Sunday, August 23, 2020

Autodesk Doesn't Care About Civil 3D

 Autodesk recently released Project Explorer for Civil 3D. Project Explorer is adequately named in that it only works with Civil 3D and no other Autodesk products. Instead of adding value to Civil 3D subscribers, Autodesk has decided to once again give the middle finger to Civil 3D subscribers and added the purchase to the AEC Collection instead of the Civil 3D subscription. The only product Project Explorer for Civil 3D works within the AEC Collection is Civil 3D. There seems to be no logical reason to add it to the AEC Collection only. 

I'm finding very little value across the AEC Collection since all I would use it for would be to access Civil 3D. I find InfraSucks a horrible product and Revit isn't of much use since I don't design buildings.

A subscription benefit is supposed to "Get instant access to the latest releases and enhancements." 

I'm not seeing the disclaimer of "...unless you subscribe to Civil 3D". So why isn't Autodesk providing Project Explorer for Civil 3D to Civil 3D Subscribers? 

For this reason, I'm officially telling people not to use or purchase Civil 3D or the AEC Collection. Autodesk doesn't care about you, and this adds to my existing long list of reasons. Find a different software provider that wants to give you value for the products you are paying for instead of taking your money, putting the money into different software, and then come back and tell you you have to pay more to get what you've already paid for. Autodesk isn't delivering on their promise of access to the latest releases and enhancements, so don't deliver your money to Autodesk. 


Unknown said...

I'm working on updating our company to 2021.1 Civil 3d. Project Explorer looks like a great tool. But now I have to decide who to shaft by giving them a Civil 3d Standalone license vs an AEC License.

Thanks Autodesk, I appreciate it!

Wes Ashworth said...

Amen! said...

Yep i think the general consensus (from autodesk anyway) is one day everything will be done in infraworks. So Civil 3D is a dead horse...

Its time to pivot..

Guido said...

Yes, that is what we see.
But this might be completed in 100 years

Anonymous said...

Preach! Just wasted 3 hours reading about this, got excited for the new functionality, spent an hour trying to find out how to install and then found out the reality of being a C3D subscriber. We don't get new features, we just get new releases.

Jack said...

Pretty much sums up Autodesk - MONOPOLY.

No alternative to Civil 3D, so they can do as they please.

vorno said...

Has anyone actually come across a proper alternative to Civil 3D?

...There are plenty of alternatives to AutoCAD but none that I have encountered like Civil 3D as a 1-stop-shop.

There are "specialist" softwares like 12D and OpenRoads.... but not really what I'm after!

I too, share the many frustrations that Autodesk products bring, but haven't found a better alternative.


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