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HONG KONG //December 16, 2013

Autodesk Broadens Availability of Tools with New Rental and Academic Offers

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(NASDAQ: ADSK), as a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, is announcing the all new Pay-as-you-go Access Rental Plans as well as the free access to Autodesk’s software suite for Academic Institutions offer at its annual media luncheon.

Both schemes are aiming to broaden the availability of Autodesk’s industry-leading tools for a bigger audience, as well as to allow Autodesk to continue its commitment in supporting, nurturing and educating the next generation of architects, engineers, designers and artists.

“The new rental plans will provide additional options for our customers to choose from when purchasing our products,” said Dr. Wendy Lee, Autodesk Hong Kong and Macau Branch Manager.  “We believe the new flexibility will attract more users to try out our products, especially for users that are more cash-strapped.  Freelancers and startups will definitely find the new plans very attractive.”

Pay-as-you-go Access Rental Plans

In order to broaden the availability of Autodesk solutions and help more cost-conscious users in different industries to get the best tools available on the market, Autodesk is introducing the Pay-as-you-go Access Rental Plans.  For the first time ever, in addition to traditional licenses, customers can purchase a range of Autodesk software on quarterly or annual basis.

Through the new rental plans, Autodesk is providing unprecedented convenience and flexibility for designers, engineers and visual effect artists to pay for their digital creativity tools.  Users who choose to adopt the new plans are able to get started and ramp up production with the industry’s best software with virtually zero up-front capital costs.  Rental customers will also enjoy similar benefits to Autodesk Subscription customers, including the latest product updates and select Autodesk 360 cloud services as well as basic support.

Academic Institutions Enjoy Free Access to 3D Design Software

Autodesk also wishes to exert its influence on generations of designers and engineers to come.  Looking to expose its products to the audience at an early age, Autodesk is offering academic institutions in Hong Kong and Macau free access to the full version of its latest 3D design software.

The expansion of the program to Hong Kong and Macau reaffirms Autodesk’s commitment in supporting the next generation of architects, engineers and designers worldwide.  Allowing academic institutions access to the software for free facilitates the education of design concepts and established industry processes such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Digital Entertainment Creation, Digital Prototyping and Sustainable Design.

Eligible institutions may apply for the grant software through Autodesk’s Academic Resource Center (ARC), an online portal for education institutions to obtain Autodesk’s design software for academic purposes.

To further reinforce its dedication towards the next generation, Autodesk is providing students worldwide free access to the latest 3D design software for non-commercial use. 35 Autodesk software and respective learning resources are currently available online at the Autodesk Education Community. The community also serves as a platform for students to seek for jobs and internships, as well as to showcase and discuss about their designs with peers. Autodesk also hosts resources for educators and instructors to use, as they can download suggested classroom curricula and Autodesk’s software for personal use, and to connect with their peers to exchange teaching experience and best practices within the secured site.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com.hk or follow @autodesk.

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