AutoCAD Design Suite 2016

On February 1st, 2016 the sale of new Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite licenses will be discontinued. This will include both Perpetual and Desktop Subscription licenses of the software. The change has come into place as more customers have favoured industry-specific suites such as the Autodesk Building Design Suite and Infrastructure Design Suite.

The versions of AutoCAD Design Suite that will be affected are Standard, Premium and Ultimate. However, if you obtain a Maintenance or Desktop Subscription you will still continue to receive updates, support and Subscription benefits as long as you continue to renew your contract. If you have purchased an AutoCAD Design Suite license with us and are considering making the move to an industry specific suite or are thinking of buying AutoCAD on its own please do not hesitate to contact us.

Which Design Suite is right for me if I use AutoCAD?

If you’re thinking of changing to a different suite, we would recommend the following:

  • Autodesk Building Design Suite – For architectural and BIM workflows. Includes AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, Showcase, AutoCAD Raster Design, ReCAP, 3ds Max, Navisworks Simulate, Navisworks Manage, Revit, Inventor and Robot Structural Analysis Professional.
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite – For civil infrastructure and BIM workflows. Includes AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, Storm and Sanitary Analysis, AutoCAD Raster Design, ReCap, Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Geotechnical Module, Bridge Module, Rail Layout Module, River and Flood Analysis Module, AutoCAD Utility Module, AutoCAD Utility Design, 3ds Max, Revit Structure, Revit, Navisworks Manage and Robot Structural Analysis Professional.
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite – For conceptual design workflows. Includes Inventor, Inventor Professional, Fusion 360, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Raster Design, ReCap, Vault Basic, 3ds Max Design, Navisworks Simulate, Navisworks Manage, AutoCAD Electrical, Showcase and Alias Design.
  • AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT – If you predominantly use AutoCAD on its own, we would suggest purchasing a Desktop Subscription of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. This is also the most cost effective choice and ideal for smaller practices. You can also add on other products and pay for them separately on a pay-as-you go basis if you feel you may need other software products such as 3ds Max or Revit.

Now is the ideal time to take full advantage of the AutoCAD Design Suite Discontinuation as there are a number of Autodesk promotions where you could make some great savings on a new AutoCAD license. These include:

  • Redeem £225 via an online rebate for the AutoCAD LT Portfolio – lasts until October 23rd 2015
  • Save up to 25% on a new 3-year Desktop Subscription – lasts until October 23rd 2015
  • Save up to 15% on a new annual or2-year Desktop Subscription – lasts until October 23rd 2015

Full list of promotions can be found here.

Who can I contact with more questions?

If you have any further questions about the discontinuation of the AutoCAD Design Suite please contact Emilie.stevens@bmarq.co.uk or call us on 01403 784 139.