Did the title get your attention? Good. It was meant to. And its true. If you follow this blog, you will know, I'm not really very good at marketing and tend to be fairly suspicious and sceptical whenever anyone makes wild accusations that tend to be too good to be true. But, this is completely legal and does not involve any exchange of money. Nor does it mean meeting a dangerous character in a dark alley in the middle of the night.
Autodesk is giving many of its flagship products away for free to Students, Educators and Institutes!
What is the catch? Well, Autodesk is not a charity. It is a commercial enterprise beholden to its shareholders. Autodesk is doing this because it wants students to use its software so that when they go to work, they already know how to use the software that the companies use and the companies buy more of our software and become more successful. Everyone wins. This is how Autodesk invests in your future and ours. (If you are a student you will probably replace most of the above with "blah blah blah" :-) in which case, stop reading and just click the link below to get free software)...otherwise...
My first contact with the world of Autodesk was when I started studying Mechanical Engineering at college. Before then, I had used drafting boards at school and CAD was a revelation to me. I immediately fell in love with this product called AutoCAD (Release12) and also computers. However, in those days (early 90's) Autodesk hadn't been in business for long and they certainly had no program to give its software away for free to Students. Indeed, companies like Microsoft were still considered "Startups". So had to buy my own copy of AutoCAD (Student licence) for £300. That was in the day of being a student and when £300 was a lot of money (it still is!!!! :-) ). Now, here I am, having worked for Autodesk for 14 years, for me, it was a wise investment. But, not everyone can or wants to work for the same company. If you are in a similar situation now, there's no need to spend the money.
So if you are a student, educator or representing an educational institution, are related to or know someone who falls into these categories, find out more by clicking this link Free Autodesk Software