Dynamic licensing in AutoCAD Inventor 2010

March 30, 2009

One of the new features of AutoCAD Inventor 2010 (still sounds oddly) is “dynamic licensing”. When you read the explanations, it appears to be a very complicated concept, especially in combination with the existing cascade licensing, but in fact it is not that complicated.

Basically, if you have network licenses of both Inventor Suite and Inventor Professional, you can start Inventor Professional and until you start the first “professional” function, your Inventor consumes only the plain “Suite” license. So this functionality simplifies the deployment of Inventor installations in your company (everyone can have InventorPro installed) and helps you save money on the more expensive “Pro” licenses. Of course all of that makes sense only if you are one of Autodesk’s big accounts with multiple Inventor and Inventor Professional network licenses.

The above mentioned “cascade licensing” works already in existing network installations – it applies to all “suite” licenses of Autodesk software and works like this: if you have e.g. AutoCAD Mechanical licenses and Autodesk Inventor licenses, starting AutoCAD Mechanical with no free Mechanical licenses will automatically pick the “next higher” free license – Inventor.

No more free Inventor LT

March 12, 2009

The Inventor LT program (a limited version of Autodesk Inventor) come to its end as a free technology preview software. See the Autodesk Labs blog post.

The “graduated” commercial version of Inventor LT 2010 will be available only to customers in USA+Canada (plus Australia). There will be two options: AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite 2010 (notice the name; bundled with AutoCAD LT) and Autodesk Inventor LT 2010 (standalone). There should be special purchase options for those who have participated in the Technology Preview phase. Unfortunately only for those in North America and the Aussies.