Perpetual License vs Subscription Based License

by | Sep 23, 2020 | 0 comments

CAD licensing pricing structures can be very confusing, especially for first-time buyers. Two decades ago, things were different, but now with abundant options available at your disposal, it can be intimidating to decide on perfect CAD software for your business or design needs.

There are a lot of options available on both sides of the wall, you can either get a subscription-based CAD service or a perpetual license. Let us check out the pros and cons of both alternatives.

The more traditional model to purchase a CAD software is with a perpetual license. You are supposed to pay upfront, or with easy payment installments and you get the right to use the CAD software indefinitely.

Typically, this type of license, i.e. a perpetual license is assigned to a specific user, user’s computer, and a definite number of computers. It can also be assigned to a piece of hardware like a dongle or a network accessed by users.

The software provider also gives an option to pay for annual technical support at a fraction of license cost, product up-gradation, and support to keep your software up to date.

So, the subscription of CAD software is analogous to leasing the software rather than owning it, unlike the perpetual licensing. The subscription of the CAD software allows you to pay the fees per user basis, either monthly, quarterly, or annually and lets you use the CAD software during the term of subscription validity.

Usually, the subscription fee includes the software license, access to support services, and up-gradation of the CAD software to newer versions as released. Generally, the subscription-based CAD software licensing is cloud-based.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a definite answer for which is better, Perpetual, or subscription-based license, there is no right or wrong answer, and only what is right for your business.

  • Subscription license renders you with a lower initial cost but over time, the cost increases significantly. Also, if you do not renew, the software is of no use to you.
  • The biggest advantage of a perpetual license is that they cost a little bit more up-front but less over time, also, unlike subscription-based licenses, it never expires.
  • There is no big difference in the functionality. Which is best? The decision is for you to make.

IGiS CAD Offers a Perpetual Licensing Model

IGiS CAD is a new age CAD software, developed by keeping in mind the new-age designers. IGiS CAD believes in providing its users with unique and best options for their unique business needs. Hence, IGiS Cad believes in providing users with the safety and security of a perpetual licensing CAD software model.

IGiS CAD not only is beneficial for the end-users, but also the software provider. It enables the software provider with the flexibility to address and meet their customers’ needs. This also means that IGiS CAD is flexible enough to adjust and customize the licensing models according to the unique business requirements of the end-users.

After considering the benefits, however, you will see why companies are increasingly choosing the cost-effectiveness, value for money, easy adaptability, perpetual ownership and physical possession of the data by opting for IGiS CAD software.

The final choice is yours to make. IGiS CAD is always there to help by providing a CAD solution that is tailored and customized to meet your needs to the fullest.