fueled rush to complete a two-prong change of its entire business that affects customers negatively: Customers will only be allowed to pay repeatedly for using the software; no pay, no play Customers will only... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
No More GWX! A reader writes: Ralph, here is shocker that I got this past week. I put my laptop in sleep mode during the middle of the day and then later that night I looked at the screen to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #902 by Ralph Grabowski with Brian Rohde Exact modeling (or precise modeling) kernels have been used for over 30 years. "Much of the world we live in has been designed with these precise or b-rep [boundary representation] modelers," said... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at upFront.eZine News Archives
M.I.A. (Missing In Announcements) Autodesk's big three CAD packages are AutoCAD (general design work), Inventor (mechanical design), and Revit (architectural design). Autodesk's executives have repeatedly stated their plan to eventually become all-cloud all the time. Two of the big three... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WorldCAD Access
Issue #899 From the Editor This week I am in Chicago for the Vectorworks Design Summit, being held Monday-Wednesday at the Fairmont Hotel, Millennium Park. I plan to blog live from the event on WorldCAD Access, and then report more... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
No, M.2 SSDs cannot be used in this model of computer. It uses the SATA interface.
Pointing to folders A reader writes: I am trying to transition the AutoCAD users [at my firm] to BricsCAD and would like to run a "mixed" environment until I am certain I can pull the plug on AutoCAD. Before I... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #900! To celebrate the 900th issue of upFront.eZine and its 21st anniversary, I went back two decades -- back, back into our archives to see what was being reported by a one-year-old upFront.eZine in 1996. At the end of... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Storefront for Art and Architecture OK, here we are back in the Imperial ballroom of the Fairmont hotel, downtown Chicago, for day 2 of the Vectorworks user conference. The keynote speaker is Eva Franch, who, it appears to me, combines... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Destination Chicago Museum of Art Chicago skyline at night, looking across Millennium Park Inside the art museum, admiring the work of the Impressionists Inside the hall, inside the museum, in which the party was held, with a live jazz band,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Here are some images provided by Vectorworks about new features. First, an image of what the new Resource Manager looks like: And here are the things available for free (on the left) and additional features available to subscribers: Links to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Resource Manager. Access models and parts from many sources, view information about them, search for them by name, and organize them into folders (applause for this last item) through drag and drop (more applause). More Beam Functions -- aka structural... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Day 1 Alight, here we are, awaiting the start of the keynote address by new CEO Biplab Sarkar. He was the previous CTO, being at Vectorworks for 16 years, taking on work like integrating Parasolid into the software. Before this,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Live from Chicago This being my first time at a Vectorworks user conference, what's it like? (Previously I was at press-specific events hosted by Vectorworks.) Well, we have about 600 users here from a lot of countries. At yesterday evening's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
You can download your models in a non-intelligent form, such as STEP (I think).
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2016 on Seven flaws in Onshape today at WorldCAD Access
They can't agree The executives of stock-funded CAD vendors need to roll in increasing revenues to satisfy Wall Street, enhance the value of shares, make shareholders happier, and subsequently keep their jobs. One way to increase profits in a mature... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
It's not Dassault or Autodesk PTC ceo James Heppelmann this week answered a question from a financial analyst about the company's changing head count: I know that maybe behind your question, there's questions like, "Are we spending enough money on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
XDesign leads the way In his response to a financial analyst during yesterday's Q2 conference all, Dassault Systems ceo Bernard Charlès controversially claimed to be the only vendor doing CAD on mobile devices, browsers, and any operating system. Perhaps I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #898 by Ralph Grabowski with Rob Kaczmarek Convergent Science, founded in 1997 by a group of PhD students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, kept a low profile in Europe for the next 20 years. I'll explain why you may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives
Better living through more acronyms James Heppelmann, ceo of PTC, talked this week about how he sees IoT [Internet of things] working with AR [augmented reality], CAD, and PLM: We're going to bring to market a technology we demonstrated at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at WorldCAD Access
Issue #897 Our issue on Coming October 1: Autodesk's Future is Different (upFront.eZine #894) was the most-read one over the last 12 months. And so we got a lot of letters from readers, which we share with you here. A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at upFront.eZine News Archives