Shareware is software that is distributed free on a trial basis with the understanding that the user may need or want to pay for it later. Some software developers offer a shareware version of their program with a built-
Shareware is a type of proprietary software which is provided (initially) free of charge to users, who are allowed and encouraged to make and share copies of the program, which helps to distribute it. The word "shareware" is a portmanteau combining the words "share" and "software". Shareware is often offered as a download from an Internet website or as a compact disc included with a magazine.
There are many types of shareware, and while they may not require an initial up-
Shareware is available on all major personal computer platforms. Titles cover a very wide range of categories including: business, software development, education, home, multimedia, design, drivers, games, and utilities.
Because of its minimal overhead and low cost, the shareware model is often the only one practical for distributing non-
The term shareware is used in contrast to open-
The Association of Software Professionals (ASP), formerly Association of Shareware Professionals, is a professional association for authors and developers of freeware, commercial, and shareware computer software. It was formed in April 1987, and as of 2012, is the most popular trade organization for independent software developers and vendors.
The ASP developed and maintain the Portable Application Description (PAD) format used to allow software authors to provide product descriptions and specifications to online sources in a standard way. The PAD file specification is currently utilized by over 40,000 software publishers and a 1000+ PAD supported software catalogue websites. The PAD system is popular because web sites can pull updated data from a single file stored on the software author's site. The software to create PAD files and the software to poll them for changes and updates is community effort provided by members of the ASP. The latest PAD specification, version 4 was announced on December 1, 2012 in the organization's magazine, ASPECTS.