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.
I try to treat my customers like I wish to be treated. Sometimes in a one man shop time gets away from you and you have a delivery that drags out. I always stand behind what I do though and any promises made are abided by.
So today is the last day for my life as a paying Autodesk customer. According to that complete idiot Anagnost as he said at the last Autodesk user convention I am not of value. http://www.thecadinsider.com/2017/11/what-are-webastards.html
This week was spent in part downloading everything and as I went to the accounts page I see some changes made in the last few weeks. It used to be that Inventor Pro HSM Ultimate had a big list of things you could access and were a part of the overall package. Three out of four of them are now gone. Not that I ever used any of them but I think it is quite indicative of the perpetual seat elimination process Autodesk is embarking on. No doubt all these things and more will be added to subscription only packages now as incentive for people who are masters of their destiny and financial independents known as perpetual seat holders are shown the error of their ways.
Subscribers beware as what is happening to us now will be your fate too. In time, not a very long time I figure, Autodesk will start nickle and dimming to death their subscribers. What was there with features and add ons to get most of you on board will change and become extras to be added for a nominal fee to your ever shrinking base package of apps. Autodesk has proven themselves to be duplicitous in deed and nature so nothing that is promised today will bind them tomorrow. Like our perpetual seats there forever! Until they phase the programs out and stick a new name on the subs only replacement and cut you off at the knees. A perfect example is Cimco Edit for HSM. Cimco will license their product to any software company for $100,000.00 and that covers unlimited use as far as I can find out. Apparently that was to much money for Autodesk to spend to keep this valuable, to customers that is, part of the equation. You can however spend extra to get this same thing again and funny how that works isn’t it? To expensive for them but apparently not for YOU. R&D is pretty expensive too and that is being cut back also. You really didn’t need those bugs fixed or new features anyway did you?
Celebrate with me as I say good-bye to a once great company that has been suborned by evil slave-owning mentality hucksters who will say anything and promise anything and under the new paradigm guarantee only one thing for real. Your complete financial enslavement to a system that will be set up to bleed you. You are now not a customer that Autodesk has to satisfy once you go subs you are chattel property where your opinion does not matter and pay up and shut up. Then pay more and shut up. Then pay us before anything else and shut up about it if you want to keep working. Ain’t life grand when you have such a wonderful mutually beneficial working relationship with your software authoring company?
As of midnight tonight my decision to remain free and in control means you Mr Baked Beans can go get screwed and do so with none of my money ever again.
For those of you looking for powerful CAD or MCAD software while fleeing the Autodesk plantation may I recommend Solid Edge to you? I don’t honestly know how good Cam Express is but Siemens is offering a deal right now where you get CAD and CAM bundled together. I can without reservation wholly recommend Solid Edge and even when I was an Inventor customer all my design work was done in SE and imported into Inventor. Once you learn and use SE Inventor is just to painful to contemplate ever using except as a parts placer for HSM. Oh and permanent seats too for those who don’t believe in slavery or drinking millennial subs never own anything but spend more kool-aide
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
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?