Well, it's that time of year. I'm sure all of my Revit readers are on subscription and have nothing to worry about.
For those of you who don't understand the system, there's really no way around making the investment in your core software with Autodesk. The pay once every 3 year approach is no longer a viable business practice.
So, with that, please be advised that March 15th is the date of the retirement of Autodesk 2008 products. Effective March 16th, Autodesk 2008 products will be upgradeable via the Legacy program. Essentially, it's a 30% discount off the retail price of the product you want. You're actually purchasing a new license of software, so you can still keep and use your 2008 or earlier (back to release 14) license. Legacy upgrades do require a subscription purchase. If all else fails, you can hope for an Autodesk promotion someday that will maybe give you an extra 5 or 10% discount, but you never know when that will happen.
Looking at AutoCAD as an example over a 5 year period.
Subscription for 5 years @ $450/year totals $2250.
If you didn't pay that and wanted to upgrade 2007 or earlier right now, it's $3995 -30% plus $450 for subscription totalling $3247. Wow, you really showed Autodesk. Not paying subscription all those years costs you an extra $1,000.
If you had AutoCAD 2008, 2009 or 2010, and don't want to be on subscription, you can upgrade for retail - 50%. That's $3995 -50% + subscription totalling $2447.50. Subscription for those three years would have been $1350. Again, you're paying over an extra $1,000.
On a side note on subscription in case you haven't renewed it. You have 364 days from the date of your expired subscription to do a late renewal. It's an extra $100 (so Revit Architecture Suite would be $825) but at day 365, it would be that 50% off retail of $2995 + $725 totaling $3720. You'd have to to not pay subscription for over 5 years to break even. Revit just isn't the sort of product to upgrade every 5 years.
Lastly, if you consider that you work 2080 hours per year and divide that into $725/year for subscription, it's 35 cents an hour. Certainly, you get some value out of Revit vs CAD that's worth 35 cents.
I was talking to a client today who has 8 seats of software and said they had no money to pay for subscription. I told them about the 364 days timeline and suggested that they try to do a late renewal of one seat a month. It may cost them a few extra dollars, but at least it would save them from the pain of paying a lot more money later.
I like to do the right thing for my clients. Logically, I would make more money from the clients who aren't on subscription and have to pay a lot of money later to upgrade or pay for Legacy pricing, but chances are with that attitude, they wouldn't stay in business and that doesn't help me or them.
Thanks for reading.