Promotions and Pricing Announcements

The following is a summary of the current important  announcements with regard our range of Products and Services.

Our desire is to be completely transparent with you about upcoming changes, promotions (the good!) and also price increases (the bad, but please don’t shoot the messenger!) from all our suppliers. As soon as we know, you will know.

 For more information or if you have any questions please contact us on 01844 263700 or via email at


Transition To Named User

On May 7, 2020, Autodesk will start launching new plans that are based on people and retiring plans based on serial numbers. Like the plans offered by most SaaS providers, the new plans are designed for named users and provide a range of administrative, support, and reporting capabilities for businesses of every size. Benefits include:

• Ability to optimize licensing costs by providing visibility into usage data

• Dedicated access for all employees whenever they need it (no downtime if all licenses are in use)

•Lower IT costs and less complexity (no need to manage network servers or track serial numbers)

But What Type of Licence is Best For You?

For the most part you should move onto a standard subscription plan. If you feel that moving onto a Premium Plan may have some benefit, you can pay the extra or upgrade at a future date. This is for information only at this point and the full detail is expected in the June timeframe. We anticipate an announcement around an Enterprise version in due course. More details to follow when we have them.

In the meantime, as part of the transition plan, Autodesk have a number of significant changes, promotions, offers and trade-in plans to help you transition.

The transition plan is as follows:

Here is a summary of the nine (yes nine!) changes and promotions on offer as you move toward the new Autodesk model.

Although covered in the detailed suggestions below it is worth making one very important point here. In essence, Autodesk are ending multi-user Maintenance Plan and multi-user subscriptions and you will have just one opportunity from 7th May 2020 (at your next renewal point only) to take advantage of the 2-for-1 switch program (allowing you to trade in 1 multi-user or network licence for 2 single user subscription licences), at similar price to your current rate.

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25% off SRP Autodesk Legacy
Trade In

February 7th through April 24, 2020, you can receive up to 25% off the SRP of a new 1 or 3-year single-user subscription, when they trading in a non-maintained perpetual license.  In Q2 the discount will reduce to 20% and in Q3 to 15%.. 

What Should You Do?
If you plan to upgrade an old licence do it now and take advantage of this trade in offer. You can stay on your legacy licence forever, but this is likely to be the best trade-in offer this year.

End of Autodesk multi-user, multi-year Contracts

Autodesk are retiring two and three-year subscriptions with multi-user access beginning February 29, 2020.  You will no longer be able to renew your multi-year subscription or purchase subscription with multi-user access.

What Should You Do?
If you have a requirement for multi-user software (new) do it before Feb 29th and do it on a 3 year. If you have a multi-user, multi-year renewal due before 26th May, then renew  before 28th Feb on a  3- year term (its your last chance!).

Move to Subscription Offer

Those customers with existing perpetual licenses on maintenance can switch across to a subscription license at a significant discount to normal prices. Available until 6th May 2020.

What Should You Do?
Avoid future price increases expected on maintenance plan and switch to subscription before May 6th if you are eligible. If your maintenance is due for renewal 90 days after 6th May, you can still switch, but you must order by 6th May, giving you a lower, locked-in price until 2028.

5% Increase on New Single User Subscriptions

From 25th March 2020, there will be a 5% increase in Standard Retail Price (SRP) on new single user subscriptions, both 1 year and multi-year.

What Should You Do?
If you are intending to order new subscriptions, order before 25th March and if possible take advantage of the 3-year subscription price, which offers a 10% discount. This equates to an overall 15% discount if ordered before 25th March.

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Autodesk Multi-User 1-Year Exemptions

The following products are exempt from the cessation of multi-user subscriptions: Moldflow, Netfabb, Inventor CAM, Arnold, CFD, VRED Render Node

What Should You Do?
Nothing. You can carry on as you are, but we predict future price rises for multi-user, in line with other announcements already made. Start to consider switch offers to single-user, if offers are announced.

20% Increase on all Maintenance Renewals

In line with previous years Autodesk will increase all maintenance plan renewal pricing by 20% on 7th May 2020. In April, the 2021 release will also be the last release of any Design & Creation Suites.

What Should You Do?
If you are would like to stay on maintenance and your renewal date is before 3rd August 2020 you should order your renewal before 6th May to avoid the 20% increase.

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End of Autodesk Multi-User, 1-year Subscriptions

From August 7th, 2020 Autodesk will end the sale of  new 1-year multi-user licenses. This means that the last time to renew a multi-user license will be August 6th 2021, when you will have to switch to single user.

What Should You Do?
You do not have to do anything now and can wait to renew for the last time up to August 6th 2020. Do note at the next renewal point, that you will be able to take advantage of the 2-for-1 trade in offer, when going to single user subscription. If you want a new multi-user licence on 1 year term buy it before 6th August and then at renewal point take the 2:1 Trade-In offer

Maintenance Plan Multi-User
Trade In

As of 7th May 2021, Maintenance Plan renewals will end. Between 7th May 2020 and 6th August 2020 Network /Multi-User Maintenance Plan users can trade-in each network Maintenance Plan for a 1 multi user subscriptions and then at their subsequent renewal point trade that in for 2 single user subscriptions. Between 7th August 2020 and 6th May 2021 Network /Multi-User Maintenance Plan users can trade-in each network Maintenance Plan for a 2 single user subscriptions at their next renewal point. After 7th May 2021 you will no longer be able to renew or trade in and will have to start again on Subscription Single user licensing.

What Should You Do?
Consider trading in at your next renewal point to either 1 multi user or 2 single user subscriptions. After 7th May 2021 you will no longer get a 2-for-1 swap.

Maintenance Plan Single User
Trade In

As of 7th May 2021, Maintenance Plan renewals will end. Maintenance Plan users can trade-in their single user Maintenance Plan for a single user subscription at their next renewal point. After 7th May 2021 you will no longer be able to renew or trade in and will have to start again on Subscription Single user licensing.

What Should You Do?
Consider trading in at your next renewal point to a single user subscription, at the 2019 maintenance price, which is “grandfathered”.