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Robo Pi
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2019-09-06 8:38 am  
Posted by: @pugwash

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The usual tactic is to hide a little something (i.e. an expiry date) deep in the OS on your computer. If you can remember what day you installed it on, you may be able to find, alter or delete the file.

Nevertheless, my research says it costs $495/year! Still a bit steep for the hobbyist!

I could try turning the clock back to earlier dates next spring when I approach the expiration date.  See if that works.

By the way I found the expiration date in the Help menu on the ABOUT dialog box.    As far as I can see that's the only place it's written.   Usually when software is temporary they have a major countdown reminder that they keep shoving in your face to remind  you that the software is about to quit on you.

I guess Fusion 360 is going to wait until next March and then jump on me with something like "Time's UP sucker!  Buy it or die!"

Like I say, $100 a year would even be painful, but that's a pain I'd be willing to tolerate.  $500 a year is a bit too much for a hobbyist who isn't making any money from it.  If I could figure out how to make money with it then I wouldn't mind paying for it.  But right now I have no idea how to go about doing that.

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Pugwash
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2019-09-06 9:16 am  
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Posted by: @robo-pi

(Where's the slap head emoji?)

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byron
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2019-09-06 11:49 am  
Posted by: @robo-pi

UPDATE: Concerning Trial Time Limit of the Startup version of Fusion 360

@moneer81

After a little more searching I was able to discover that my Fusion 360 will eventually expire.  Sadly.

According to the Guy with a Swiss Accent Fusion 360 has a free license for a year for students and hobbyists, but he was able to renew 'without significant problems'.  I've still got six months to go before I have to renew but I do hope I can having put some effort into learning the basics.   If anyone gets to renew before my time is up than do please let us know if you succeed. 


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Pugwash
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2019-09-06 2:02 pm  

@robo-pi

Have a look at "AppCleaner" for Windows. This may help to find all the residual files when uninstalling Fusion360 on its expiry date. I use the macOS version and until now have found it very useful at cleaning up the mess some programs leave when deleting them.

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ETinkerer
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2019-09-06 2:57 pm  

I think I have heard or read that after 1 year Fusion 360 expires and all you need to do is renew. Something about them wanting to keep track of who is using it or how its being used is the reason to renew. 

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Robo Pi
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2019-09-06 4:31 pm  
Posted by: @byron

According to the Guy with a Swiss Accent Fusion 360 has a free license for a year for students and hobbyists, but he was able to renew 'without significant problems'.

Posted by: @etinkerer

I think I have heard or read that after 1 year Fusion 360 expires and all you need to do is renew. Something about them wanting to keep track of who is using it or how its being used is the reason to renew. 

Yeah, I was thinking that might also be possible.  That would be really nice.

Fusion 360 does automatically upload everything you do to their cloud.   So they definitely have access to all your files and can easily watch you like big brother.  That's fine with me, I really don't care about that.  But you can also use Fusion 360 locally without the Internet.  I will run.  The only thing is as soon as the Internet is available it automatically uploads all your files to the cloud.

They explain that they do this for two reasons.

First, their file keeping system retains every single version of your drawings.  This way you can always go back to a previous version and never lose anything.  When people are left to saving files themselves on their local computer they don't bother saving a new version every time they edit.  So this kind of forces you to keep everything you do just in case you ever want to go back to it.   And it's all stored on their cloud so it doesn't take up unnecessary space on your hard drive.  That actually is a good feature.

The other reason they give is that they also make it possible for multiple engineers to be working on the same project, kind of like coders do on GitHub.  So for this reason keeping everyone's updates to drawings on the cloud makes sure that everyone is up to date with the latest changes.

So I don't mind them sucking all my drawings up to their cloud.  I'm not designing anything that I don't want anyone to know about.  But an expired Fusion 360 would put an end to all the fun.   So hopefully it can be renewed for free legitimately by just a simple request.  That would be cool.

I actually wouldn't even mind paying for it.  But not $500 or $720 a year.   They'd need to bring that down to at least $100/year.  And even that would be a pain in the wallet.  But probably worth it.  It is a fantastic CAD package, I can't deny that.

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