Exploring A360 - Plans and Pricing

In a previous post, we talked briefly about what A360 was. Now I would like to talk about the different plans that Autodesk offers for A360. Before we get started on those plans, there is some terminology that needs to be understood first. Below is a full definition of those terms as listed on the Autodesk A360 website FAQ page

Team Owner - A Team Owner is an Autodesk user who owns the license entitlement and can purchase additional seats for the team. As the Team Owner, you are also an administrator and can designate other team members as administrators.

Team Administrator - A Team Administrator can invite team members and create projects. He/she has full rights to all projects and their contents.

Team Member - A Team Member can browse team projects and create projects, can invite other team members (as permitted by Team Administrator) and can join any project in the team (if invited or has open access).

Project Owner - The team member creating a project automatically becomes its Project Owner. He/she can invite project contributors and is also a Project Moderator and can designate other team members as moderators.

Project Moderator - A Project Moderator can invite unlimited Project Contributors, can approve invitations made by other contributors and can approve public links. He/she has full rights to all projects and their contents.

Project Contributor - A Project Contributor can access only the projects that he/she has been invited to. He/she can invite other contributors (pending approval from Project Moderator) and share public links in the project. A Project Contributor cannot be made a moderator, cannot see other projects in the team or who team members are.

Hub - A hub is your centralized workspace where you store your projects, data and information.

A360 - A360 Team

A360 can be broken down into two product offerings called A360 and A360 Team. It would make things less complicated if one of the plan names wasn't the same as the platform name, and hopefully Autodesk is working to address this. There is an easy way to differentiate these two plans though. A360 is best suited for a single user that doesn't need permissions and administration tools designed to work for companies with multiple members. A360 Team is designed for companies that will have multiple users belonging to that company and gives them the tools to manage those users. 

A360 is free provided that the user has also created a free Autodesk account. The free plan provides 5 GB of online storage for your design data and other data related to the project. The free tier doesn't allow for Team Members, however that doesn't mean that collaboration with others isn't allowed since the free tier allows for an unlimited number of Project Contributors.  You can add or remove Project Contributors from the project as needed. Support for A360 is provided via the Autodesk A360 forums. It has been my experience that questions posted to the Autodesk A360 forums get attention fairly quickly by other A360 users as well as Autodesk employees. 

A360 Team is the subscription based tier. A360 Team provides 10 GB of online storage per Team Member. So if there five Team Members enrolled in A360 Team, there would be a combined total of 50 GB of storage space. The 10 GB isn't tied to the user, but is added to the storage pool for the company. 

A360 Team allows for an unlimited number of Projects and Team Members. Like the free A360 plan, A360 Team also allows for an unlimited number of Project Contributors. The support options for A360 Team are also provided via the Autodesk 360 forums as well as in product training. The in product training is more geared toward administration tools. Besides the obvious difference in storage provided for each plan, A360 Team is differentiated from A360 with administrative focused tools. Traditional on premise networks are typically managed by IT staff, and A360 Team is a step in that direction. A360 Team assigns different roles for different members that are part of the company allowing control of what different users can access and do. 

I hope that gives you a basic idea of the differences are between A360 and A360 Team, primarily administrative tools. In the next post on this series, well talk about how A360 differs from A360 Drive. If you have any questions or a specific area you would like to see covered in this series, please sound off in the comments or by sending an email to info@mechanicaladvantage.com.