In late July 2016, Autodesk's licensing model will undergo yet another change. One novelty is that users will no longer own their software but will be merely leasing it. In other words, something that since February 2016 has been the case for standalone licenses of AutoCAD, Revit, and Inventor will apply to additional Autodesk products and suites as well.

The advantage of this change for Autodesk is that the lease model allows them to better calculate their income, which they also hope to increase.

Among users, however, this model is not always received as warmly. For instance, a company that updates its software every two to four years will quickly calculate that the new model might well result in increased costs. As a result, mid-sized companies in particular have begun to consider changing to a different CAD system.

We will have to wait and see whether the lease model is a success or a failure. Starting 1 August 2016, AutoCAD users will have to decide whether to go along or to look for alternatives.

As a result of this uncertain situation, an increasing number of clients and potential clients have contacted us for advice on the right solution to their needs. Since we are not a CAD dealer, we can provide our clients with independent, unbiased advice on the direction to take for the next years or even decades.

Besides those looking for advice, we have also received an increasing number of inquiries regarding the porting of functions and add-ons to other CAD systems such as BricsCAD, Allplan, SolidWorks, Siemens NX, Cadida CAD-Editor, and more.

In practice, any transition to another system must be well planned. Questions include: "How can the CAD system be integrated into our environment?", "How much does training cost?", "How good is technical support?", "How long does the transition take?", "When is a change worth it?", and more. These are all important questions, and you should take your time to answer them to your satisfaction.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions.