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Oct 03, 2022


Simon Weel

As for the hardware lock - that was quickly done and dusted in the US, but not for the rest of the world. I think it lasted 'till AutoCAD release 12 in Europe. If memory serves good, it was a serial dongle up to release 10 and then changed to a parallel port dongle.

As for 'the letter' - we were served that a couple of years ago. Not the most user-friendly folks at Autodesk. Guilty until proven otherwise. As noted, a lot of time is involved proving you're not using illegal software. The biggest joke being the Inventory tool provided by Autodesk. Don't know if it has changed over the last years, but we were supposed to use a third-party tool in trial mode. How ironic - Autodesk wants it's users to use a license inventory tool in trial mode to check for their licenses. Anyway, it served a lot of data that didn't make any sense. I believe we used about 200 licenses where we have a staff of 15 persons. After providing the results of the inventory tool, we were asked to provide additional information. No explanation as of why. And never heard of them again. As said, not the most user-friendly folks at Autodesk

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