Today a South African Autodesk reseller sent an email blast and my email address happened to be on their list. The message in the email caught my attention.
Autodesk’s new upgrade policy is due to take effect on the 16th of this month. In order to revive a lapsed subscription you normally need to pay a late fee. Earlier on this blog one reader was bitching about exactly that. Apparently Autodesk seems to be in a good mood today. The email claims that they are waiving the late fees. Not sure whether this is the case in South Africa alone or worldwide. You may want to check with your reseller.
I chuckled at the use of the word “amnesty”. According to Wikipedia, “Amnesty is a legislative or executive act by which a state restores those who may have been guilty of an offense against it to the positions of innocent people.” So this goes out to all AutoCAD customers who have let their subscriptions lapse. You have been found guilty of not renewing your subscription. However, for the next four days Autodesk is showing some mercy and giving you an opportunity to cleanse yourself of your sins. If you grab this opportunity you will be redeemed. If not then you had better have a pretty good reason for not doing so.