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Types of donationware
Donationware & Nagware not the same. Since when has Donationware been classified as Nagware? The former is unrestricted, fully operational freeware, the author(s) of which politely request a voluntary donation to assist with either web hosting expenses, future versions of the software, new projects or maybe just to buy the author(s) a beer. There is no obligation whatever to donate. The latter is operationally restricted commercial software (including Shareware) that pesters (nags) the user by various means (splash screens, pop-ups, time-outs et cetera.) for payment. Donationware and Nagware are completely different and their pages should not have been merged. Whomsoever was responsible, please rectify. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 19:04, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Material moved from nagware page.
Nagware (also known as begware, annoyware or a nagscreen) is a type of shareware that reminds (or nags) the user to register it by paying a fee. It usually does this by popping up a message when the user starts the program, or intermittently while the user is using the application. These messages can appear as windows obscuring part of the screen, or as message boxes that can quickly be closed. Some nagware keeps the message up for a certain time period, forcing the user to wait to continue to use the program.
The intent is generally that the user will register or buy the program to get rid of the trial version's annoyance.
Examples of nagware are Spotify, WinRAR, WinZip, mIRC, BitDefender 2009 Free Edition, AVG, Avira, Norton Internet Security and Snood. Some of these programs pop-up a window after their trial period is up telling the user to buy the program (or, for Windows Genuine Advantage, to install a genuine copy of Windows). LimeWire or Antivir similarly reminds the user to update to the Pro version, although the free version is not just a free trial.
- Ian Parberry (March 5, 1997). The Internet and the Aspiring Games Programmer. University of North Texas.
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