I have a subscription version of quartus 13.1 but it does not support max10 family. I want to see what would be the best (or the cheapest way) to get a quartus supporting max10. Obviously I can go and buy the latest version of software but don't think it is the best way for me! it looks lite version is not helpful on that. am I right?
The Max10 device family is supported by Quartus from version 14.0.
You can use Quartus lite for free however some IP required license.
Example: Quartus lite supports Nios II/e (economy) configuration only.