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Old 01 January 2013   #1
When is the best time to buy?

So I'm just about to buy Maya and I'm wondering whether I should buy now or wait until the next version comes out?

The Autodesk website has a clock ticking down until the upgrade prices go up. So there's that. On the other hand maybe the price increases won't be so much and it'll be worth paying the extra for the new feature?

So on the one hand, buy now for the "old" version at todays prices or wait and buy the new version at an unknown price.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Is the price increase likely to be high? Are the expected new features worth it?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01 January 2013   #2
The price for the full version has already undergone the pricing increase, the only reason you would want to worry about pricing changes is if you already had a license and were looking for an upgrade in which case you would want to upgrade now before the upgrade pricing increase. When the next version gets released it'll be the same price as it is now, the only thing that's changing soon in the future is the upgrade pricing.
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Old 01 January 2013   #3
Thanks DarthViper

Oh, right, because I've had my eye on the price and it doesn't seem to have changed in a while. When did the full price go up?

So I guess then, if the price will be the same, it would definitely be best to wait until the new version, provided it's not too far away...

When does the new version come out, I get he impression that it's around Feb-March.
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Old 01 January 2013   #4
Originally Posted by tmcthree: So I'm just about to buy Maya and I'm wondering whether I should buy now or wait until the next version comes out?

Check with your reseller, usually there's a grace period after buying a license where, if a new version comes out, you still get it even not under maintenance.
This policy has changed on and off several times, and I've seen that grace period fluctuate between 30 and 90 days before, so make sure you have it on paper from your reseller or an AD rep that you'll have one if you decide to buy.

Do you NEED a commercial license now? It doesn't sound like it, in which case, if you're still learning and all that, you could probably bide your time and go through the trial in the meantime, and after that ask a reseller for another month NFR non-commercial eval license if you are a serious prospect for them. Would at least buy you some time.

Quote: The Autodesk website has a clock ticking down until the upgrade prices go up. So there's that. On the other hand maybe the price increases won't be so much and it'll be worth paying the extra for the new feature?

The pricing changes on full versions are a thing of old.
The clock ticking is for the limited time reduced (or rather non-increased) upgrades. You don't need to be concerned with that for a new license.

Quote: So on the one hand, buy now for the "old" version at todays prices or wait and buy the new version at an unknown price.

You could also consider the maintenance contract to have the new version, and all future upgrades within the maintenance year, when they come out. Have you had a look at that financially?

Quote: Does anyone have any experience with this? Is the price increase likely to be high? Are the expected new features worth it?

Thanks in advance

A full new version, AFAIK, isn't suppose to change in pricing this year, or at least between now and Siggraph.
The new features are not even remotely announced or rumored/leaked yet. If anybody knew anything worth trusting them on in these regards, at this point in time very few people would, they wouldn't be able to tell you.
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Old 01 January 2013   #5
Thanks Jaco,

I'll check with AD about the grace period, that might be just the answer. And yeah I'm afraid I really do need a licence.

Originally Posted by ThE_JacO: The new features are not even remotely announced or rumored/leaked yet.


That would suggest to me that the release is a fair way off then?
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Old 01 January 2013   #6
I think the policy remains to only announce within the release quarter.
Given we're half way through Q1, I doubt it'll be a Feb/March release.

If it'll be a Siggraph release you will most likely not hear much until end of June, if it'll be a spring release you might hear about it earlier.

Given the last one and AD's yearly release policy I'd give it a 50/50 chance to be Q2 or Q3.

You can always follow Cory (Product Manager) on the area:
http://area.autodesk.com/blogs/cory

He'll usually be one of the first posting something about new Maya releases.
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Old 01 January 2013   #7
Just adding my 2 cents...

From memory, the last couple of Autodesk releases have been simultaneous - max, maya, mudbox, xsi, etc released at the same time. So if they are to repeat that and be released around March, it might be a good idea to purchase a licence in early April. That will be a couple weeks after the newest version comes out.

That way, if you have a subscription contract, then each year you will receive the newest version of Maya in the last month of your subscription contract, and will be at a very good position if you eventually decide to cancel your contract....you'll be quitting with the most recent possible version.
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Old 01 January 2013   #8
If you can buy time until March or beginning of April it's probably worth it.
But if you need a license before then for work, then the discussion is moot, and you should just buy one, and decide whether to gamble the maintenance money or not on whether the next release might suck horribly or be actually good
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Old 01 January 2013   #9
Thanks all, very helpful.

I think I'll just have to bite the bullet because I do need a license. In my mind, some revolutionary, must have technology will be invented, developed and released a week after I purchase. But that's not all that likely really is it, and given the current maya toolset, I think I'd probably get by anyway.

Thanks again
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Old 01 January 2013   #10
One other thing to keep in mind that might help - if you get Maya 2013 you'll be using a newer version than many studios most likely, as they tend to upgrade pretty slowly compared to individual users due to the size of their pipelines. 'If it ain't broke..' and all that.

Cheers,
Brian
 
Old 01 January 2013   #11
Originally Posted by Horganovski: One other thing to keep in mind that might help - if you get Maya 2013 you'll be using a newer version than many studios most likely, as they tend to upgrade pretty slowly compared to individual users due to the size of their pipelines. 'If it ain't broke..' and all that.

Cheers,
Brian


Ah, so what you're saying is, if I get Maya now, I'll be better than ILM.

That's good to know.

Thanks Brian!!
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Old 01 January 2013   #12
Heh heh, yes of course that's what I meant indeed

Cheers,
Brian
 
Old 01 January 2013   #13
When a new version of maya comes out it's never a good idea to buy it right away. New releases of maya usually have loads of bugs that need fixing. Wait until the first Serve pack comes out at least other wise you're paying to debug someone else's product.
 
Old 01 January 2013   #14
Thanks all

FYI

I found a reseller who gave me a discount on the product and threw in the subscription for free!
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