The terms of the Many Tricks software license

I’ve had a few questions on how Many Tricks’ programs are licensed: is it per computer, per user, per user per computer, or something else? Given the confusion, I thought I’d explain here so it’s (hopefully) clear. I’ve posted this same information to our FAQ pages. And yes, we do have a full, legalese-filled software license, which covers what’s below and adds some required legal terminology.

The objective in our licensing is to keep things simple and fair. To that end, all of our products fall under one general usage license. Here’s how the licensing works: It’s basically a “buy only one” license model, except in the case of possible simultaneous usage. These situations should help clarify that basic rule:

If you use only one Mac: If you use just one Mac, then your Many Tricks’ license is good for all users of that machine. So if your family is sharing an iMac, you need only one Many Tricks license for each of our products, regardless of how many people are using them on that one machine.

If you use more than one Mac: If you use more than one Mac, and it’s just you that uses it, then you also need just one license per Many Tricks program that you use. So if you want to use Witch on all seven of your Macs, go right ahead and do so — you just need to purchase one license to cover all seven machines.

If you and others in your family use more than one Mac: You need only one license (for each of our apps that you purchase) to cover everyone in your family. What is a family? Relative to the licensing of our apps, our intent is that one license should cover a group of directly-related people living in one home, plus any children who may live elsewhere. But we’ll leave the specifics up to you, instead of trying to define every permutation of a family.

Please note that our licensing is done on the honor system: Many Tricks does not track your usage of our apps or installations of our licenses. We simply trust our users to do the right thing.

To install your license on multiple Macs: Simply copy the license file to each Mac (to its Desktop, for instance) on which you’d like to use the app, and make sure the app is installed on that Mac. Then double-click the license file, and the app should open and show you as a licensed user. You can then delete the license file from the Desktop, as the app will copy it to the right location.

Enterprise use: If you are going to use Moom at a company, the same general rules apply: Regardless of how many Macs you personally use at home and/or work, as long as it’s just you running our software, you need only one license.

If the app will be installed such that more than one user may use the app, or if you’re buying for a number of users at your employer, then you need to purchase enough licenses to cover the expected number of users, even if they’re all sharing one Mac (because these users would be licensed to use it at the same time on another Mac). Note, too, that we have generous multi-item discount pricing, and can work up a custom discount for even larger quantities.

Please let me know if you have any questions on our license, or think some element of it can be modified for clarity and/or fairness.

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