How can I download software from the Education Community?
You need help choosing the right software download method from the Education Community.
When downloading software from the Autodesk Education Community, you can choose one of three download methods. To help you decide which option is best, the benefits and a brief description of each are listed below:
Download Now installs and launches the Autodesk Download Manager (DLM), which gives you more control and is significantly more efficient and reliable than conventional browser-based download methods.
The DLM reduces the time it takes to get applications up and running by decompressing product files in parallel during the download. Doing this eliminates the separate file extraction step that is usually required after the download completes and before running the product installer.
Recommended if you want the best download experience but want to install at a later time and/or on a different computer.
Learn more about Download Now.
Learn how to download software using the Download Now method.
This is the best option to get products up and running on your computer, in far less time than traditional browser download and install procedures. This method also uses the Autodesk Download Manager (DLM) to download and install the product simultaneousy but also automatically enters your serial number and product key for automatic activation.
Recommended if you want the most efficient and reliable download, installation and activation experience.
Learn more about Install Now.
Learn how to download software using the Install Now method.
Note: Install Now is only available on the Education Community and only for the 2013 versions of AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Revit.
This method uses the built-in file download mechanism of any web browser meaning you won't need to install additional download management software. As compared to the other methods, in-browser downloads are less efficient, and less reliable, especially when saving large files as they cannot take advantage of superior compression (smaller file sizes) and automatic download resumption abilities built into the Download Now and Install Now methods.
Once the software is downloaded, you must extract it and then begin the software installation on this or another computer.
Recommeded if you cannot or prefer not to use the Autodesk Download Manager.
Learn how to download software using the Browser Download method.