Autodesk will cease support for the five-year-old version of its flagship design software AutoCAD 14 from January 31 next year. But resellers only have until January 15 to migrate their customers to the new version, AutoCAD 2002, on the reduced upgrade price.
The upgrade from AutoCAD 14 to 2002 is $2524 prior to January 15, 2002. Failing this, customers will have to purchase a full commercial edition of the design suite at $7249. Autodesk has discontinued AutoCAD 14 in a bid to migrate customers to the latest release, said Andre Pravaz, Autodesk's regional director.
There have been three releases of the software since AutoCAD 14: AutoCAD 2000, AutoCAD 2000i and AutoCAD 2002. The majority of users have made the upgrade to later versions but Pravaz said there are "a few thousand" that hadn't.
Customers will still be able to use the old version, have access to Autodesk's knowledge base and some resellers may choose to continue to support the product after January 15. However, Autodesk will discontinue support contracts after that time.
AutoCAD 2002 has over 500 new and improved features compared with AutoCAD 14, said Pravaz, including the ability to view more documents in a single screen, additional command functions and Web-based content and file capability.
Autodesk said the latest version of its design software is on average 24 per cent faster than its predecessor. This leads to a significant increase in user productivity, said Pravaz.
Upgrading AutoCAD 14 to version 2002 may require a system upgrade, he added.