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Understanding the Journler License (v2.5) + Podcast

March 20th, 2007

Journler 2.5 will be available on Thursday, March 22. Just two days! Along with a host of fixes and new features comes a new license. For those of you who have been using Journler for some time, the license has changed, and I would like you to know what that means and why. For those of you who are just coming to the program, it is important to understand your rights and the terms of use.

In an effort to add a human element to this discussion, something I’ve thought about for at least half a year now, I’m also taking this opportunity to inaugurate The Journler Podcast. The new license is an excellent first topic for the podcast, which I’ll be dedicating to the work and issues that exist around Journler. Life as an indie developer is fascinating, and I’m hoping the podcast will permit me to better depict what that’s like. Finances and licensing are a part of it.

The Journler Podcast Episode 1: 10mins, 11Mb
Download Understanding the Journler License

In a word, there are now two licenses: the Personal Use License and the Non-Personal Use license, or professional license. With previous versions of Journler there had not been an explicit license policy. Now there is.

The Personal Use License remains donationware. Donationware is neither freeware nor shareware, although it is closer to the latter. Individuals using Journler in a personal capacity may use the program without restriction with regard to features or timespan. You will not be charged for your personal use of Journler, meaning the program is freely available. “Freely available” should be understood in terms of access. Personal, individual access to the program is not restricted in any way.

At the same time I am strongly requesting a contribution. Journler is my job. It is what I do. Without your support I cannot continue working on the program. If you cannot make a donation, do not worry. I don’t want anyone in a difficult financial situation to have to purchase Journler. I’m thrilled that you’re using the program and I want you to continue using it for as long as you like. At some point, when you’re in a better situation, remember me. At the same time, if you use Journler in a personal capacity and are financially capable of making a contribution, please do so.

The second license is the Non-Personal Use license, or what you might think of as the professional license. The Non-Personal Use license covers but is not limited to organizational, business, small business, government, professional, and academic use. If you use Journler beyond a personal capacity, alone or in tandem with colleagues, a license is explicity required. A single Non-Personal Use license costs $24.95, a deal when compared to similar programs on the market. Discounts are available for volume purchases. Get in touch with me and we’ll figure something out.

The basic idea behind changes to the license is fairness. There’s none of that thirty days nonsense, annoying reminders, superimposed warnings or greyed out menus. You are not a child. Simultaneously, if you are capable of purchasing the program or donating, do so. With these changes I’m working hard to stay true to my original intentions as the creator of Journler while also ensuring that I can continue working on the program under the conditions I am now.

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