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    Default Purchasing older versions of AutoCAD

    Does this happen at all? I currently use 2002 and could really use some of the newer features, however the $4000 price tag is a bit steep. Do people sell used copies of the software at all? 2005 and newer would be what I'm looking for...

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    You cannot buy AutoCad from a private person, you can only buy it from an authorised AutoCad dealer. If you buy it privately, AutoDesk will not authorise the sofware, they will not give you the activation code, so It will not work.

    The other problem is, you do not own the sofware. You are only licensed to use it.

    AutoDesk set it up this way to minimise piracy.

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    You might want to check out the Autodesk Legacy Program. Since you are using 2002, which has been retired, you are eligible to save up to 30% on the purchase of 2008. See here: Legacy Program
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    or LT with bolt ons for the bits you need?
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    or use an alternative brand that still uses the *.DWG format - there's plenty of different options out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Cullen View Post
    You cannot buy AutoCad from a private person, you can only buy it from an authorised AutoCad dealer. If you buy it privately, AutoDesk will not authorise the sofware, they will not give you the activation code, so It will not work.

    The other problem is, you do not own the sofware. You are only licensed to use it.

    AutoDesk set it up this way to minimise piracy.
    IMO autodesk does a terrible job to minimize piracy. Its very easy to find cracked copies of all of their products out there.

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    Very true. And we, the legitimate users, are the ones who suffer from all the impositions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Cullen View Post
    Very true. And we, the legitimate users, are the ones who suffer from all the impositions.
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    Ah, Alan, your new avatr had confused me, sorry mate
    Pretty aggressive tho

    A lot of discussions on the Autodesk policy.
    The fact that an illegal copy it's easy to find allows all young student and every potential young costumer to get used to Autocad.... Once they will need a CAD for work and they will need to legalize their position they will not go for another brand because they are used to this one.

    At the end, when you have to pay your license you are going to pay an high price due to that kind of market strategy... That's the way I see it; but then I can't see a way out
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    Cad for students is still very expensive. Make it cheaper and better (get rid of that ugly educational purpose tag around all drawings, that ruins your drawings) and I think more students would be enticed to purchase it. I always used cracked versions for school.

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    Riga, sorry about the avatar scare. It was time for a change.

    What you said is very true. Back in the early 80s Autodesk let everyone pirate autocad. Then one day they introduce dongles, and everyone had to buy autocad, because that is the one everyone knew how to use, thanks to it previously being so easy to pirate.
    Very sneaking marketing ploy.

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