CADDManager on May 30th, 2013

Autodesk provides several Options for licensing their software.  Which one makes sense for you depends on the situation you are in.  There are four Options when you purchase the software:

Stand Alone: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users.  If you are a small office that has 6 people who will use the software and each one is full time, then this might be best for you.

Network: For medium to large organizations requiring many users.  If you are a small, medium or large office with 6 or 10 or 100 plus people who will use the software mostly full time with some using it part time, this might be for you.  You can have the part-timers share the license via a networked license server.

Students & Educators:

Students and faculty can download free* Autodesk software for personal educational purposes. Student licenses incorporate all the software functionality of our professional licenses, but include a print banner or watermark on output indicating the design was created using a Student license version.  The stamp cannot be removed from prints and PDF’s.  Autodesk Student licenses are available as Stand-Alone only and may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes, or for commercial or for-profit purposes.

For more information, visit Autodesk’s Education Community.

Educational institutions, students and faculty can receive affordable pricing on a variety of Educational licensing options. Education Suites can be purchased as Stand-Alone, Multi-seat Stand-Alone or Network licenses and give academic institutions access to comprehensive software products and tools.  Educational licenses cannot be used for commercial, professional or for-profit purposes.

For more information, visit Autodesk’s Educators page.

Free Trial License:  Try before you buy.  The trial or “evaluation” licenses is available for most Autodesk products and allows you to download and run a fully functioning product for a period of up to 30 days.  Again – not for commercial use.  Many firms jump start the buying process by downloading a 30 day trial and then starting the purchase process so they can be up and running while approvals are processed.

Some things from the archives:

In 2006 I did a post on Autodesk Licensing Types.  This covered Standalone and Networked license issues.

in 2009 I did two posts on the License Server options and my concerns about the fail safe it offered.  It still appears that my questions have yet to be addressed.
Autodesk – FlexLM and 2010 licensing
Autodesk FlexLM License Dilemma

Here is the latest options assistance from Autodesk on choosing which might serve you best.
Choosing a Network License Server Model for your Autodesk Product

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