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  10 October 2013
Autodesk to invest in DeviantART

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"Online art community deviantART is announcing that it has received a strategic investment from software company Autodesk.

The financial terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but deviantART co-founder and CEO Angelo Sotira told me this makes Autodesk his company’s largest investor. Autodesk’s vice president of consumer products, Samir Hanna, will be joining the deviantART board of directors, but Sotira also said the deal doesn’t affect “control of the organization” (in other words, deviantART remains a founder-controlled company)."

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/26/de...todesk-funding/
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  10 October 2013
They don't get it do they their board needs to go..

Customers want development not some attempt to turn a cold faceless company into some touch freely organisation by acquiring stuff like this. One second they are talking about how they are firing a stack of workers next minute they are pouring money acquiring a picture sharing site because clearly that is what the users are begging for.

What kind of lunacy is this do they even understand the demographic of people who use a site like deviant art.

What they need to do is consolidate their product lines significantly increase R&D re-investment treat customers like first class citizens not hold them at ransom for short term gains for share holders, only acquire products that fill a technology void not double up on stuff (Naiad was a good buy XSI not so much).

I feel bad for the developers :/
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  10 October 2013
It's a good thing that *somebody* is supporting a site that is made up mostly of beginning artists' first attempts to draw a dragon. This could really turn Autodesk's fortunes around.
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  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by Kabab: Naiad was a good buy XSI not so much

As a user of Softimage, I couldn't agree more. Really wish The Foundry would have picked up XSI.
 
  10 October 2013
Adobe bought Behance for better Creative Cloud service and What about Autodesk and DeviantART?
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  10 October 2013
Haha, DeviantArt.. really ? Autodesk must be desperate to spend some money on something. I can't wait to see how they plan on integrating DeviantArt into 3DSMAX.

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  10 October 2013
Autodesk have consistently fired developers and under delivered on products for a number of years Adobe has been much better.

Also Adobe has a much bigger prosumer and hobby customer base where as Autodesk creates software for professional / business use so it actually makes sense for Adobe.

User who's lively hood is tied to these tools have the right to be pissed off when they pay $$$ for subs only to see developers of their product line get fired but at the same time Adsk is dropping cash on things like this it's a very poor allocation of resources and quiet frankly insulting to customers.
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  10 October 2013
Interesting post by Spacefrog on Maxunderground

No more updates from 2015

From Autodesk investor day, Autodesk will no longer provide product updates from Feb 2015, you either have to rent, subscribe, or buy a new seat.
 
  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by Steve Green: Interesting post by Spacefrog on Maxunderground

No more UPGRADES from 2015

From Autodesk investor day, Autodesk will no longer provide product UPGRADES from Feb 2015, you either have to rent, subscribe, or buy a new seat.


Steve: There has something gone wrong with your URL linking. Here's the working maxunderground link
http://www.maxunderground.com/archi...deviantart.html

And just for reference, besides listening to the talk, you'll find that info about end of upgrade possibility on pages 25/26 off the following PDF
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/Externa...TF8VHlwZT0z&t=1


Edit: replaced "update" with "UPGRADE" to prevent confusion
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  10 October 2013
Quote: Originally Posted by Steve Green
Interesting post by Spacefrog on Maxunderground

No more updates from 2015

From Autodesk investor day, Autodesk will no longer provide product updates from Feb 2015, you either have to rent, subscribe, or buy a new seat.



so basically when a new version comes out you cannot buy the upgrade. i guess they want everyone to be on subs if you bought the full product.
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  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by spacefrog: Steve: There has something gone wrong with your URL linking. Here's the working maxunderground link
http://www.maxunderground.com/archi...deviantart.html

And just for reference, besides listening to the talk, you'll find that info about end of upgrade possibility on pages 25/26 off the following PDF
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/Externa...TF8VHlwZT0z&t=1


Thanks for the fixed (and extra) link!
 
  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by Artbot: It's a good thing that *somebody* is supporting a site that is made up mostly of beginning artists' first attempts to draw a dragon. This could really turn Autodesk's fortunes around.


Don't forget the never ending depths of DAZ porn. Sometimes I wonder why I even put stuff up there, but the site itself is really convenient as a place to get more eyeballs on personal projects. PROTIP: submit all 3D work to the interior/exterior galleries. Those are mostly people who modeled and textured their own stuff. The rest is...this kind of shit
 
  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by DuttyFoot: so basically when a new version comes out you cannot buy the upgrade. i guess they want everyone to be on subs if you bought the full product.


Hmm.. the wording was "Autodesk will not provide product *updates* any longer".

I read that to mean i.e. service packs rather than point-release upgrades. But that can't be right, can it?
 
  10 October 2013
Originally Posted by Stapledon: Hmm.. the wording was "Autodesk will not provide product *updates* any longer".

I read that to mean i.e. service packs rather than point-release upgrades. But that can't be right, can it?


Yep - my wording is wrong - i should have written "Upgrades" meaning possibility to upgrade from a older major version at reduced cost. See the mentioned PDF to see they use the word "upgrade. "I'll correct my posts to prevent even more confusion....
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  10 October 2013
Aha, that makes more sense

Fits right in with their new forward-thinking M.O. Down with hangers-on!
 
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