Autodesk to make 3ds Max and Maya upgrades more expensive


Digital Arts | 11 January 13

According to an email from UK reseller bluegfx, Autodesk is to increase its overall upgrade prices for Maya and 3ds Max from January 21 – as well as upping the cost of renewing 3ds Max subscriptions.

Bluegfx notes that currently, Maya and 3ds Max users pay 50% of the full price to upgrade from versions up to three back (so from Maya 2010 or 3ds Max 2010 currently). Owners of older versions would pay 70% of the full price. From Jan 21, everyone will have to pay 70% – except anyone with software older than six versions ago, who will have to pay full price. So instead of paying £1,450 to upgrade Maya or 3ds Max 2010, 2011 or 2012 to the current 2013 version, you'll have to £2,030. 

The company says that annual renewal costs for 3ds Max is going up from £360 to £495 on March 25, which it says is bringing it more line with pricing in other countries around the world.
Bluegfx is offering to let you renew for up to three years at £360 if you sign up before that date.

Comments

thathang3 said: Cocksucker Autodesk. I hope they will die a horrible death. It's time for competition to crush these abusing fuckers.

Simon.P said: Completely agree with D.Williams comment. I have been a max subscription member 7 years, and apart from iray which is actually a third party development and the graphite modelling tools, and a few tweaks in performance, there hasn’t been much to get excited about over the last few releases. Certainly not 7 years of subscription charges worth. I have been thinking about leaving the subscription program for years, but continue, thinking there will be something worth waiting for in the next version, and for the software to catch up with the latest hardware, but always disappointment. This price increase is just what I needed to say enough! Come September, I will not be renewing my subscription.“What exciting new improvements will we expect next year to improve productivity? Another logo change, and a new button to chat with friends on Facebook, and a voucher for ten free business cards ( if you buy a HP workstation and printer (small print)) all for the amazing price of 495 before tax?” LOL!!But not far from the truth unfortunately :-(

Simon.P said: Completely agree with D.Williams comment! I started using subscription from max v6, but apart from iray which is actually a third party development and the graphite modelling tools, and a few tweaks in performance, there hasn’t been much to get excited about over the last few releases. Certainly not 7 years of subscription charges worth. I have been thinking about leaving the subscription program for years, but continue, thinking there will be something worth waiting for in the next version, and for the software to catch up with the latest hardware, but always disappointment. This price increase is just what I needed to say enough! Come September, I will not be renewing my subscription.“What exciting new improvements will we expect next year to improve productivity? Another logo change, and a new button to chat with friends on Facebook, and a voucher for ten free business cards ( if you buy a HP workstation and printer (small print)) all for the amazing price of 495 before tax?” LOL!!But not far from the truth unfortunately :-(

D.williams said: From what I have seen so far from the 2014 line-up, the new versions are the most disappointing so far, with very few new or useful features, especially 3ds max, which I subscribe to, yet Autodesk want more for less? And the excuse of aligning with other countries prices? Don’t we already pay more than in the US for subscription after conversion? Increasing US prices just inflates it everywhere else, what kind of logic is that? 360 a year before taxes was bad enough, but 495?? I’ve been a subscription member without any breaks since 2004, but this year will be the last year because of this. Autodesk pretty much got where they are today because of AutoCAD and 3ds max, but because they have so many different applications now, the development is spread so thin that the end user is seeing very little changes in the products each year, despite Autodesk’s claims that they have hundreds of developers working on max around the world. I know software developers that could make these changes in a few weeks, and its more likely there’s just a couple of guys sitting in an office now working on max, and 90% of the old development team are spread out working on other apps. Too many fingers in too many pies, and the end user suffers for it each year with ever more disappointing new releases. 3ds max still has bugs that haven’t been corrected since version 4! I doubt I will be the only subscription member leaving because of this. Bad call Autodesk. A thick layered sandwich with amazing new fillings may have tempted me into thinking Autodesk have made a huge the effort, and the price increase is worth it with the 2014 releases, but instead we get a thin soggy half eaten ham sandwich minus the cheese and are expected to pay more? Not a chance! What exciting new improvements will we expect next year to improve productivity? Another logo change, and a new button to chat with friends on Facebook, and a voucher for ten free business cards ( if you buy a HP workstation and printer (small print)) all for the amazing price of 495 before tax? I weep for the future of Autodesk.