I've gotten a couple of tweets and blog comments about my last post regarding uninstalling software.
Previous Version: Getting Started
Autodesk Subscription customers may now use previous versions up to three releases back* from the latest product release up to the total number of licenses of the product currently under Subscription.
Eligible Product List (PDF) Previous Version licenses are available only for products listed in this document.
This is available to both stand-alone and network licenses on Subscription. To review the licenses on your subscription, please refer to yourCoverage Report.
To use a previous version, please select the license deployment that applies to you and click the Continue button.
If you have your original software and serial number of your previous version, which has been kept on subscription, install software as you normally would. Note: You will be limited to the number of seats you already own.
Use of previous versions is governed by your Subscription Terms and Conditions.
Previous Version FAQ Frequently asked questions about the Previous Version benefit for Subscription customers.
|Uh, Autodesk, the Eligible Product List link refers to 2011 products and not 2012 products. Maybe someone wants to update the PDF.|
Previous Version: Stand-alone licenses
Please select one of the following as it applies to you.
What may not be clear is that when you get the new version of a program, can you just keep the prior version on the same computer? It appears that the answer is yes, but it's very unclear in Autodesk FAQ on the subject http://download.autodesk.com/us/subctr/pdfs/previous_versions/faq/PV_FAQ_eng.pdf, if you can just leave it on there or have to request the prior use serial number. I've read the document 3 times trying to figure out the nuances of it and it's ambiguous. If you go off subscription, then you can only have one version (typically the most current) on your machine. You can't install a prior version on a different machine. It looks like you can run the current and prior version on the same machine at the same time. I was always led to believe that if you installed the prior version, you couldn't run the current version. Of course, with Revit, since you can't save backwards, and if you're working on multiple projects with different versions, you'd need to have multiple versions of Revit on your machine.
Autodesk should rewrite the document to make it crystal clear so the compliance department doesn't come knocking on your door.
Autodesk, if I have Revit Architecture Suite 2012 on my computer and then on April 16th, install Revit Architecture Suite 2013 on the same computer, do I have to request a previous version serial number for the 2012 version or do I just register and activate the 2013 version, keeping the 2012 version on there with no issues? Would I have to uninstall Revit 2009 if I happened to have that version on the same machine? What if my hard drive dies and I want to install 2011, 2012 and 2013 on a new machine? What exactly do I have to do then? Does the Portable License utility work for the prior versions in case I want to upgrade to a new computer?
OK. I hope we're all more confused about this then before. I certainly am.
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