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    Default Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    hi
    i have 3 copies of autocad lt 2006, now i want to upgrade to acad 2007, is it cost effective?
    is there any good lt extenders available?

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    Default Re: Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by gurudas.ku
    hi
    i have 3 copies of autocad lt 2006, now i want to upgrade to acad 2007, is it cost effective?
    is there any good lt extenders available?
    Now is the time to do it. Take a look at [ http://tinyurl.com/ygv3xy ] for more details

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    Default Re: Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    Aside from the current incredible deal (which lasts only through today I believe), it depends if you have concurrent use of the Acad LT licenses.

    With only 3 licenses, it might not be feasable but we had 60 licenses of AutoCAD and about 30-40 LT. Switching our 60 licenses of AutoCAD (52 Acad Mechanical & 8 Inventor Series) to network licenses allowed us to completely eliminate all our LT seats.

    If you don't need all 3 LT's all at the same time, you might be able to get by with one or two network licenses of AutoCAD. It'll cost you more initially but over the long haul, may be cheaper.

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    Default Re: Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    Bear in mind that future upgrades will be full copies so will cost far more in the long run than the future LT upgrades.
    The only question that really matters is "will we benefit from features in full acad that are not in LT enough to warant the additional costs?"
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    Default Re: Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    Upgrades of LT are about $325 per seat. Subscription per seat of AutoCAD isn't much more than that.

    You can get subscription for LT for about $185.

    3 LT upgrades = $975
    3 LT Subscriptions = $555
    1 Acad Subscription = under $500
    2 Acad Subscrioption = under $1000

    Aside from the initial upgrade cost to get to AutoCAD and the one time network license conversion, future costs for 1 network license of AutoCAD are about even or less. With 2 network licenses of AutoCAD, a little more.

    It's just if the future annual costs is worth the additional functionality considering the small difference. And if so, is it worth the bigger initial price tag to get to that point.

    PS: Currently there's a promotion until the 19th where you can upgrade/crossgrade from LT (2004/2005/2006 only) to AutoCAD, Inventor, just about any Autodesk product including verticals for the standard rate of $1995. One heck of a deal.

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    Default Re: Upgrading AutoCAD LT to full AutoCAD, is it cost effective?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenYoung
    PS: Currently there's a promotion until the 19th where you can upgrade/crossgrade from LT (2004/2005/2006 only) to AutoCAD, Inventor, just about any Autodesk product including verticals for the standard rate of $1995. One heck of a deal.

    Wonder if that is an after xmas sale.
    Doesn't AutoDesk come out with new versions aroung march/april time frame.

    Most software takes a price reduction before the new version is released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert.Hall
    Wonder if that is an after xmas sale.
    Doesn't AutoDesk come out with new versions aroung march/april time frame.

    Most software takes a price reduction before the new version is released.
    End of January is Autodesk's fiscal year end. It's most likley to help bolster their sales numbers of AutoCAD and the verticals. Prior to being on subscription or anytime I add anything major to subscription, I always try to plan it for January as I get a better deal. Unfortunately, being on subscription they're less likely to deviate from their pricing structure for subscription renewals.

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