Shareware It is an English term that is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ). The concept refers to a certain type of software which, due to its distribution method, imposes some limitations to user.
Typically, shareware is a computer program that is distributed for free . The user who wishes to eliminate the limitations of the software , should pay a certain amount
Shareware restrictions can be temporary (the program can only be used a certain number of days and then it is blocked) or benefits (the software offers some tools , but if the user buys the corresponding license, that number of tools is extended).
In addition to the aforementioned data, it is necessary to know that the shareware has its origin in the decade of the 90s, specifically in the year 1992, because it was at that time when one was first introduced from the Wolfenstein 3D computer game. And it was that this had a first scenario to enjoy the relevant game and at the end of it appeared the purchase option.
Software manufacturers often distribute their creations as shareware with the intention that users can try out the program for free and then, if they are satisfied with the benefits, to buy the license .
Many are professionals in the IT field who defend shareware at all costs. Why? Because they consider it a tool that allows you to enjoy the following advantages:
-It is a great measure to market any type of software.
-Help the client to be satisfied since the shareware allows him to try it and then if he really convinces him he chooses to buy it.
- They allow to correct errors quickly when it is detected and also facilitates that it can be adjusted and customized to the needs of the client.
-Of course, it highlights the fact that it is the way to "attract" many customers.
It is necessary to distinguish between the shareware (which can be used for free but which, at a given moment, requires a payment) and the freeware (software that is distributed free, without the user must pay at any time).
It is also important to be clear that the difference between shareware and freeware with adware must also be clarified, since sometimes they are often confused and used as if they were synonyms when in reality they are not. Therefore, it is necessary to know that the aforementioned adware is the term used to refer to what are programs that are distributed and can be used for free but that have the particularity that they include advertising.
A game from car racing For example, it can be distributed as shareware. In the version that can be downloaded for free, the user has the possibility to choose between three types of car and run on two circuits. Instead, if the person buys the Complete version The game has ten vehicles at its disposal and can compete in twenty different circuits. This means that the player who tried the shareware and is interested in having more game options, must proceed to the corresponding purchase.