Can I get a license for Free?

Please note that all of our products include a free 30 day trial period, giving you time to decide whether or not to apply for a free license.

To take advantage of our free license offer you will need to choose and apply either as a worthy cause or as a worthy individual.

Worthy Causes

We like to support the community. So we're willing to offer free licenses of any of our software to worthy causes.

Please be aware that we judge worthy cause applications on both worthiness and also need. Not every worthy cause will be judged eligible. Not every non-profit organization will be judged suitable. Please do not take this as any reflection on you or the quality and utility of your work.

To take an example - the US Military. It's a non-profit organization and it's a worthy cause staffed by responsible people doing good work. However it's not really the type of organization we're going to be issuing free licenses to because it's well funded and it doesn't need this kind of help.

Please write to us explaining what kinds of things you do and how your cause is organized. If your organization has accounts we'd like to see them to establish how income is apportioned. We expect financial transparency - your accounts must be publicly available. The only exceptions we make are for organizations which obviously have no need of accounts such as Scout Packs and school projects.

We like to support causes with lots of volunteers. We like causes like Medecins Sans Frontieres. We are unlikely to support causes which provide directors or employees with large salaries (eg more than $100,000 per year) or which do not result in the majority of aid being passed on to those who need it.

If you are applying as a worthy cause and we donate software to you, we may ask you to acknowledge this donation in some way.

If you feel you might represent a worthy cause please contact us providing the information listed above.

Worthy Individuals

We're looking for people who are passionate about areas that interest us. People who make a significant public contribution in these areas. By public contribution we mean something done for free. A service provided as a gift to the community and not for profit.

If you've been using our products a lot and you feel you've done lots to let other people find out how to use them please tell us. Send us details of what you've been doing and how you've been helping and we'll see what we can do for you.

Another example might be a more general contribution to Wikipedia in areas that interest us. So if you make regular contributions to the PDF, PostScript and JPEG pages you might be interested in a free license for ABCpdf. Alternatively if you make regular contributions to the HTTP and .NET pages you might want to look at a free license for ABCUpload .NET.

In the case of Wikipedia we need to look up your name so that we can find out in what ways you've contributed. As such please supply us with a URL to your Wikipedia user page. So that we can verify that you are who you say you are - please put your email address on your user page - this should match up with the email address you use when you contact us. If you don't wish to advertise your complete email address just note the domain name. Please do not use freemail addresses such as hotmail or gmail.

If you make similar contributions to newsgroups we're happy to look at these as well. However we may not be familiar with other platforms and we can find it difficult to judge the quality of your work. In these cases we tend to err on the side of caution so it may be that the bar is slightly raised for platforms we don't understand.

If you feel you might be a notable individual please contact us providing the information listed above.