Students and faculty have been able to get free 13-month licences of selected Autodesk software titles for several years, and now the company expands the program to the unemployed in the fields of architecture, engineering, design, and manufacturing. From the newly created Autodesk Assistance Program portal, you can download any of the following:
- Inventor Professional
- Revit Architecture
- Civil 3D
The portal has links to free online training, as well as the opportunity to write certification exams at a discount.
So how does Autodesk tell if you really are unemployed? You have to hand over the names of your former employer and human resources contact, and then Autodesk will spot-check that your former boss really was mean enough to fire you.
At 13 months, this is the most generous program for laid off CAD users -- other than CAD software that already is free, like Alibre Xpress and IMSI/design's DoubleCAD. Programs from other CAD vendors are typically good for six or 12 months.
Offer valid until the end of this year.