This is just bizarre. Especially in such times as these when more and more people are being forced to work from home.
Imagine Netflix telling customers that your license must now be locked to a certain tv or device? Log out of the living room and log in to the bedroom.
I can use Fusion 360 on any device at any location. What a concept.
It’s just such a backwards move it’s hard to even comprehend.
Makes me a little worried about investing any more money in Soildworks.
Sounds like a desperate move.
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It doesn't prevent you from using SolidWorks on multiple computers. You can still deactivate the license on one computer and activate it on the next. The downfall is if you forget to deactivate it on say a work computer and you are at home and want to access it, you can't deactivate it remotely.
There's other options as well
- As stated earlier HawkRidge devolved a HawkWare Deactivation Reminder App that when you close out of SolidWork it automatically prompts you to deactivate and when you open SolidWorks on either or any device it does the same, activates your license, essentially accomplishing the same thing an online license would do.
- Network Licensing - costly
- 3D Experience - This is similar to online licensing but has its own limits and your license needs to be a subscription
Here's a link with more information - SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing Is Retiring: What You Need to Know