What shareware means
Below you can find some definitions of "shareware":
  • software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.
  • shareware is a marketing method for computer software in which the software can be obtained by a user, often by downloading from the Internet
  • a type of software that is distributed without payment but is limited in any combination of functionality, availability, or convenience
  • software that you can try before you buy. It's distributed through on-line services, BBSs, and user groups.
  • computer software developed for the public domain, which can be used or copied without infringing copyright.
  • a software product that is distributed on the Internet and is free to use for a limited period of time.
  • software distributed on the basis of an honor system. Most shareware is delivered free of charge, but the author usually requests that you pay a fee.
  • this term refers to software that is available on public networks and BBSs. Users are asked to remit a small amount to the software developer.
  • software that is available on a free limited trial basis. Sometimes this is a fully featured product, other times it lacks some of the features of the full version which you have to pay for.
  • software created by people who are willing to sell it at low cost or no cost for the gratification of sharing.
  • software distributed freely (often via the Internet). The distribution process relies on the user to pay the developer/author.
  • copyrighted software that is available free of charge on a trial basis, which usually expires after a period of time unless or until renewed by the producer.
  • shareware is software that is initially free to download, with the agreement that the user may have to pay for it later.
  • software distributed for free, giving the name of the author, address and the amount he/she wishes to be compensated for.
  • software that is developed outside the corporate environment, usually by programers in their spare time, and distributed freely. The user of shareware is honor-bound to send a small payment to the author if he/she likes and uses the software.
  • this is software that you can use for a limited amount of time, allowing you to try the program before you decide to purchase it.
  • functional applications that are available for use on a good-faith agreement that the user will make payment to the application creator after.
  • publicly distributed software, for which the author requests payment. Payment may or may not buy additional functionality or support.
  • software which can be used free of charge for a trial period, after which a registration fee must be paid in order to continue to use it.
  • a method of marketing software where a program is distributed freely, and users may try it before paying for it.
  • software that is provided as a try before you buy. Shareware will typically give you a trial period, then stop working unless you unlock it with a code you receive after purchase.