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Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:17 PM
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Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:30 PM


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I would prefer the full-featured... but the time limit needs to be a least a month. Like you mentioned, all it takes is getting caught up in a few things at work, and a few weeks are gone.

What I've also seen is a full-featured, but after a time limit it "down-grades" to a limited feature set.


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Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010 9:42 PM
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When I am evaluating software for work, I absolutely want full-featured, for a limited time. Usually vendors are willing to give you extra time if you need it, especially if there is something in there that displays "trial version" when you use it in your application so they aren't worried you're going to deploy the trial without paying. We spent several months constantly renewing trial license keys while attempting to integrate a brand-new product that we weren't fully sure would meet our needs -- and we did eventually buy it and spend a lot on licensing, so their cooperation paid off.

At home, where my personal software budget is more limited, I prefer free versions with limited features. I still buy software that I need, but free versions are greatly appreciated :)


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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 12:05 AM
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I would always prefer the full-featured trial version with atleast a month evaluation time for big feature rich products.

I would also go for the full-featured but the one which displays a message that it is a trial version, even in the deployment, so that i can convince my client to evaluate it and go for it.

The other option of limited feature is actually a loss for the product company, since anybody will continue to use it if they find the feature they want in the free but limited version. If there is a feature that i need but not included in the trial, then it will be very hard for me to choose the product, since i am not able to use and test that feature.

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I remember trialling the XMLSpy home edition (no longer available). It had the very basics, but on each day one of the 'power features' was available (and the next day a different power feature would be available). That way you got a chance to try out all the functionality, but clearly you didn't have all the benefits of the full product.

Reminds me of the movie channel in the hotel room...you get to see a few seconds of a film at a time, but to see the whole picture you've got to pay!

In short I think vendors should be more creative.
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My votes:
Full featured product with limit on number of uses
Hybrid - fullfeatured for at least one month, then limited




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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 1:21 AM
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I wish I could have had a 180-day evaluation of my car. I definitely would have taken it back

My preference is the longer evaluation. If I decide I like it, I will check if the limited/free version will meet my requirements and if not, make a case to buy the fully-featured version.



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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 1:33 AM
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[quote]James Stover (6/4/2010)

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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 1:44 AM
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For me it has to be time limited with full features. I have found that it's not always a bad idea to give a fully featured product a longer period.

As I work in an environment that leans towards this weeks hot potatoe ends up as the neglected potatoe salad at the back of a students fridge the following week.

I have found that 14 days is just not enough time. On the occasion I have found one that does a long fully featured taster it has given me time to to use it feel the benefits and actually incorparate it into my working environment.

Then all of a sudden I get you have 3 days left. If it's then within budget and I can actually prove to those that hold the purse strings of it's real not just percieved benefits and you then have the sale.

This is all IMHO of course

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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010 2:02 AM
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For me the preference is full featured for a short time which then automatically disables some features and goes into "free" mode or at least "I'm going to irritate you untill you get your wallet out" mode.

There is plenty of software which is free for casual users but charges for those who want a bit more advanced functionality and/or support. I don't want to pay £100 for what could well be a great piece of software but has functionality which I may only use for a couple of hours a year.
(I'm currently in that dilema with XML editors, I want something with enough features but they all seem way too expensive for the amount of time I'd actually use them for)

Personally, I think its a great way of expanding a products user base, especially with modern software and systems there are always going to be bugs that get past testing. So the more users you have, the more chance you have of finding those bugs quickly and getting updates out.

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