3ds Max Indie and Maya Indie now available in 31 countries
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Originally posted on July 24, 2020. Scroll down for news on the final release.

Autodesk will launch 3ds Max Indie, its discounted subscription to 3D animation software for artists earning less than $ 100,000 a year, in a larger number of countries on August 7, 2020.

The change, announced in emails to existing subscribers that have been republished on social media, will make 3ds Max Indie subscriptions available in 26 other countries in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Maya Indie, the corresponding offering for Maya users, will also be available worldwide on August 7th.

Use the full version of 3ds Max or Maya for $ 250 / year
3ds Max Indie and Maya Indie were launched last summer and offer users with a single license for the full version of the software gross annual sales from design work of less than $ 100,000 / year.

The exact price varies from country to country, but is currently $ 250 / year.

The program was originally only available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. However, Autodesk announced in March that it plans to launch 3ds Max Indie worldwide.

3ds Max Indie will soon be available worldwide, but not in every country
According to an email to 3ds Max Indie subscribers, which has been re-published in the Stack 3ds Max Facebook group, the company will “launch 3ds Max for indie users worldwide * from August 7, 2020”.

The footnote attached to this asterisk shows that Autodesk means "worldwide" "worldwide", but not "in every country in the world". Indie subs will initially be available online in 26 other countries:

  • Asia
    China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Europe and the Middle East
    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
  • South and Central America
    Brazil, Mexico

If your own country isn't on this list, don't give up hope of getting a 3ds Max Indie subscription. In the comments on the Facebook thread, 3ds Max product manager Chip Weatherman posted the following:

“As far as I know, the rollout will span more countries over time. This is the next group of countries where we have been legally "approved". "

Updated August 7, 2020: Autodesk contacted us to let them know that this is not the case and that the indie edition of 3ds Max will only be available "if we have an eStore worldwide". More details later in the story.

Maya Indie is said to be available wherever Autodesk has an eStore
For Maya users, TJ Galda, Senior Product Line Manager at Autodesk for Maya and the Entertainment Collection, tweeted that Maya Indie "will be available wherever we have an eStore from August 7th."

The list of Autodesk locations worldwide can be found here: It includes the countries listed above as well as Hong Kong and South Africa as well as collection locations for Latin America, the Middle East and other European countries.

Updated August 7, 2020: 3ds Max Indie and Maya Indie are now available in 31 countries worldwide.

The list of eligible countries is identical on both product websites: Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Australia, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and China.

In the Autodesk FAQ, Indie products are described as being available on "All Autodesk Standard E-Store Sites."

We suspect that the collection points for Latin America, the Middle East and other European countries are not considered "standard" e-stores, but we are not sure about Hong Kong and South Africa.

We have contacted Autodesk to verify this and will update it when we hear something.

The admission requirements are largely the same as for the original rollout, although there is a new limitation: the indie products cannot be used for “projects worth over $ 100,000”.

In addition, the price has risen slightly since last year: at the time of publication, new indie subscriptions to 3ds Max or Maya from the US were $ 265 / year.

Pricing and system requirements
3ds Max Indie is available for Windows 7+. Maya Indie is available for Windows 7 and 10, RHEL / CentOS 7.3-7.7 Linux and macOS 10.13+.

Licenses are only available to landlords in eligible countries that earn less than $ 100,000 / year and can be used for projects worth less than $ 100,000. You are limited to one license per user or organization.

The exact price varies between countries, especially considering taxes. In the U.S., it is currently $ 265 a year. In the UK, the price is currently £ 294 / year plus 20% VAT.

Visit the 3ds Max Indie supply page

Visit the Maya Indie supply page

Read the Autodesk FAQs on indie editions

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