AutoCAD for Mac New Seat Rebate Promotion

Autodesk has decided to reward the people who took the time to participate in the AutoCAD for Mac beta program. According to this page on the Autodesk web site, AutoCAD Subscription customers and Sledgehammer beta participants are eligible for a $400 Mail-in Rebate on new commercial licenses of AutoCAD for Mac 2011 software. Whereas AutoCAD Subscription customers are eligible for a $200 Mail-in Rebate on upgrades from AutoCAD 2011 to AutoCAD for Mac 2011 software.

Autodesk is calling the move from AutoCAD for Windows 2011 to AutoCAD for Mac 2011 a zero-x upgrade. I just feel they should have used a different word because the whole point of selling subscriptions is that you don’t have to pay for upgrades. And here is Autodesk telling its subscription customers that they have to pay full amount for an upgrade, that too a zero-x upgrade.

But in reality, AutoCAD for Mac is an entirely different product and hence you need to purchase a whole new license for full price. I bet this is going to be a point of argument between many AutoCAD for Windows customers and their resellers.