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« on: August 09, 2009, 07:02:44 AM »

Well, because the previous thread on this was locked, I'm not able to respond to the claim that I was complaining having to pay!

Which I wasn't. I was complaining about the license as supplied in the installer, stating that it is free for educational use but then goes and places restrictions on it.

I know full well that the programmer is entitled to charge for his work, I am not disputing that. He is not however entitled to make false claims as I believe he is/has done in the license supplied when installed.

Stating it is free to use, but then having pop-ups continuously appear which when clicked on do not return focus to what you were doing, but places focus on a webpage, is by no definition, free use.

If he wishes to charge for it, by all means, but state that in the license. Do not state it is free for educational use.

I'm sorry if I sound irate, but I do not like having my ability to respond to accusations made about me take away.
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 08:58:29 AM »

Well, because the previous thread on this was locked, I'm not able to respond to the claim that I was complaining having to pay!

Which I wasn't. I was complaining about the license as supplied in the installer, stating that it is free for educational use but then goes and places restrictions on it.

I know full well that the programmer is entitled to charge for his work, I am not disputing that. He is not however entitled to make false claims as I believe he is/has done in the license supplied when installed.

Stating it is free to use, but then having pop-ups continuously appear which when clicked on do not return focus to what you were doing, but places focus on a webpage, is by no definition, free use.

If he wishes to charge for it, by all means, but state that in the license. Do not state it is free for educational use.

I'm sorry if I sound irate, but I do not like having my ability to respond to accusations made about me take away.

Hi,

From what I have checked the license does not mention that it is free.

Can you highlight which line in the license that mentions it is free?

If there is, I will be updating the license file in the upcoming release to be clearer.

On the software, I have mentioned clearly that to remove the notification, the registered version is required.

Please don't be irate, I believe it is just a misunderstanding. Anyway, this is just a place for technical support.

Thank you for your concern.

Regards,
Boon Jin
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009, 09:47:38 AM »

I stand corrected, it does not mention free.

However, the spirit that you can use the unregistered version for personal/non-profit/educational use implies that there are no major inconveniences to doing so.

You are saying, "sure, you can use this for free in a school, but if you don't want the program to continually change the focus of applications, give me some cash"

It would be the same as a plumber saying, "sure I'll fix you pipes, but I'm going to come in to your house and stop you from turning on a tap until you say hello to me"

The fact that you are offering the unregistered version for free makes no difference.

You are quite simply ransoming the use of your program.

I would suggest you re-brand it as trial software, or a demo version with various registration options. If only to be clear as to your intentions.

It is one thing to have a splash screen that you have to click through at the opening, and a splash screen when closing, but interrupting use of a program which you offer for use in a personal/non-profit/educational setting without requiring registration is pure ransom.

I have no control over what you do, I'm just calling it as I see it.

And as I said, I have no objection to you asking for payment for your work. I have issue with you offering free use of your program (and that is what you are doing by allowing use of the unregistered version in the specified circumstances) yet hindering it's use because they haven't paid money.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 10:08:16 AM »

I stand corrected, it does not mention free.

However, the spirit that you can use the unregistered version for personal/non-profit/educational use implies that there are no major inconveniences to doing so.

You are saying, "sure, you can use this for free in a school, but if you don't want the program to continually change the focus of applications, give me some cash"

It would be the same as a plumber saying, "sure I'll fix you pipes, but I'm going to come in to your house and stop you from turning on a tap until you say hello to me"

The fact that you are offering the unregistered version for free makes no difference.

You are quite simply ransoming the use of your program.

I would suggest you re-brand it as trial software, or a demo version with various registration options. If only to be clear as to your intentions.

It is one thing to have a splash screen that you have to click through at the opening, and a splash screen when closing, but interrupting use of a program which you offer for use in a personal/non-profit/educational setting without requiring registration is pure ransom.

I have no control over what you do, I'm just calling it as I see it.

And as I said, I have no objection to you asking for payment for your work. I have issue with you offering free use of your program (and that is what you are doing by allowing use of the unregistered version in the specified circumstances) yet hindering it's use because they haven't paid money.

Hi,

I will be updating the license for sure in the next release.
The references to the personal/non-profit/educational use was present in the early releases and I have not updated it yet. At the moment, I have removed that statement like you have said, but I am still working on the new release.

The unregistered version is now more like a free to try software to make sure the software is working for my users before they register the software. I do not force any of my users to make a purchase. If the software is of value and use to them, they can decide to purchase a license for it. A few weeks ago I have updated the Smoothboard website to reflect this, http://www.smoothboard.net/download.

I think it is resolved now, and will lock this thread. Thank you for your response and suggestions.

Regards,
Boon Jin
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