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Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by RogerClark » Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:09 pm

I just got an email (as a CadSoft customer) to tell me that CadSoft had been acquired by Autodesk

I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing really.

I've been moving away from using Eagle for some time now, and its unlikely to change my mind on proprietary vs open source.


The main reason that CadSoft sent the notification was because of the sharing of personal information with Autodesk.
So I've replied to their email, requesting that they do not share my data. (as the link the posted to Autodesk's privacy policy seemed to have no way to opt out)

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by randybb » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:32 am

Really? They informed their customers about it only this month? http://hackaday.com/2016/06/29/the-eagl ... -autodesk/ | http://hackaday.com/2016/07/05/the-future-of-eagle-cad/
...but it depends from your preferences. In case you don't want to learn anything new, then you have to stick with them. In other case there is KiCad :)

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by racemaniac » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:06 pm

randybb wrote:Really? They informed their customers about it only this month? http://hackaday.com/2016/06/29/the-eagl ... -autodesk/ | http://hackaday.com/2016/07/05/the-future-of-eagle-cad/
...but it depends from your preferences. In case you don't want to learn anything new, then you have to stick with them. In other case there is KiCad :)
I also read this news a while ago, and had been trying eaglecad a few times to see how to make pcb's.
last week i tried a kicad tutorial, and damn i understand why people prefer it. in half an hour i had gotten trough the tutorial and made a basic pcb >_<.
with eaglecad i was constantly wondering why it was so complicated >_<

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by RogerClark » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:07 pm

I only got a notification a few days ago.

I asked for my details not to be passed to AutoDesk but so far CadSoft didnt bother to confirm my request

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by victor_pv » Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:41 am

There is one advantage from Autodesk acquisition, now besides the free license they offer a academic license for free with up to 6 layers.
It's valid for students, educators, and companies making less than 100k a year according to this:
https://www.element14.com/community/thr ... this-means

It also increases the PCB area over the free license, which may come handy for some boards.

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by RogerClark » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:50 pm

Thanks Victor...

I will need to check if my basic commercial license now has those features, as previously it was limited to 10cm and 2 layers.

In which case the free version would have more features.

Edit.

I just looked at Cadsoft.io and the 6 layer (etc) version only applies if you have a .edu domain.

So things don't really appear to have changed for most people.

I am generally migrating to KiCad anyway, so this doesn't impact me.

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Re: Autodesk acquires CadSoft

Post by victor_pv » Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:27 pm

Bummer.

I think the original post from Autocad said they would have a free license also for startups and another for non-profit usage, but I don't see a separate link other than the educational one, or the normal free restricted one.

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