The educational plot stamp has been a part of the Educational version of AutoCAD for a long time. It was meant to prevent commercial use being done with an educational version of the product. Recently, a decision was made to no longer show this stamp, even on files created with the EDU version. Starting with the installation of SP1 for the 2014 products, files will no longer show the stamp when plotting, nor will they give a warning message when opening them. However, the stamp is still attached to the file even though it is not showing.
So yes, the danger is that someone with 2014 SP1 could open a file and work on it without realizing it has the educational stamp on it. If they then send that to someone without SP1, or on an earlier version, that user will see the warning and the stamp. At this time, using 2014 with SP1 will still propagate the stamp to other drawings, as in the past. The current plan (and please keep in mind that this could change), but the current plan is that the 2015 version will have the ability to remove the stamp altogether if a Save is performed. You'd then be able to save a file in 2015, and send it back to users on earlier versions, and the stamp will be gone altogether. More information will be provided on this as we go on as to what the final implementation will be.
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Thanks so much for clearing this up, Shawn. You provided excellent product support on this issue when I created my recent support request. I'm glad the others could hear this directly from you rather than from my recollection. Hope I didn't misquote you in any way.
Seems reasonable, but there are several questions which spring directly to mind.
Whats to tell us that a contractor, vendor, or other drawing provider is running "bootleg" educational software to artifically lower their prices? While we have every intention of remaining legal, whats to prevent us from being undercut by less legitimate operations?
Whats to prevent less educated or scrupulous employees from taking work home and using an educational version?
If we end up with an office full of EDU content drawings with no way of detecting them, what risks do we face from an AutoDesk audit which subsequently detects them?
Yeah, this is a bit disturbing from a competitive perspective, but also from the standpoint where someone could unwittingly infect commercial drawings with the EDU designator. If Autodesk is going to remove the warning and plotstamp, then remove the EDU designator as well. I am going to be less likely to open a drawing posted in these forums knowing the EDU designator can be inadvertently transferred to a Commercial drawing without so much as a warning message.
Good day, please help me on my support issue.
You have not indicated what release of AutoCAD or what SP you are using?
we are using 2013, SP 1
It looks like an upgrade to 2014 SP1 will solve your problem.
Back to the source of the original problems - there should have been two warnings, which were apparently ignored.
This is good news. While I'm currently still a student, I don't have much of a problem with the plot stamp, but it does take away from the look of some of my drawings. I was going to suggest adding the ability to move it out of the way when plotting, perhaps to the extreme edge of my plot, but I'm glad to see that I don't have to.
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