Thursday, February 25, 2010

Why no download for 64-bit AutoCAD trial?

I just helped a friend with finding a download for the trial of AutoCAD 64-bit and found that it was not available.

Location Error - Trial Download Request
Trial Not Available
This trial program is not available in some countries.

Still it was tried to be downloaded from US. The download page said “This offer is valid only in the United States and Canada.” but still it did not work.

So, this is hopefully a temporary bug but how about downloads from other countries?

After a short search I found that UK and Ireland and Sweden had downloads available from the local Autodesk sites and this might be true for other countries as well. Hope so.

On the topic of downloads:

Autodesk just introduced a New Upgrade Delivery Policy.

Starting in 2010, software download will become the default method for delivering software upgrades to Subscription customers in 37 participating countries. Subscription customers in these countries will no longer receive boxed shipments unless specifically requested; instead, they will receive an email notification that their upgrade is available to download.

One of the reasons mentioned is:

Sustainability—Because there’s no printing, packaging, or shipping, it’s a more sustainable choice.


  1. Jimmy, this is mentioned in the FAQ:

    "Can I download a 64‐bit trial version of AutoCAD 2010 software?

    The primary trial download is the 32‐bit version. This version may not install on 64‐bit machines.
    You may request a 64‐bit trial version of AutoCAD 2010 software at"

    It still doesn't make any sense, but at least it's documented!

  2. Hmm, you're right, that's a bit contradictory.

    I just used that link and downloaded the 64-bit version of 2010, no problem. This is from Australia, and I said so on the form, despite the "This offer is valid only in the United States and Canada" disclaimer. Came down very quickly, too; only a few minutes.


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