A Rons Place Software application always needs a license to run.
When an application is downloaded it contains a Lite license, which is installed with the application and enables its free functionality. If the application has Pro options another license must be purchased to enable the Pro functionality. Some applications have no Pro options (they are 100% free), some application may have multiple Pro options, which need to have licenses purchased individually.
The combinations are as follows:
- Lite only - 100% Free.
- Lite, and Pro - a simple application.
- Lite, and multiple Pro options - an application with options that can be enabled as required.
A Lite license is intended for individuals to be able to use the application for free, or for commercial organizations to be able to evaluate the application before purchasing a Pro license.
After installation, applications are running with a Lite license and are very easy to recognize because there is a banner displayed at the bottom of the main window (See picture below).
This is the normal state of a Rons Place Software application if a Pro license has not been installed.
A Pro license is a license issued when the customer decides that they would like to purchase a Rons Place Software application for one or more of the reasons listed below. Owning a full license automatically prioritizes all customer requests for support and features.
Why buy a product license?
- The customer is a company. We do expect companies to use licensed applications after a period of evaluation.
- Buying a license permanently enables full functionality, and removes the advertisement banner at the bottom of the main window.
- Priority on support is given to users that own a license.
See the Getting a License for further information on this topic.
Licenses are issued on a per user basis, within the bounds of their current operating environment (for example home or a company), as we feel that this is the most fair and normal working option for our customers.
Example One - One License Required
A customer buys a license for use at work, where they use a workstation, but travels with their job (using a laptop), and sometime works for their company from home.
Example Two - Five Licenses Required
A company has one shared machine on which five people use one installed copy of a Rons Place Software product.
Example Three - Two Licenses Required
A customer buys a license for personal use at home, and the company they work for buys them a license for professional use at work.
Each licensed user is entitled to all minor version upgrades FREE of charge. For example, a user who purchases a license for Version 1.0 will receive Version 1.1, Version 1.2, Version 1.3, and so on FREE of charge.