On February 4th Autodesk Inc. announced a major change to the CAD software suites offered to K-12 middle and high schools
What does this mean for us?
This means the Autodesk Design Academy and Entertainment Creation Suites are now free to our middle and high schools to use for the next three years.
If you currently have paid for the Autodesk software there are no refunds, but now you can use more of the software suite.
Are there limitations to the use of the software?
The software must be installed by TIS on a District computer, the software cannot be installed on personal computers.
We can only install the software on 125 computers per school.
The current license is for three years with no upgrades. Autodesk may continue this program but we won't know that for a while.
Before the software can be installed, we need to make sure the computers meet the required specifications. AutoDesk is a very resource intensive software and may not work on older computers
How do I get this software installed at my school?
Contact Sharleen Grove in the Curriculum department so she can talk to you about the expectations of participating in this program.
Your school will need to submit a Life Ring Support Request indicating that you are interested in using the software.
TIS will schedule a meeting with you and the appropriate staff to determine what your needs are and where the software will be used.
After this meeting TIS will need to evaluate the school's computers to ensure they meet the required technical specifications, and if they do we will add this installation task to our project list.
We ask that your staff NOT sign up with Autodesk to download the software, attempt to install the software or sign any agreement from the Autodesk web site, these tasks need to be handled by TIS.
What is the full offer from AutoDesk?
"Autodesk, Inc. is joining with President Barack Obama and other leading technology and telecom companies to help prepare American high school students for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) careers. The company will expand its Design the Future program, and make available $250 million of 3D design software, project-based curricula, training and certification to every middle and high school in the United States in 2014."
The software that is available includes the following:
Autodesk® Design Academy offers secondary educators the right toolset to engage students in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The comprehensive software suite's design, visualization, and simulation capabilities enable students to easily move between 2D and 3D design environments and fully experience their creative ideas digitally.
AutoCAD (including Architecture, Civil 3D & Mechanical), Inventor, 3ds Max Design
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
Autodesk® Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate offers academic institutions exceptional value and provides a streamlined solution for teaching 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texture painting, animation, effects, and rendering. The suite includes Autodesk software products that expose students to a broad set of professional tools, and it supports development of specialized skills that are easily transferable across a wide variety of industries.
Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, SketchBook Designer
Windows 7 64bit, 3.0GHz+ P4 or Xeon E3 or Core i7, 8GB RAM, 200GB HD, Microsoft DirectX 10.1 + w/512MB graphics (for 3D DirectX11+)