The software you find in this site is produced by
a member of the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP). ASP wants to make sure that The Shareware Principle works for you.
If you are unable to resolve a shareware-related problem with an ASP
member by contacting the member directly, ASP may be able to help. The
ASP Ombudsman can help you resolve a dispute or technical problem with
an ASP member, but does not provide technical support for members'
Shareware distribution gives users the chance to
try software before buying it. If you try a Shareware program
and continue using it after a reasonable and specified
evaluation period, you are expected to buy a license for it.
This product, for example, requires that you buy a license after
a 30 day trial period. Buying the program license entitles you
to continue using the program from a downloaded copy or to an
updated program with printed manual. A licensed version of this
product includes the permanent right to use the product for an
unlimited time. The licensed version also disables the "buy now"
Copyright laws apply to both Shareware and
commercial software, and the copyright holder retains all
rights, with a few specific exceptions as stated below.
Shareware authors are accomplished programmers, just like
commercial authors, and the programs are of comparable quality.
(In both cases, there are good programs and bad ones!) The main
difference is in the method of distribution. The author
specifically grants the right to copy and distribute the
software, either to all and sundry or to a specific group. For
example, some authors require written permission before a
commercial disk vendor may copy their Shareware.
Shareware is a distribution method, not a type
of software. You should find software that suits your needs and
pocketbook, whether it's commercial or Shareware. The Shareware
system makes fitting your needs easier, because you can try
before you buy. And because the overhead is low, prices are also
low. Shareware has the ultimate money back guarantee -- if you
don't use the product, you don't pay for it.