No more AutoCAD Educational plot stamps or warnings, part 2

This is an update to a related post from earlier this year.

Historically, drawing (.DWG) files created with an educational version of AutoCAD were, for lack of a better word, purposely “infected” with a plot stamp that would appear on prints (paper or electronic) indicating the drawing was created and/or edited in an educational product. Starting with SP1 for AutoCAD 2014, the educational plot stamp was still embedded in the drawing, but it would no longer plot. Now beginning with the 2015 Autodesk products, the plot stamp for EDU products has been removed completely.

Autodesk educational team representative Andre Davis says “The strategy to remove the educational plot stamp from all Autodesk products was to align the user experience for users in both the education and professional arenas. The intent was to remove some of the boundaries that made the products look and feel different.”

If you are a user of a commercial license of AutoCAD:

  • How do you feel about the removal of the EDU plot stamp?
  • Does this give potential dishonest competitors an advantage since they can simply obtain the EDU (i.e.: free) version of AutoCAD and produce commercial work with it?
  • Any other comments or concerns?




It's probably more a reality of knowing that the Autodesk products are easily downloaded in other places illegally. If I where Autodesk I'd prefer to have an official relationship with students rather having them download it illegally to get rid of the watermark. An easier transition to paying for the product once they do join the real world.

Well, there is quite a strong feeling of discomfort running 100+ Licences on 2014 SP1 for the next couple of years and knowing we could unknowingly be the channel of EDU stamps among people working with earlier releases...
Else i don't really care about the EDU stamp - we received one drawing once in the last 10 years and we asked the sender to "get professional", Autodesk might also change their mind in a couple of years... who knows.


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