Providing yet another entry in the it’ll never happen again file, Autodesk has issued a fix for an AutoCAD 2018 subscription licensing crash.
Thankfully, it’s not compulsory to use the execrable Autodesk desktop app or malware-like Akamai download manager to obtain this fix. There are direct links for the 32-bit and 64-bit fixes.
Lessons we learned from this:
- AutoCAD doesn’t just phone home once every 30 days to maintain even a long-term a subscription license, it phones home 24 hours later too. And probably every 24 hours after that.
- Desktop software that relies on the internet to continue working is a terrible idea.
- Yes, it will happen again.
Well my 2018 perpetual seat works offline like it has since day one and I have learned to work around persistent bugs and best of all no money to Autodesk.
Of course Autodesk being confident of it’s go online model offers to make anyone whole for lost time and lost IP due to Autodesk products don’t they?