Over the last two weeks, my Eudora email client's In box has been inundated with messages bearing the subject lines:
Autodesk AutoCAD 2008
AutoCAD ready to download
AutoCAD OEM version
AutoCAD 2008 software adds features to help make everyday tasks
These are spams for a site that sells bootleg software, such as AutoCAD 2008 for $129.95. (They claim, incorrectly, that the retail price is $6720.) The good news is that students needn't pay $130 for a bootleg copy.
Students and teachers can get it for free from Autodesk's own students.autodesk.com Web site. All you need is an email address associated with an approved educational institution, and to register your personal information. Now that I am teaching part-time at BCIT, I tried it, and found that it works.
As does most Autodesk software, it runs for 30 days. Enter a valid license number (provided by the school), and the software runs for 14 months, long enough until the next annual update is released.