The new Desktop App has been launched and it makes activating Autodesk software so much easier. Mind you, any and all software sometimes does not want to play nicely but never fear an Autodesk Application Engineer (from Micrographics obviously) is always near.
Previously the Autodesk Desktop App would let you acquire the installation files, updates and serial numbers. (this is only if you are signed in with your Autodesk account).
With the recent upgrades it allows you to more easily activate your product.
Firstly make sure that you have assigned yourself or whoever is going to use the software in the main Autodesk account. Then open up the Desktop app found in the lower right hand corner of your screen.
On first opening you will be asked to accept various terms and conditions and EULA’s. The same stuff we have been accepting for years but no one (barring a few) has ever read. On a side note I have read the EULA and you should too…riveting stuff !!
Once you get past all the formalities the app opens to this.
The most important part you would like to see is where the arrow is pointing. If that button is available it will immediately tell you that your account has been set right and that there is software waiting for you to install and activate.
If not, then you will have to wait up to 24 hours (in my experience) for your user account to be synchronised correctly with the Autodesk servers holding the license and then you will have access to all the software that has been assigned to you.
Once this is done you will see a launch button on the software that you would like to use. This will now open AND activate the software.