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loose nut
08-29-2017, 09:57 AM
Being a CAD user for many years I like to download new (as in annually) versions to see what is new, Usually not much. So I have the 30 day free trial of Autodesk Inventor. There is a count down clock on the top of the screen telling you how many days you have left and at the end of the countdown it shuts the program off. Mine doesn't change.

Now I rarely shut my computer off, preferring to leave it in standby mode, where the computer shuts down but leaves power to the RAM so that it starts up quickly just by touching the space bar. I rarely shut down Inventor, I just minimize it so it is ready to go when I need to use it.

Apparently the clock only changes when you shutdown the program/computer and then it resets when it starts up again. Mine was stuck at 29 days for a couple of weeks and then I had to shut it down to do windows software updates, it came back on at 10 days and there it has sat for over two weeks now, several days past the end of the trial.

So if you don't shutdown your computer/program, as in you don't care about windows updates etc., the power doesn't go off or some other malady befalls you, you can in theory have Inventor for free. Well, extended a couple of months is more realistic but if you can keep it going then maybe you could upgrade to the next years version. Who knows maybe the bug won't be fixed.

If this bothers you because you think it is piracy, it shouldn't your just using the program as it was sent to you. If they didn't want you to use it forever then they should have fixed the @#$!%^& program first.

Inventor - $3500
Inventor Pro - $7500
Getting it for free - Priceless

No really, priceless as in free.

RB211
08-29-2017, 07:23 PM
Being a CAD user for many years I like to download new (as in annually) versions to see what is new, Usually not much. So I have the 30 day free trial of Autodesk Inventor. There is a count down clock on the top of the screen telling you how many days you have left and at the end of the countdown it shuts the program off. Mine doesn't change.

Now I rarely shut my computer off, preferring to leave it in standby mode, where the computer shuts down but leaves power to the RAM so that it starts up quickly just by touching the space bar. I rarely shut down Inventor, I just minimize it so it is ready to go when I need to use it.

Apparently the clock only changes when you shutdown the program/computer and then it resets when it starts up again. Mine was stuck at 29 days for a couple of weeks and then I had to shut it down to do windows software updates, it came back on at 10 days and there it has sat for over two weeks now, several days past the end of the trial.

So if you don't shutdown your computer/program, as in you don't care about windows updates etc., the power doesn't go off or some other malady befalls you, you can in theory have Inventor for free. Well, extended a couple of months is more realistic but if you can keep it going then maybe you could upgrade to the next years version. Who knows maybe the bug won't be fixed.

If this bothers you because you think it is piracy, it shouldn't your just using the program as it was sent to you. If they didn't want you to use it forever then they should have fixed the @#$!%^& program first.

Inventor - $3500
Inventor Pro - $7500
Getting it for free - Priceless

No really, priceless as in free.

Is Inventor 3500$ better than Fusion360? I know it's direct competition for Solidworks, but I don't find Solidworks superior to Fusion360, for what I do

elf
08-29-2017, 08:09 PM
Did you read the EULA? It would fit the definition of piracy if the EULA states you can only use it for 30 days.

RB211
08-29-2017, 09:10 PM
Did you read the EULA? It would fit the definition of piracy if the EULA states you can only use it for 30 days.

Whats the program supposed to do? Turn itself off in the middle of a project? I think not. It only stops when you close it, for good reason.

Bob La Londe
08-29-2017, 09:19 PM
I like Fusion360 for the HSM strategies in CAM. I still use that cute little "rock on a stick" CamBam for quick and dirty jobs.

J Tiers
08-29-2017, 09:31 PM
Whats the program supposed to do? Turn itself off in the middle of a project? I think not. It only stops when you close it, for good reason.

Why would it not turn off in the middle? You are supposed to be "evaluating" it, not doing revenue projects.

RB211
08-29-2017, 09:36 PM
Why would it not turn off in the middle? You are supposed to be "evaluating" it, not doing revenue projects.
Good will towards a prospective customer????

J Tiers
08-29-2017, 10:17 PM
Good will towards a prospective customer????

Autodesk cares about that? News to me, news to most.

RB211
08-29-2017, 10:22 PM
Autodesk cares about that? News to me, news to most.

Well apparently something's up, based on the programs behavior.


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loose nut
08-30-2017, 09:06 AM
Whats the program supposed to do? Turn itself off in the middle of a project? I think not. It only stops when you close it, for good reason.

It should have shut down, that is the normal behavior in the past.

Look guys I only posted this as a bit of the interesting and unusual, it will shut down before long if only because I will have to reboot the computer and that will kill it. Don't take things so seriously.

loose nut
08-30-2017, 09:28 AM
Is Inventor 3500$ better than Fusion360? I know it's direct competition for Solidworks, but I don't find Solidworks superior to Fusion360, for what I do


I don't actually know how much they cost! That was put in for humour-ish.

Is it better then Fusion, that's like saying which is better apples or apple pie. Fusion is very much like Inventor, it probably is based on Inventor with some difference in the interface but Inventor can still do much more, most may not need those functions. Also Inventor has a built in parts library of over 750,000 items, it also has a design function that will "build" items, frame generators (structures), wiring and tubing generators and even do the engineering math, FEA etc for you, very handy for those that need it. Fusion doesn't have those functions yet. There is an Inventor HSM add on program available for those that need CAM. I don't do CAM so I can't say much about it.

Solidworks and Inventor may be in direct competition but I tried it ( Solidworks) once and wasn't impressed. It seems to be the automatic go to program for many but to me the interface was kind of cartoonish and I find Inventor much more intuitive.

To each his own.

P.S. Elf, has anyone read a EULA ever. All 75 to 150 pages,no. Doses anyone care whats in them, No.

kendall
08-30-2017, 10:28 PM
P.S. Elf, has anyone read a EULA ever. All 75 to 150 pages,no. Doses anyone care whats in them, No.

Actually, I have read a lot of EULAs, and surprisingly, a whole crap load of things that people are adamant about not being allowed by the terms, are not even mentioned.