There has been an interesting development in Autodesk pricing this week, in the form of a “pay as you go” business model named Flex. Flex is a “software rental” method where you can purchase tokens, either for yourself, or your team, and then use those tokens for a 24-hour period, meaning a set of tokens give you access to the software for 24 hours, although tokens don’t “roll-over” to the next day, and are used whether you used the app the entire day, or just a few hours that day.
Many of the Autodesk products are available on Flex, including Maya, Mudbox, Max, AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor (the full list is available on the Autodesk website), and every app requires a different amount of tokens.
Flex can be a very good option for those who use a software sporadically. For example, say you use Maya a lot (at least 2 or 3 times a week), it’s better to get a yearly subscription for $1,700, but if you need Maya, Mudbox and MotionBuilder, but you don’t use them so frequently, it may be better to pay $1,500 for 500 tokens, and not $3,740 for a yearly subscription of all 3 applications.
One thing I don’t quite like is how Autodesk has limited the minimum amount of tokens you can purchase. The minimum is 500 tokens for $1500, which may not make sense depending on the app you wanted to use with Flex. For example, it doesn’t make sense to get Flex just to use Mudbox, since a yearly Mudbox subscription is $90, and a monthly subscription is only $10. There should be a way to buy a custom amount of tokens just for what you need.
While I like the idea of “pay as you go” software, I believe in some instances Flex might be lacking a little more flexibility when it comes to pricing. Still, it’s good to have extra payment options when it comes to software.
Learn more about Autodesk Flex: https://www.autodesk.com/benefits/flex