Academic software

My free 30-day trial of Autodesk Revit ran out before I got through the training book, so I put it aside and didn’t think much about it for a couple of weeks. But today I was given a task in Revit in my new job and discovered, after meeting for an hour with the Revit trainer, that I actually know quite a bit about the program from those few weeks of fiddling with the training manual and the trial version. Hooray! That, of course, inspired me to purchase a one-year student license so I can finish up the training book.

For those of you who are students or educators, you can get the academic version of Revit at a number of on-line academic software vendors. This is the full legitimate program – not a “light” program and not bootlegged. With Autodesk, the only difference between the student version and the full version is that the student version prints “produced by an Autodesk educational product” around the perimeter of drawings.

The academic software vendors sell all sorts of programs at great discounts. The Autodesk programs, for example, are about 1/10th the price of the regular versions for a perpetual student license and about half that for a one-year license. I got my student one-year license for about $160; I’ve heard that the non-student program costs around $4,000. I bought a perpetual license for Adobe Creative Suite last year for $300 something (contains full versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Go-Live, and Image Ready).

Here are some vendors of academic software. I have used some, but not all of them. Search for the program you need and you may find more vendors.

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