Autodesk Australia announces that customers can now purchase access to a range of Autodesk desktop software on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. This software rental option is in addition to the traditional licensing system, and broadly expands the customer’s choices in how to access and pay for Autodesk software.

Autodesk customers will now be able to pay as they go for all of the company’s latest Design and Creation Suites, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, and the new Autodesk Maya LT. The new payment option offers designers, engineers and visual effects artists a cost-effective way to get started with Autodesk software with virtually no upfront capital costs, and to quickly ramp up projects using industry-leading Autodesk software. 

Customers who choose to purchase monthly, quarterly or annual rental plans will receive similar benefits to Autodesk Subscription customers including staying current with the latest product updates, access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services and basic support.

Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president of Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk explains that the new model was created for customers who wanted more choices and flexibility in how they accessed Autodesk’s portfolio of design, engineering and entertainment creation tools. Autodesk expects rental plans to be attractive across all the industries served, especially for freelancers, start-ups or businesses with project-based work. 

He adds that this model allows customers to compete with the highest quality, industry leading software, while using only what they need when they need it.

The option to purchase a monthly, quarterly or annual rental plan will be available starting September 16, 2013. New rental plans apply to products including Autodesk AutoCAD Design Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya LT. Availability varies by country.