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May 03, 2007


Scott Sheppard

I was in direct correspondence yesterday with this user whose activation code did not work. It turns out he tried to activate the Autodesk Inventor LT technology preview on a second computer using the same serial number. This resulted in the following post to my blog:


Evan Yares

It's worthwhile to read the EULA for Inventor LT. It says you may only use the software for testing and evaluation purpose.

In short, you may not actually use it do do any meaningful work.

And, by the way, the EULA also says anyone who is a competitor to Autodesk may not use the software.


Perhaps people who are interested in Inventor LT should consider XchangeWorks (from SolidWorks).

This tool has been given away for free to AutoCAD and MDT users for several years.

It provides import ability IGES, STEP, VDA-FS, SAT(ACIS), Parasolid SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER and Unigraphics formats.

It also includes the SolidWorks part modeling environment, which can be launched from inside AutoCAD.

I should also mention that the EULA for XchangeWorks does not have the limitations you mentioned for Inventor LT.

Greg Milliken

Hey, OK, I admit to enjoying raging against the machine just a little bit.

I suppose the EULA restriction means I can't download it. I know we have plenty of Autodesk employees who have downloaded and installed Alibre Design Xpress, not to mention employees from every other "competitor" too. I guess that just highlights the difference in our philosophies.

Anyway, just for giggles: http://alibre.typepad.com/alibre_ceo_blog/2007/05/i_dont_think_it.html

Jon Banquer

When you're part of the machine it's silly to pretend you're raging against it with Kmart discount CAD.

If someone really wants to "rage against the machine" they need to be creating or using a CAD product that can work quickly and efficiently with non-native CAD data and not just be a parametric only limited CAD solution.

Jon Banquer
San Diego, CA


Ralph, I learned aboutInventor LT from the Autodesk Labs blog, I later saw the posting within the newsgroup.

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