I've just got off the phone with my local Autodesk reseller who's informed me of the new pricing for Student>Commercial upgrades on Autodesk products for 2013.
We were both in agreement that it's quite ridiculous, and he'd had a lot of complaints that he'd forwarded to Autodesk. I'm keen to hear some thoughts on this because it seems crazy.
In previous years (2012 and prior) a student could purchase the 'Entertainment Creation Suite' education version for around £250 here in the UK, and following graduation, could upgrade either Max or Maya to a full commercial license for around £600. I always thought this was a fantastic opportunity for both students to get themselves a legit copy of a primary 3D app, and also for Autodesk to secure some brand loyalty early on with graduates.
However, for reasons only know to Autodesk, you can no longer upgrade to individual packages, and must upgrade to the corresponding Suite.
So, you buy the Entertainment Creation Suite for £250, and then upgrade to the commercial version of the same suite... for £5000!!
Not only are students unlikely to be in a position to find $5000, they are also unlikely to need 90% of what's included in the Suite (Maya/Max, Mudbox, MotionBuilder, Softimage, Sketchbook).
I just can't see how they're going to sell any licenses to students now. I mean, if you've got money coming in, either as an experienced freelancer or indeed as an established studio, then of course £3000+ a seat is a cost that is recovered quickly, but for a graduate - I think it's pretty crazy to expect them to find that kind of money.
I for one cannot afford that in the slightest and will have to purchase an alernative like Modo.