I like the idea but would want more than just one time period to choose from, ie,
say they have a 30 day fixed-term license, another for 60 days, 90 days, etc.
I don't know about the 3DS software, but Maya is a totally different animal. My son went to school for animation and that is what they used. That is more for animated characters. I know Pixar uses it alone with Disney.
I would love to try it sometime and would be willing to for 90 days, but I can't see it replacing Inventor.
I believe Dean is asking if we would lease Inventor, not replace it with different software.
I think the more applicatble question for most Inventor users on this forum would be "Would you lease Autodesk design software other than Inventor if you could?"
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This year at AU, they demonstrated a Cloud based 3D parametric modeler. Basically it could almost be called a lease. Only a small "app" that is installed on the local machine. Allows for modeling a large assembly on a tablet or iPad. As long as you have an Internet connection.
Not requiring a "workstation" or high-performance PC and be able to model large complex assemblies as well as Cloud based FEA has benefits. Only paying for the time-units you are using does have cost benefits as well.
Yes, Dean did say lease, but the way the thread is titled makes it sound like a replacement with the other
What Curtis said the title of the thread should be makes a lot more sense. I still stand on I would be willing to try the others, but I wouldn't lease Inventor or any software. But with that said I would have to see the lease agreement to see if it makes sense. So, maybe I will reserve my judgement for now.
Look for the Cloud based, pay as you go model to show up in Autodesk products. As long as you have decent internet access, the ability to work on a very large model 10,000 parts on a tablet or iPad is quite interesting. Then being able to use the Cloud for FEA or dymanic sim all while on a tablet or iPad in a pay-as-you need/go model.
I guess it would be a form of lease.
man, this Chantix I'm on (yet again) must be messing with my head! That or the lack of nicotine in my system...
"Would you lease INVENTOR if you could?"
Yes, I would consider a lease with Autodesk in order to use Inventor "at home" when needed for a personal project here and there instead of paying for a full version which I probably wouldn't need very long for such an example (sorry, but I don't get "replace" when I read "lease"!)
My take on Dean's question (where'd he go anway, back to all the Acad forums?) is would I consider leasing Inventor similar to the way they are doing it with the other software mentioned in the link he provided, not outright replacing Inventor or even considering switching to one of the softwares to use instead of Inventor...
OT, maybe it's because I've been reading up on all the Dark Tower series, my mind is stuck in "mid-world" and only understanding Roland's way of understanding things?!?!? hehe
even more OT perhaps...anybody using Microsoft Windows, are we all "leasing" their software? Nothing to quote or go by, but I was under the impression nobody actually owns their copy of MS Windows...could be wrong.
The thought of leasing is actually very appealing. Either a cloud based or local based. I can see a number of opportunities where there are monetary benefits:
1) Individual user, has a 1-off project and can charge the lease to the client then hang it up when done. Time and material without the initial capital cost and repeating annual.
2) A company is growing but doesn't know if they really need X more licenses...pay by use, see how it goes and then spend the capital when you know you need that many licenses full time.
3) A company had a big project, brings on temp or contract employees and needs to add X licenses for a fixed short time. For a 3-6 month stint, this might be just the thing.
Its harder and harder to get capital expenditures in companies, and the lease is a smaller chunk of expense money that is easier to spend and spread out through the months.