I'm at my wit's end and a complete nervous wreck because of AutoDesk's
strange 'support'. I would just like to get the following information:
- What is the nearest 'Autodesk Academic Value Added Reseller' to
Hannover, Germany? I want to get REAL contact data, please
(e.g., company name, street address, phone number, e-mail).
By some mysterious reason, the AutoDesk 'support' blatantly refuses to
give me that information.
- I do NOT want to get the internet address of the AutoDesk shop -
this doesn't sell Academic licenses, and I cannot ask the shop any
of my several questions, anyway.
- I do NOT want to get the internet address of AutoDesk's reseller
search - by some mysterious reason, this does not work for me,
because it stocially tells me that there is NO reseller in the
whole of Germany, which I simply cannot believe (EAGLE is a German
If any of you can answer my question, please do so - thanks.
And now, just for your reference, here a rendition of my extremely
unhealthy experiences with the so-called AutoDesk 'support', which is
anything BUT supportive. I would NEVER have thought that such
overwhelming stupidity and mindboggling ignorance could be possible for
a company like AutoDesk, but, sadly, I apparently was completely
mistaken. I decided to make the nightmarishly strange mailings available
in this post, in the hope that SOMEBODY from AutoDesk can do something
about it - AutoDesk 'support' obviously cannot.
Additionally, somebody might even have a good laugh at my increasingly
frantic (and futile) efforts to locate an appropriate Academic EAGLE
Our institute has a 30-user license of EAGLE. Initially, such a thing
cost about 6000,- EUR, but, since we have been using EAGLE for about 20
years (and I myself use it even longer), we only had to pay the UPDATE
price (50% discount). This we paid for every new version of EAGLE, which
happened, say, once every 3 years. Therefore, our 30-user licence cost
us around one thousand bucks a year, which is nice.
With the new license scheme, the price would rocket up: 30 Premium
licences (which we would need) for 648.55EUR each sum up to a whopping
TWENTY THOUSAND BUCKS A YEAR! Obviously, this factor-of-twenty price
increase is not acceptable for us, especially since our institute is a
non-profit organisation that gets most of its money from taxes.
Most of our users are students, which would probably get the version for
free (but can the free student version cope create boards that are
larger than those in the 'Standard' version? I could not find that
information anywhere), but other people are not. Additionally, we have
PhD students, Post-Docs etc., and it is completely unclear whether or
not those are entitled to free versions. Therefore, I decided to phone
AutoDesk support Germany:
1. The support guy was friendly and sympathised with our dislike
of a price increase by a factor of 20 and promised to look into
2. After a short time, I got a return call in which he told me that
it COULD be that our institute would PERHAPS be eligible for free
licences, but he couldn't say for sure, and he would need to 'open
a case' with Education support, so that they can inform us about
the possibility of getting educational licenses. His original
(German) answer was:
'Sehr geehrter Herr Andreas Weidner,
Vielen Dank für Ihre Anfrage.
Ich habe das Ticket Nr.
Hope this helps.
Thank you and have a nice day!'
3. Unfortunately, that Internet page didn't work for me, because by
some reason, it told me that there was NO reseller in Germany at all
(no reseller within 1000km distance from Hanover, Germany). This
might have been a web page or browser problem, so I made a
screenshot to show that the reseller search really didn't work,
and wrote back:
'thanks for the info. Unfortunately, it does NOT help:
- Your very strange reseller search tells me that there is NO
reseller available in Germany (1000km distance from Hanover).
This is of course rubbish - see the attached screen shot.
Since your web page doesn't work properly, I would ask YOU to
send me the contact data of the nearest Autodesk Academic Value
Added Reseller - thanks.
With best regards,
PS: WHY is it so excruciatingly difficult to get price and
reseller information from Autodesk? I asked CadSoft - they told
me to contact Autodesk. I asked Autodesk Germany - they send the
case to America. You told me to open a web page - which doesn't
This was answered as follows:
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.
This helpline is setup only to answer the questions pertaining to
the download, installation and activation of the products
available on Education Community website.
We request you to contact our Autodesk Representative using this
link (http://www.autodesk.com/company/contact-us) to resolve your
Hope this helps!
4. This just links to the default AutoDesk site, with NO special
information on how to resolve my problem. The only thing I could
have done was try to use the reseller search, which just doesn't
work. Therefore, I wrote back, quite irritated:
'NO, IT DOES NOT! In my last e-mail I specifically told that this
link does NOT work with me, because it doesn't find any
representative in the whole of Germany (see the attached screen
shot again - which I just cannot believe)!
Since your link does NOT work, please send me the contact data of
the nearest Autodesk Academic Value Added Reseller. Please NO
LINK, but VALID contact data with street address, phone number
and e-mail address. Thanks.
If you don't tell me where to buy your software (but keep
sending me internet links that don't work), I obviously cannot
Which resulted in the answer:
'Dear Andreas Weidner,
If you cannot find the re seller then please buy/purchase the
product from the Autodesk store on the below link..
We hope this helps.'
But that shop does NOT sell academic licenses!
5. Furious now, I wrote:
'NO, as usual with Autodesk 'support', it does NOT:
- Your shop is no use for academic purchases, as Autodesk was so
kind to inform me the first time I tried.
- Your reseller search form does NOT work, either. I KNOW that
there is a reseller somewhere in Germany, but your search form
tells me none.
WILL YOU NOW FINALLY TELL ME THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AN
'AUTODESK ACADEMIC VALUE ADDED RESELLER' THAT CAN SELL US 'EAGLE
PREMIUM' IN GERMANY (PREFERABLY NEAR HANNOVER), OR DO YOU STILL
BLATANTLY REFUSE TO TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS WHERE TO BUY YOUR
PS: NEVER, EVER in my life have I encountered a 'support' this
bad! Why the heck do I need to make three phone calls and send
five e-mails, and STILL don't know how to buy your software? Your
company DOES deal in software, or has this changedat some time?'
The answer was:
We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you.
We request you to please purchase the product from the Autodesk
store on the below link..
We hope this helps.
I get the overwhelming impression that
- the support personnel is stupid, and/or
- the support personnel doesn't read my questions, and/or
- the support personnel just ignores my questions, and/or
- that I myself cracked up at some point along the way...
Anyway, I now gave up trying to get anything out of this 'support'.
That's not a support, but a booby hatch!
What I simply cannot even BEGIN to understand is WHY the English
AutoDesk support refuses to tell me an Academic reseller. Shouldn't it
be in the interest of a software company to sell their products?
In the next days, I'll probably contact the GERMAN support by phone
again (the only guy that was helpful), ask THEM for an address, and
plead with them for valid contact data WITHOUT going through English
support, because that way complete madness lies...