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Dump Autodesk Inventor 2018 and get Solid Edge ST10 Half Price Until 3-23-18

Yes as that warm fuzzy feeling that embraces you while you reside in that secure happy place Autodesk cocoon begins to go all Artcam on you I have something for you to consider. If you use that dog barker Inventor and you have been feeling the love from the Autodesk Hydra pseudopods surrounding you there is hope.

SE is offering a buy two get one free or discounts on add ons https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/country/en-us/topic/solid-edge-portfolio-promotion/12642. I have never agreed with the idea you have to buy two seats to get this discount and have argued against it for years. If you want one seat to try it out or you are like me and you only need one this is a dumb offer. But if you find you might need two or more it is a good way to find out what SE is all about with PERMANENT SEATS so you have time to learn as you will and not that 30 or 45 day window that always seems to go by before you have done more than load it.

It infuriates me when leadership at software companies treat users/customers like garbage and in truth this is what started this blog some six + years ago. Sadly while SE management has been smothered by the UGS NX PLM World cabal who fear the growth of SE, SE itself is a world beater in MCAD and has small market share only because of people within Siemens and UGS who have sabotaged its growth. They believe that SE represents a threat to their precious NX God and they are right. The merits of SE are considerable and I have been a user since ST1. Certainly compared to Inventor the only reason not to look at SE is because you are too lazy to learn another program. IF you could be bothered to spend some time there you will find fewer clicks, better popup menus, direct editing that makes Inventors look worse than ST3 whereas SE is now on ST10 and they are actually making strides forward each year. Oh and silly of me to forget to mention they want you as a customer and you can rent or buy seats and they are not going up 10 to 15% or more per year.

Don’t let the inertia of what you know already stifle the discovery of something that will allow you to work faster and better with a rational work flow. If you must and desire something that is used far more often in this days world there can be no choice other than Solid Works. I don’t happen to like SW and I looked into it twice. Both time it just was bizarre to me and counter intuitive. SE just made sense and in fairly short time even if I did not know where the commands were I kind of knew where to find them. Now there are tutorials and search tool for these things but many of us only use these as a last resort it seems. Strange but true.

Anyway with the end of Artcam if there is any doubt about where Inventor is heading let me help you. This is the poor guy stuck with putting a happy face on what Autodesk is doing to Artcam customers. Sixth comment down says

Autodesk Have A Screwed Day Greetings

Here is the forum link. https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/artcam-forum/changes-to-autodesk-artcam/td-p/7758469

Now I have to tell you that Autodesk is axing developers and programs. More and more these poor Autodesk employees mention Fusion360 and have you checked it out yet? Can you imagine the internal cringe this poor guy has to even mention Fusion360 in the same breath as Artcam with such a huge difference in what the programs do? This raving subscription only idiot Anagnost is going to kill TONS of programs and demand that you adopt Fusion360 as a replacement even though it can’t be a capable replacement. This is how they will end Inventor and HSM and others. End the program and those pesky perpetual seat holders are also legally eliminated.

Do not ask for whom the bell tolls if you are an Autodesk customer unless you really want to know.

Autodesk Artcam Killed, Will You Be Next?

First off I want to thank Blog Nauseam for keeping me updated on Autodesk happenings. I went there Saturday to catch up since it has been a while. When you are no longer a customer of Autodesk you tend to live in your own little secure perpetual license world. It is one where whatever treachery or Anagnost anti-customer stupidity vomiting forth from them has no effect on your life anymore.

Now you were wise enough not to fall for the subs idea weren’t you? Well let us hope so because in ways that can’t be denied anymore Autodesk has shown with Artcam what they think of you. CNC Zone is a group of machining related forums and is an indicator of market use and interest in various software. In a world where hard data is impossible to come by one looks for indicators as to what is going on. There is an Artcam subheading and then an Autodesk one with HSM Inventor Cam and Fusion360 all in one. Today as is pretty typical Artcam has more readers than brand A’s stuff.¬† http://www.cnczone.com/forums/

Remember well the push by Autodesk to sell more perpetual seats to users before they cut them off. You were advised to buy more to cover future needs if you liked perpetual. Of course it was not long before the ugly side started showing up. Then come the announcements by Anagnost to investor firms that perpetual will be phased out. Then comes the new pricing structure which has by historical industry standards huge price increases  to punish you for being stupid enough to want to control your life by keeping perpetual seats. That thing they just had sold many of you on by the way.

It has been my belief that Autodesk intends to axe a bunch of programs and roll them over into Fusion360 where possible. Now I had presumed this would have been Inventor and HSM and Inventor Cam primarily. With a $285,000,000.00 price tag for the acquisition of Delcam and it’s customer base I figured they would be safe from the Fusion360 have to work online garbage. If you care to remember this is precisely what Autodesk said about Delcam to. We are not going to touch them and they will continue as an autonomous entity except they are now owned by Autodesk. I guess this is why the end or perpetual seats for Delcam happened about a year later than Inventor HSM and Autodesk etal.

Once again Autodesk was proven to be a pack of liars and grasping for ways to turn into the next Adobe. You see this was the important thing. Please institutional investors but not the investors in the products called customers. Funny how that worked out to as tone deaf and blind dear Andrew Anagnost figures he can do what he wants to customers and they won’t be offended and leave but rather will eagerly stand in the cotton fields and ask him how can they give even more to him for less in return.

Today with the advent of the end of Artcam all you subscription suckers better wake up and find the exit. You see since you were stupid, I do use that term deliberately by the way because putting your companies future into insecure hands is, well it is stupid. When subscriptions end they do just that. You do not work any more. Autodesk has stated that 11-1-18 will be the end for Artcam support. You have a subscription for Artcam and trusted Autodesk with your future you are now a part of Autodesks new wave perpetual licensing paradigm. Namely Perpetually Screwed. They sold you on up front savings and what your getting is the perpetual axe.

Delcam has a bunch of minor niche market programs like Dental Cam and Shoe Cam and who knows what else. I bet these have smaller markets by far than Artcam so all you Delcam users of anything other than the biggest Delcam products be prepared for the ram.

Here comes the 11th down quarter for Autodesk followed by the 12th and at some point in time even the idiots fueling the stock market hyper over valuation will wake up and discover this nice Autodesk lady they have been sleeping with is in truth an axe murderer and terminally ill to boot.

People I don’t care WHAT Autodesk product you are using. If you do not have enough sense to get away from them while you can do so in an orderly way you are just plain silly. Autodesk is telling you every way they can they are going to screw over all who stay BY THEIR ACTIONS.

The words that come out of serial liars mouths are not the things you want your future to be dependent upon.

For you CAD guys look into Bricscad for Autocad replacement. For 3D design check out Solid Edge and both of these companies want you as customers by the traditional standards of willing seller willing buyer.

Autodesk ScrewU Ecosystem Grows

I guess that the very last part of all this Autodesk extortion modus operandai had until today one remaining bright light. I switched to Selway for my VAR and was told that support for me was available. I hardly ever use support so they never had the chance to prove that statement. In addition to that I never know what they would have offered me over a regular subscriber since I am a blogger. Suffice it to say today the last little bright light for me with anything Autodesk went dark. Strangely enough the guy who recommended Selway to me no longer works for Autodesk. Smart people are beginning to leave as the handwriting is on the wall.

October 3, 2017

Dear Autodesk, HSM customer,

You may have received an email from Autodesk referencing Manufacturing Collection. This has been creating some confusion.

As of October 1st, HSM is no longer available as a standalone subscription. It must be purchased as part of the Design and Manufacturing Collection, which is a suite of software designed to give you all the tools required to run a product design and manufacturing company. Navigate to this link for a full description of the software that is now available to you. https://www.autodesk.com/collections/product-design-manufacturing/included-software

This applies to subscription customers only. There is no change for customers who own perpetual licenses. If you own a perpetual licensee and would like to switch to a subscription to take advantage of this package deal. Please give me a call at (650) 664-9837

For subscription customers; you do not need to do anything. All customers will be converted to the Design &Manufacturing Collection automatically.

FAQ:

Q. Is there a price increase?

A. No: The price of the Design and Manufacturing Collection is $2460/year, which is $10 cheaper than what you paid originally for your annual subscription. Additionally, there are no longer two tiers of HSM, so multi-axis toolpaths and all advanced HSM functionality is now included at the same base price.

Q. Is Selway machine Tool support included in this price?

A. No: Autodesk will provide support for licensing and activation issues and there is support available at no charge on the user forums at https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/hsm/ct-p/213

Product support from a Selway machine Tool Application Engineer is available on an annual basis, under a support contact at $1,200/year, or by the hour at our normal hourly rate.

Q. Do I have to download all this software?

A. No: The software titles are available to you in your Autodesk dashboard at accounts.autodesk.com

Please contact us if you have additional questions. Selway Machine Tool appreciates your business and we look forward to continuing our valued relationship
Sincerely,

So if I read this right and I am Mr Normal customer what this amounts to is that support is now fee added after you pay fees going up each year faster than inflation for the software and the only possible benefit for many will be the addition of suites which have things you did not need or want enough to have purchased them voluntarily. Of course since it would be new to you and you would in all likely hood require support while learning to use new software you will oddly enough need to get your checkbook out and bend over. And if you ever start using all these nice things rest assured that Autodesk is working hard behind the scenes to make sure it will be very tough to ever leave them and go elsewhere with your data. The more you embrace of their glorious suites the more the tentacles will pull you in.

I have thought for some time now this whole subscription thing was also aimed at reducing the amount of money Autodesk has had to share with VAR’s. Var’s have to eat and survive to so fee added is going to become their way of life also. Autodesk will over time and I feel in the very near future limit all support to the forums only where by and large it will be other customers who will be supporting each other. I have no doubt that along with cutting R&D budgets and various types of software offerings customer support will be phased out too. Unless you are willing to spend per support incident or high yearly support fees with I am sure a support hours limit cap on them. Contrast this with Solid Edge where you as part of your yearly fee can actually contact support inside of the SE headquarters and they will talk to you. It has been that way since I came on board in 2009 and still is that way to this day.

But then SE is not run by robber barrons who think people should be retained with shackles like Autodesk does.

There is not one good thing I can say about any part of Autodesk Inventor HSM anymore. That also extends to the Autodesk corporation as a whole. My perpetual license expires this Dec 15th and Autodesk can kiss my rear end now and in the future. I am never coming back. Greedy mercenary hostile investors both from the outside and from the inside in the form of Andrew Anagnost have set Autodesk up with only one purpose in life. Loot and plunder and do everything they can to make escape impossible for any who foolishly enter therein.

Personally I think you must be crazy to either stay or walk in through the front door of the Trap Spiders Autodesk Tunnel.

Autodesk Inventor HSM and HSMWorks Customers Unhappy/ Leaving?

Today for the heck of it I wandered to the HSM forums. What got me going there was to see if there was a new update. While looking I see the count down clock to Dec 15 when Autodesk loses me as a customer and I wonder how many others are leaving too. While at the forums I go to the machining section and there are very few posts. Is it my imagination or is it true?

Easy enough to check and lets go back to 1-16 and go month by month.
1-16 29 posts
2-16 29
3-16 54
4-16 37
5-16 41
6-16 38
7-16 21
8-16 45
9-16 20
10-16 14
11-16 12
12-16 8
1-17 14
2-17 6
3-17 8
4-17 11
5-17 13
6-17 4
7-17 7
8-17 9
9-17 4

To me this is the single most glaring bit of proof Autodesk can’t run from nor hide from regarding it’s dismal failure in the pursuit of subscription only slaves. I am an actual current paid until 12-15-17 user and I went from big time fan of Inventor HSM 9-16 to purely angry today over being betrayed by greedy corporate morons who can only count projected income as important and customer satisfaction as irrelevant. If this precipitous drop off of posts means what I think it means, and remember I am using myself and my reactions and feelings about all this as a way of measurement, tons of us are leaving and just plain don’t care what these idiots do anymore. No I don’t mean the HSM developers and staff. They are victims too and I see some are leaving now.

How else can these numbers be interpreted as anything other than colossal failure and powerful evidence of coming doom for the plans of the almighty Baked Beans Anagnost Autodesk Plantation?

Autodesk Vampires Meet Their Stake

Thinking about local shops around here. Thinking about how AT&T lied to get government funds and government approval of the South Central Bell buyout using the promise to improve rural internet so we who live here could participate in the digital revolution. So the money is spent and Nashville and high density environs see great improvements but for rural Giles County I see 75KBS at best and many around here are still dialup. This is true throughout Tennessee and I bet many other rural areas nationwide. The alternative for many is satellite which was also bought out by AT&T so they can maintain the fiction of high-speed internet to rural customers even though it costs a ton more and has serious data caps. Really serious data caps so low it is absurd. Within twenty miles or so I can think of at least 11 shops that deal with CAD and CAM and the strangled internet AT&T has given to us. Now multiply that times all the area of Tennessee and other rural and small town shops cross the nation. None of us can thrive using cloud based only CAD or CAM across our existing internet and be productive in a fiercely competitive world.

South Central Bell was rolling out improvements years ago before they were bought out by AT&T. I have fiber optic to the top of a nearby hill perhaps a little over 10,000 feet away and there it has remained for over ten years. AT&T bought up market share and made promises. They bought infrastructure (think the equivalent with Autodesk and the programs they buy up) and customers and now apparently are in the process of catering only to areas they deem worthwhile by some metric we don’t know. Even though big chunks of what they bought helped to fund their existence we are water under the bridge to them. Cell towers are not a viable solution here due to hills and population density and the existence of, by world standards, super expensive and throttled data capped service. There is an effort to make rural electrical co-ops be the next internet provider and I hope they succeed. I think they will be given a green light soon and let me tell you the very second I can leave AT&T I am gone forever.

So the ground work is laid for the disenfranchisement of huge numbers of existing customers with a company like Autodesk who only want cloud services and customers. We, that is shops like myself are not going there for a handful of reasons. Security which can’t be guaranteed over infrastructure Autodesk neither owns or controls or can make secure. Costs to even try to get fast enough internet to make this Albatross work are huge and one shop close by was so desperate they contracted for a T1 line. Add $400 to your bill each month and commit to a really lengthy contract on top of that. Nothing works as fast as your own workstation on your own desk. For less than $1,300 I bought a Dell Small Business Outlet a Dell T3620 with an Intel 7700K cpu, 1TB Samsung NVME SSD with 32gb ram and a Quadro M4000 graphics card. This thing flies and Autodesk will never be able to do for me anything that I do faster than I can do it for myself. So I have security and speed and cost containment. Any of those things matter to you as a reader? Oh and the idea that once someone has roped you into a pay to play scenario they can fire the developers and can those pesky software improvement programmers.

After all when you agreed to go to the cloud and rent, not buy into with a perpetual seat, you agreed to whatever is served up by your new slave owner. Guess what place you have in this paradigm. Yes it is true by the way since Autodesk is currently reducing the R&D budget. Users know the pace of innovation has slowed way down and bugs are not being fixed at all or expeditiously unless super critical.

It is my personal belief that even though Moores Law seems to be slowing down the ancillary parts are making up for it and more. Multi core problems will be solved one day for existing single thread functions. Everything points to huge power and speed bought economically by individual users residing on the desks of anyone who wishes to do so. It will handle all but large data problems and in general if you are dealing with these scenarios I believe that a faster economical solution will be there for you too. It will just cost more but it will still be cost-effective compared to the alternative which is the regression to main frame by others compute scenario which Autodesk wants us all to devolve into.

So we come to this point in time. It is with great delight I receive the following this Saturday (8-26-17) morning. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/WorldcadAccess/~3/ZaJgiwuT_ao/the-cloud-dies-on-september-7-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

I think Carl Bass is far smarter than Andrew Baked Beans Anagnost whom I regard as a grasping clueless mercenary money hungry individual willing to sell long time customers and a whole company down the river for his personal get really rich quick scheme. He is possessed of a malign intent that sees no further than his goal of personal enrichment. He thinks, now all this is just my opinion but there is evidence out there that makes me think this way. I did not just sit down and fantasize about stuff and come up with these ideas out of the ether. He thinks because he wants it so badly that the power of his forceful ambition and greed will overcome all these numerous existing obstacles to his dream of financial nirvana. That the suckers, well I mean customers of course will all co-operate for his personal gain.

I bet executives talk about things and spy on each others companies and I wonder if stuff like this upcoming Ansys announcement gave pause to Bass and his creation at Autodesk for the cloud junk. If I saw that what was planned was going to be doomed to failure I would ease on out to if I could and let the egg be on someone elses face. (Remember Carl did cash in a huge amount of his Autodesk stock when he left.) A deserving individual like say perhaps Baked Beans. You can always return as an older and wiser saving hero and benefit from the mess you helped to create if you just have a clueless fall guy to manipulate. Andrew has no technical and or actual user capabilities I know of and is as far as I can tell purely a sales and marketing guy. Can you think of any qualification worse than this to be in charge of real life design and production software? Can you think of better class of individual to be selected as a sacrificial lamb? I sure cant.

The whole stock market is grossly out of whack and has been for some time. Steady worthwhile income from dividends has become a thing of the past and the Ponzi scheme of capital gains on stocks being the new value gain reality will have the same repercussions the S&L crisis did in the 80’s and Dot Com in the early 2000’s. If the only thing stocks are producing is capital gains with no underlying production increases to justify it, is it real? Well yes until it inevitably isn’t and then huge numbers of people are left with no seat in the game of stock market musical chairs. I believe that in a real value based dividend oriented stock market Autodesk’s scheme would have already folded. But today corporate America has been trained to be self serving and to loot and plunder for self enrichment and get out with your loot before you lose it. Wages and perks for top guys are so far out of historical normal numbers it is scary. How can we manipulate for short term gain so I can cash out and now we have someone in charge of Autodesk who quite simply sees no further than this.

Anyway get the popcorn out folks. The coming show will be amusing and who knows. Maybe after 10 or 11 successive underwater quarters Autodesk will come to its senses and go back to the “old” and proven ways of doing business with voluntary participants on both sides who want to be there. I “Ansyst” you do so and you wont regret it. Rich buttery theater popcorn would be best I think.