Which software download method should I use in my Autodesk Account

Sep 2, 2013


You need help choosing the right software download method from your Autodesk Account.


When downloading software from your Autodesk Account, you can choose one of three download methods.

To help you decide which one is best, the benefits and a brief description of each are listed below:

Download Now

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 to download now but install at a later time and/or on a different computer or are creating deployments.

Learn more about Download Now.

Learn how to download software using the download now method.


Install Now

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. Offers product selection prior to download so only the selected software is installed during the process.

Recommended if you want the most efficient and reliable download and installation experience directly on this computer.

Learn more about Install Now.

Learn how to download software using the Install Now method.


Browser Download

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.



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