Flex licensing for on-demand Autodesk software use

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November 3, 2021 | All

Design technology was supposed to make life easier and increase efficiency. But sometimes it does not feel like that to Catherine. She manages a 450-person company with multiple locations and divisions, and she has a business management challenge when it comes to some of the Autodesk software subscriptions the staff uses.

Although the subscriptions are annual, there are times the end users go for months without using certain products – for instance 3ds Max. When the cost of this unused software is multiplied by the number of locations that require subscriptions, it really adds up to less efficient use of Catherine’s software budget. While she wants to trim down costs, the company needs to maintain access to software tools that are important for certain jobs.


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That is where Autodesk Flex licensing comes in. This pay-as-you-go model for single-day or on-demand occasional use launched in September, 2021. It enables companies to pay to use certain Autodesk software products on demand. Under Flex licensing, occasional software users can get access to over three dozen Autodesk products using “tokens.” Tokens can be purchased in advance in lots of 500 and are valid for one year from purchase date. Under Flex licensing, the tokens enable users to access their chosen software product for 24 hours at a time.

When it comes to Flex licensing, Applied Software has your back, so you can get the most cost-effective use out of your Autodesk software. Industry trained Applied Software advisors will help you evaluate software use within your company and decide which of the software products your company has subscribed to could best be managed by Flex licensing.

For example, if your end user needs to use Autodesk Revit, you simply submit ten tokens for 24 hours of software use. You then assign access for the specific product to your Autodesk named user.

Of the 37 available for Autodesk Flex use, the top six products include AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, 3ds Max, Maya, and Fusion 360. Other popular products are Advance Steel, AutoCAD Architecture, Map 3D, Civil 3D, Raster Design, Fabrication CADmep, Plant 3D, and Infraworks. In addition, there are fourteen products included with Flex use that are free of charge, for example Civil 3D Grading Optimization, Revit Generative Design, Factory Design Utilities, and Desktop Connector.

Flex licensing gives companies more options for purchasing and making products accessible to users.

Not only does Flex licensing enable better economy and cost management for occasional software use, it can allow companies to expand the types of software they use and, thus, the variety of projects they can work on in the future.


When you need an experienced partner to help you navigate through Autodesk Flex licensing, contact Applied Software. The experts of Applied will help you investigate the solutions that are right for your company.