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trevwhite:
I got offered 40% off the yearly technical subs fee. It is still £1200 with tax. Not sure what I would miss if I do not subscribe. The package works at present fine and I have not embraced 365. It does everything I need from it at present.


I cant believe how cheap Eagle + Fusion360 is. It is around 1/3 the price of Altium subs.





dunkemhigh:
Eagle + Fusion is subscription, so if you don't keep paying you lose the product. Altium is perpetual in that all you lose through not paying is new features (and bug fixes).

Also, being subscription, the price you pay now may not be the price you pay next renewal. Subscriptions can go up and down (can't offhand think of one that went down, though).

alexwhittemore:

--- Quote from: dunkemhigh on May 12, 2021, 04:36:36 pm ---Altium is perpetual in that all you lose through not paying is new features (and bug fixes).

--- End quote ---

FWIW, you DO get bug fixes back ported to the version current as of your subscription lapse. I.e. I will continue to get AD21 bugfixes indefinitely into the future. Obviously, subject to Altium's definition of "bug fix" and support duration - there are plenty of things we consider "bugs" that will only be fixed in the future by substantial under the hood redesigns that won't get backported.

Also FWIW re Eagle: Autodesk has honored my grandfather pricing for Eagle Standard for two renewals so far, so there's that. It's technically a huge discount from what I would have been paying since I get unrestricted F360 along with that now (my $100/yr sub was originally JUST eagle standard). Also, the current $500/yr is a big price cut OR a big price increase, depending on what you happened to be paying for before, since they consolidated a bunch of tiered options.

dunkemhigh:

--- Quote ---FWIW, you DO get bug fixes back ported to the version current as of your subscription lapse
--- End quote ---

Really? Wow, that's better than expected  :-+


--- Quote ---Autodesk has honored my grandfather pricing for Eagle Standard for two renewals so far
--- End quote ---

Yes, they say on the webby that they will honour existing standard licenses, but they're not selling new ones.

As you say, it depends on what you want it for. For Fusion + Eagle it's a very good price, but if you happen to suffer cashflow issues you might be cut off from it, however cheap it appears. Not forgetting that it's unlikely to be the only subscription cost in your folio.

larry42:
I decided not to renew this year out of protest for the money they are wasting on 365 stuff (that I am not interested in) - and that most of the "support" I was paying for was to report bugs to them, just so that they could respond that "yeah, it's a bug, we'll add it to our todo list" (and never fix it, because we are moving over to a Cloud system)

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