The Octane Student License Program was deployed in 2014 to provide V1.2 licenses to allow university students to try Octane and use it in a university setting at no cost. The plugin licenses available as part of this Program were a restricted subset only of Octane plugins.
However, due to the age of the v1.2 software, it now has compatibility issues with current generation hardware. It will not run with recent releases of third party plugin software. It also lacks the numerous Octane features and improvements made since V1.2's release (over 4 years ago). The inability for students to satisfactorily run the v1.2 software has resulted in a decision. Effective 3 January 2017 no further student email address registrations will be accepted in the Octane Student License Program. Students already registered may continue to use v1.2 student software.
To provide access to the latest versions of Octane software for all students - and small studios - Otoy has released a low cost Subscription service. For a very modest monthly fee, this service provides access to the latest versions of software (v3), and almost all Octane plugins.
The monthly subscription fee for access to an Octane Standalone license, and an Octane Plugin license; e.g. Octane for C4D is $20. With this service, you will need to setup an account in Paypal, as you will be charged on a recurring monthly basis. The minimum period of use is a month, and each renewable period is a month with the subscription paid monthly in advance. You are able to stop any further payment whenever you wish, which means the subscription will run out once the active month is up.
The subscription service license has the following limitations compared with a full (purchased) license;
- Use of the software is available only while online, connected via the internet to the Octane licensing server
- A maximum of 2 GPU's are available for rendering
- Network rendering is not available
- Subscription licenses may not be used with non -subscription licenses (i.e. purchased licenses)
Subscriptions are available for purchase from the Octane website Subscriptions page here.
For information about setting up a Subscription, please click here.
For information about managing and cancelling a Subscription, please click here.
If you would like further information, please email the Octane Support Team - firstname.lastname@example.org