Autodesk have announced new Indie version of their popular 3DS Max and Maya DCC applications. These are full versions, not subset’s like Maya LT, their other indie focused offering. They do however come with some strings attached. The new version (3DS in this case) is described as follows:
Autodesk 3ds Max Indie is the same industry-standard product used by professional studios, at a price point accessible to those who are just starting out. If you are a recent graduate or freelancer with less than USD$100,000/year in revenue, you can get started now. Please note that this is a limited-time offer.
The revenue limit is not the only limitation:
- Your annual gross revenue from design work must be less than USD$100,000/year
- Only one license can be used per user or organization
- Offer is only eligible to those based in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK or the US
There is also one very big gotcha people should be aware of:
Note: In order to avoid an automatic renewal at the full subscription price of 3ds Max, you must turn off the automatic renewal once you subscribe to 3ds Max Indie. In order to turn off the automatic renewal setting, you must go to your Autodesk Account, and follow the instructions posted here. This offer is subject to certain restrictions.
So, if you do not turn off automatic rebilling, you could get hit for a VERY nasty surprise on your credit card in a years time, as you get charged for the full, non-indie version of Max or Maya!
It is a huge savings for those that qualify and it will be interesting to see if the deal expands to other markets or is offered beyond this year. Have Autodesk noticed a new market between students and full professionals, or are they facing pricing pressure for alternatives like Blender? Or perhaps it’s a bit of both?