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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Some interesting information on Subscription Prior Use Policies

Autodesk changed their policy last year regarding prior releases. There's no better time to discuss this then now when half of you have 2010 releases and everyone else is on 2009 and may never upgrade. Damn Ribbon!

There is no longer the requirement that you had to have owned that prior version in order to use the prior version currently. That means if you bought your very first license of Revit Structure today and got subscription, you could use it has Revit Structure 2008 and 2007 if you wanted.

From my Autodesk documentation:
As of April 7, 2008, the Previous Version benefit has been enhanced. Effective on that
date, customers may use previous versions of up to three releases back from the 2009
product release up to the total number of licenses of the product currently under Subscription. Subscription customers who do not have the previous version of the software may request available media through the Subscription Center. Refer to the “Eligible Product List for Previous Version Use” posted on the Subscription Center for a complete listing of eligible releases.

If the customer has licenses for three seats of a current product, the customer can use a total of three seats of the current and eligible previous versions in any combination.

Mixed version use of the current version and up to three versions back of the eligible
previous version(s) is allowed as long as combined seat count does not exceed the total
number of licenses of that product on Subscription.

Example: Customer has 10 seats of AutoCAD 2009 on Subscription. Customer will be
allowed to use a total of 10 seats of any combination of AutoCAD 2009, AutoCAD 2008,
AutoCAD 2007, and AutoCAD 2006 in mixed use.
If you have a total of 10 Seats on Subscription, a sample would be:
6 Seats AutoCAD 2010, 2 Seats AutoCAD 2009, 1 Seat AutoCAD 2008 & 1 Seat AutoCAD 2007.


Subscription customers with a 2009 network license now have in-product functionality
that will provide an authorization code for previous versions up to three releases back, up to the total number of licenses of the product currently under Subscription for most but not all products.


The CD or DVD for eligible previous version software up to three releases back is available at no charge to qualifying customers from the global media replacement site, accessed through Subscription Center.

Once you cross grade, previous version use benefits only apply to Previous Versions of
your new cross grade product, not for the product from which you cross graded.

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