- What is it? How do I get it? How do I use it?
is Software that is provided without charge by the author for
the specific purpose of trying it out in order to decide if you
want to use it. As with all software, there is a licensing agreement.
You are licensed to use the software under the conditions set
by the author. This usually includes the right to distribute the
software in it's original condition. Most authors do not allow
other programmers to modify and redistribute their programs. There
are some that do, especially in the software area of Unix and
Linux which are operating systems that are an alternate to Windows.
has conditions included in the contract that allow the user to
use the software for a limited period of time, usually 30 days,
but may vary by author. If you want to continue using it after
the free period, it is expected that you will send the author
a fee stated in the order form. Most Shareware is much less expensive
than commercial software. It can be any amount stated by the author.
Shareware imposes a variety of conditions to encourage the user
to send in a registration fee. Some allow continued use of the
program, but starting the program brings up a Nag Screen reminding
you to register. Once registered and entering a code, the screen
does not continue to display. A good example of this is WinZip,
A program for unzipping compressed files downloaded
from the web. Another example is Paint
Shop Pro by Jasc Software. 2006. PSP is now owned by Corel
& all of Corel's products provide a 30 day trial period. This
includes Corel Draw & Corel Wordperfect Office & many
others. Just click on the Free Trials link.
Shareware will limit use by restricting certain features only
available in the registered program. You may be limited to using
it a limited number of times or not allowed to print or some other
way some authors try to entice you to register is to offer additional
programs as a part of the registered version.
any case, the conditions and expected registration fee are usually
openly stated. Feel free to download
and try a variety of programs. If you decide you don't want the
program, you are expected to delete
it. Note the Barrettism below. This is the easiest way to uninstall
back up your data before doing any maintenance.
should be doing regular backups anyway.
is usually Shareware that will do the jobs that commercial software
will do and at lesser cost. Look at the sites in the links provided
below in the category you want and you'll be surprised at the
number of programs available.
do I get it?
Follow this link
to the instructions for getting FreeWare. The process and sites
are the same.
do I use it?
Follow this link
to the instructions for using FreeWare. The processes are the