Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Can we expect free AutoCAD?

OK, probably not the full AutoCAD license but...

In the current situation, there are the free trial versions (time limited) and the student versions/licenses (free in many countries). But Autodesk offers also free PLE (Personal Learning Edition) versions of several Alias applications (Maya, AiasStudio). At the same time, several CAD vendors are offering free versions of their 2D and 3D software.

I'd infer that it makes sense for Autodesk to have a free PLE version of AutoCAD, limited only in terms of its license plus probably a plot-stamp and DWG-stamp (and of course protected by a soft-lock mechanism).

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