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Autodesk to really go after maintenance place out of pure greed
show user profile  AsylumGame

Important Update
We want to take a moment to share the direction Autodesk is heading—some upcoming changes that will affect your maintenance plan—and a special offer to move to subscription that you may want to consider.
We believe that subscribing is the best way for you to get the greatest value from our tools and technologies—and will fundamentally change how we deliver extended capabilities and new functionalities through connected services. That’s why we’re on a path toward becoming a subscription-only company. We will continue to invest heavily in our subscription offerings, to provide you with greater value through the following benefits:
• Latest and greatest product capabilities – Get access to Autodesk’s ongoing stream of innovation, updates to core products, cloud services for desktop products, and additional capabilities as soon as they are available, at no additional cost.
• Access to new industry collections – Available only through subscription, you’ll realize significant savings when you need two or more Autodesk software products.
• New and improved support – Enjoy faster response times and the option to receive help by scheduling a call with Autodesk technical support specialists.
• Simplified administration – Access tools that streamline deployment and software management when you standardize all of your Autodesk products on subscription.
With our move to subscription, one thing has become clear to us—managing two business models (subscriptions and maintenance plans) is quite costly. To continue supporting maintenance, beginning May 7, 2017, renewal prices will increase by 5% in 2017, 10% in 2018, and 20% in 2019. Also, you should be aware that maintenance plans can now only be renewed for one year at a time.
Now that we’ve shared the direction we’re heading, we’d like to talk to you about a special offer to help you join us on the path toward subscription—one that recognizes your loyalty and the value of your previous investments. Beginning June 2017, you’ll be able to move your products on a maintenance plan to a subscription for up to 60% less than the cost of a new subscription. This discount will decrease by 5% in 2018 and another 5% in 2019, so the earlier you switch to a subscription, the less it will cost—and the more you’ll save compared to those who wait to move, or choose to stay on maintenance. When you make the switch, you’ll also be able to lock in your discounted price for up to three years and continue to receive discounted pricing for as long as you renew.
We know you’ll probably have questions. These are big changes that we’re prepared to walk you through. Please see the FAQ for additional details and contact your Autodesk Sales Representative or Autodesk Reseller to discuss the options that best suit your technical and business needs.
Whether you choose to switch to a subscription or renew your maintenance plan, our promise is to continue to provide you best-in-class software, services, and support.
Teresa Anania
Sr. Director, Subscriber Success

I can say for certain my company will not be renewing its maintenance plan nor will it be moving to subscription. I honestly can not stand this company anymore. Once our maintenance plan is up we will stick with our current perpetual licenses until we can find an alternative.

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3/2/2017 6:41:44 PM (last edit: 3/2/2017 6:41:44 PM)
show user profile  AsylumGame
Sorry the topic should read plan not place. I do not know how to fix the topic title.

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3/2/2017 7:35:15 PM (last edit: 3/2/2017 7:35:15 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
As usual, AD is more concerned with running the billing department than developing better products.

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3/2/2017 11:33:50 PM (last edit: 3/2/2017 11:33:50 PM)
show user profile  FX
Seems to be a another reshuffle going on, it's impossible to keep track.

#Recycled bullshit.
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3/3/2017 1:21:14 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 1:21:14 AM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Ah so they are moving towards more free money for them and less innovation for the users.

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3/3/2017 9:36:55 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 9:36:55 AM)
show user profile  Octopuzzy
Nothing new here, can everybody just drop Autodesk products already.
Go Modo+Houdini or something.

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3/3/2017 10:07:29 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 10:07:29 AM)
show user profile  3joez
I think Maxforums is a great place to discuss which software will be the next industry standard(yes 3dsmax is pretty standard now).
It's easy to grab the community discontent about AD. So something will obviously change, before or after.
The last years 3dsmax introduced a modest amount of changes, while leaving out basic modeling tools like relaxing vertices on a single axis or remeshing capabilities.
The only thing that really changed was the price, which went and still goes, up.
On the contrary, other products like Vray and Zbrush are doing enormous leaps forward in technology while leaving their price fixed or at least honest.
Somebody likes Mohdo, others Houdini, others Blender. I'm personally willing to try Houdini.

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3/3/2017 10:33:10 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 10:33:54 AM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Octo: No good. If that happens, AD will just buy those.

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3/3/2017 10:40:17 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 10:40:17 AM)
show user profile  Error404
kind of reads like an onion article -

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3/3/2017 10:44:53 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 10:44:53 AM)
show user profile  FX
Someone described Max as an OS on cgtalk...petty accurate description, nothing developed everything 3rd party.
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3/3/2017 10:54:25 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 10:54:25 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
With our move to subscription, one thing has become clear to us—managing two business models (subscriptions and maintenance plans) is quite costly.

Damn, times must be hard at Autodesk. You could probably fill a room with a small handful of developers and generate as much productivity enhancements for Max in a year than what they've did in the past four/five. Meanwhile they are asking for more and more from their gazillion customers.. Must be tough times.

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3/3/2017 11:15:00 AM (last edit: 3/3/2017 11:15:33 AM)
show user profile  3joez
Looks like I had the right feeling...
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3/7/2017 4:31:56 PM (last edit: 3/7/2017 4:31:56 PM)
show user profile  FX
Can't help but think where Max would be were it in different hands, I only use it for modelling because I'm familiar with the layout, and tools that have been developed by third parties, not AD, everything else has been surpassed by other software in leaps and bounds.

Nail in the coffin is perpetual will never return, it's a done deal.
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3/9/2017 10:45:08 AM (last edit: 3/9/2017 10:45:45 AM)
show user profile  Autodesk Product Manager
Hey, we realise that the next version of Max isn't going to add much. We do have a great new splash-screen, and we have enhanced the ovoid spline. We have listened to what the customer wants, and although none of that will be in the next release, the release after that is going to be MEGA. Really, you wouldn't believe what we have planned.

AD is going through some changes as the moment, it's true. We have got rid of quite a few people, and moved managers about, but the billing department have promised that it's all going to pay off.

Did we mention that prices are going up by 28% next year? Now is a great time to lock yourself into our 10 year subscription plan, which will give you 2% off your total bill!

Should I do an AMA?
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3/9/2017 10:56:33 AM (last edit: 3/9/2017 10:56:33 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I thought we killed off all the novelty accounts?

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3/9/2017 10:59:59 AM (last edit: 3/9/2017 10:59:59 AM)
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