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September 11, 2014


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Ralph Grabowski

My explanation for the blog entry titled, "End of Democracy." Autodesk marketing loves touting that they are "democratizing design." Their definition is limited to "lower prices," and then for only a few, select pieces of software they acquired (and that had been sold at much higher prices pre-acquisition). Core software prices go up, contradicting the claim.

Contrary to the beliefs of Autodesk marketing, democracy is not about lower prices but about choice. By removing reasonable priced upgrades (already done) and removing perpetual licenses (coming up next) from the choices customers can make, Autodesk brings to an end "democracy."

The good news is that Autodesk's actions (which I also see as stemming from panic over future income) gives the AutoCAD workalike industry a better chance at sales. Knowing this, Autodesk has perhaps fired its first volley in a war to make smaller, perpetual license-offering competitors unpalatable to customers -- by suing ZWSoft. (So far, the law suit is going badly for Autodesk, and so I trust this will be the last such signal to the market.)

Roman Ocheretko

Since 2008 Nanosoft has offered innovative development methods and subscription (rent) software distribution model.
But we also provide classic perpetual licenses distribution.
Many of Russian CAD users more often purchase perpetual licenses.

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