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"CAD subscription only, is a very bad business decision. It is like getting married to someone you can't control and almost impossible to divorce after a few years."
I just found out lately that PTC joined Autodesk with subscription only. You are not trapped into a CAD system. Many have suffered with both of these companies due to our legacy data. But the industry has changed since you decided on your CAD software. Most don't realize there are other options. This is the time to take a look.
This is the biggest fraud played on our industry! It is not that you or your company are obviously locked into one program, forever, it is that your engineering legacy is locked there too!! Beware! Your future "will" be a horror show. This one fact outweighs any benefits they tout! It truly only benefits Autodesk and PTC! There is no incentive for them to enhance the product. There will be no innovation, the research will stop with the marginal product they are today. Sadly, there is little you can do with the de facto CAD standard that all the major CAD products share. There is a huge danger of them raising the Subscription price. What are you going to do. You are stuck paying what ever they want to charge. No one in their right mind would trust anyone of these huge CAD vendors.
As we ponder on this situation you have to ask one question:
Why not just offer a rental option?
They surely had to see the problems by locking the user into a lifetime contract?
The answer if obvious, there are not enough enhancements to keep the folks buying the maintenance or upgrades. But that is true for all of the popular CAD packages. Soon all will be downsizing to the stockholders disappointment. Everyone has CAD and they will soon realize the maintenance is not worth it. They cannot depend on the user to be stupid forever!
I am not the only one that thinks this is a complete scam! These articles go through each reason why Autodesk moved to subscription and call BS on it.
If you fall for this you have just allowed Autodesk and PTC to be part of your engineering plans forever. Once you move to subscription there is no way back. You have to pay forever to be compatible. If you sell you company the subscription has to be part of the sale. If you have multiple seats imagine the costs? Where if you settle for the last perpetual version there is virtually no cost, ever! What enhancement would be worth this? Even if you are a new start up, why would you chose this option that would make Autodesk your new partner? Many companies rent 3D CAD software (see below). You can buy an AutoCAD compatible program like IronCAD Draft for $595.00 and work with existing dwgs!
Ironcad Draft is a unique detailing software. You bring in a 3D model with any neutral 3D format or optional native files of the popular programs and detail them in using the familiar AutoCAD like functionality of Caxa draft. It also serves as a viewer.
See Carl Bass talk about Autodesk's bottom line moving to subscription only!! An interesting fact being brought out is the increased level of pirating of Autodesk software to combat the subscription scam!! All so interesting!!
What is this all about? What does it mean?
It is obvious that Autodesk has realized that CAD has come to the end of its product cycle. You can only add so many enhancements to keep them buying annual maintenance contracts and upgrades. Everyone now has a CAD program so new seat sales have slowed.
So what do we do to keep the customers paying?
Let's lock them into a subscription service.
Yes, that's the Ticket!!
But what are the ramifications?
This is not like Office 365 that is around a $100 a year for 5 seats with tons of advantages.
This is an expensive subscription with no support. You want support? It is going to cost you.
Autodesk has some of the best Dealers in the industry. How long do you think they will be around with Subscription only? Autodesk will soon be selling direct only. They are already selling the subscription for all of their programs on line.
Take a look at this article:
What if you do not want to subscribe?
Let me offer you a couple of options.
Autodesk has a myriad of products focused on different industries. Basically they have 4 areas of CAD, Architectural, Civil, Mechanical/Manufacturing and Entertainment. Autodesk is the most schizophrenic company I have ever been involved with. Their products are all over the place. Many have been purchased and do not have any commonality, such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Alias, Fusion 360, Mudbox, 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, etc. More of a menagerie. than a product line.
What happens when sale slow? Which areas do they cut back? We know that the Architectural and Civil is their bread and butter. But what happens to mechanical? This is basically an industry they more or less fell into. It took years to get a decent 3D mechanical package. Inventor is nowhere close to Solidworks in the size of the user base.
Both IronCAD and ZW3D are small CAD companies with focused products. These programs are mostly used in the Mechanical/Industrial industry. They are dedicated to provide the best design solution. Each is unique in its own way.
IronCAD is the very best conceptual design program and ZW3D leads the way to powerful 3D Hybrid Modeling. Both have a VAR network to provide you with personal service and support.
So think it through. You don't have to move to these packages instantly. But they can keep you be compatible with what ever Autodesk, PTC and the other large CAD companies are going to do in the future.
Trust me, as you work with these packages you will slowly move to them as your preferred design solution. Take a look how two different packages can work together. This article shows how you can work with any other packages data.
I will guarantee these companies will never go subscription only. They are completely focused on productive solutions for this industry only.
The Autodesk Solution
These prices come from the Autodesk store. How long before they eliminate all dealers. I am sure they have increased subscription costs in the works. The arrogance is beyond belief. I have worked with this company as a dealer and I can tell you that the concern for the users is long gone.
$210.00 per month with Support $230.00
AutoCAD 2D Only
Reads/writes native AutoCAD files.
$210.00 per month with Support $230.00
$235.00 per month with Support $255.00
ZW3D Lite - Full Function 3D CAD System
Rentals start at $375.00
$2,000.00 Perpetual Seat
Reads native Inventor files plus Creo/Pro/E, NX/Solid Edge, Catia 4/5 and SolidworksAdds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Robust Reverse Engineering and more.
Rentals start at $525.00
$3,000.00 Perpetual seat
$3,970.00 Perpetual seat
$310.00 Monthly only (What's with that?) support included
$505.00 Monthly only, support included
ZW3D Standard - Adds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Reverse Engineering,
Rental starts at $525.00
$3,000.00 Perpetual seat
The PTC Solution
Replacing Creo is actually very easy to replace. Both of our product have history and direct edit integrated into a single package. Creo is the most fragmented program. It is a bit of a kluge as they try to keep their product relevant. It is really shocking that many of they users have not moved to a much more flexible 3D CAD system. Even the mid-ranged Creo clones outperform Creo.
Sort of Scary!! Gulp!!
$4,670.00 Perpetual seat with options to read Creo files directly