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    Default Tavultesoft Keyman program updated

    For some of you this may be of interest, but I just got an email that the latest version of Tavultesoft's Keyman program (9.0) now offers a completely free version that should be a help in managing and using different keyboards (e.g. Greek and Hebrew). I have an older version of this program and haven't yet downloaded the latest, but because this program has been mentioned on these forums from time to time, I just wanted to let people know that there's now a free option for it.

    http://keyman.com/desktop/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hanel View Post
    For some of you this may be of interest, but I just got an email that the latest version of Tavultesoft's Keyman program (9.0) now offers a completely free version that should be a help in managing and using different keyboards (e.g. Greek and Hebrew). I have an older version of this program and haven't yet downloaded the latest, but because this program has been mentioned on these forums from time to time, I just wanted to let people know that there's now a free option for it.

    http://keyman.com/desktop/
    Hello, I bought the version 8. Should discard it and get the free version of 9.0?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinzh View Post
    Hello, I bought the version 8. Should discard it and get the free version of 9.0?

    Martin
    I am in the same situation, Martin. Should I stay with the paid version 8 or upgrade to the free version 9 which looks to offer the same thing. I contacted Tavultesoft, and I received a standard reply that didn't answer my question except to suggest I upgrade to the version 9 pro. For now, I'm staying w/ version 8. If someone else knows, I'd appreciate an update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MGVH View Post
    I am in the same situation, Martin. Should I stay with the paid version 8 or upgrade to the free version 9 which looks to offer the same thing. I contacted Tavultesoft, and I received a standard reply that didn't answer my question except to suggest I upgrade to the version 9 pro. For now, I'm staying w/ version 8. If someone else knows, I'd appreciate an update.
    I think I'm in the same boat as the rest of you. I admit, I'm a bit puzzled by their marketing. They used to be free, and then they weren't and now they are again. It doesn't do much to retain paying users to go bounce around like that. I haven't installed the new version mostly because I've a) paid for the previous version and b) it works fine. But if you don't have a paid copy, it seems like this free version would be a nice addition. It's overall a nice program aside from this marketing issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hanel View Post
    I think I'm in the same boat as the rest of you. I admit, I'm a bit puzzled by their marketing. They used to be free, and then they weren't and now they are again. It doesn't do much to retain paying users to go bounce around like that. I haven't installed the new version mostly because I've a) paid for the previous version and b) it works fine. But if you don't have a paid copy, it seems like this free version would be a nice addition. It's overall a nice program aside from this marketing issue.
    Marc Durdin here, I am the author of Keyman and am happy to answer any queries -- I'm sorry that the response from our sales/support was ambiguous and unhelpful. Some history: way back in the 1990's, Keyman versions 1-3 were completely free. In order to continue development I opted to make Keyman a shareware product in the late 1990's, and included a free "Home Use" edition for versions 5-6 in early-mid 2000's. This version was replaced in 2008 with version 7.0, which was a major rewrite to support Windows Vista. Version 8.0 continued along the same path as version 7.0, licensing-wise.

    In the last few years, we found major pushback from many groups, particularly mission groups, who were very disappointed that Keyman was no longer free. This is primarily why we moved back to offering a free edition: to support these groups. It's a tough road to ride of course. But it is what it is.

    In terms of upgrading to version 9.0, the basic answer I would give is: if Keyman 8 is working for you, you don't need to rush out to upgrade. I believe version 9 is a more powerful version and has some useful new features (see http://keyman.com/desktop/features.php) but a lot of the functionality changes are under the hood to make Keyman work better with Windows 8 and future versions. Keyman 9 works only with Windows 7 and later versions. The licensed Professional edition of Keyman also includes technical support from us whereas the Free edition is community supported via our forums.

    New users, of course, will benefit from the Free Edition. Keyman Desktop 9 Free Edition is roughly equivalent in feature set to Keyman Desktop 8 Light. The Professional Edition has additional features, of course, see the link above.

    We will continue to support licensed users of version 8, and your version 8 license will not expire if you upgrade to version 9 (although we cannot provide version 9 support for the Free Edition, even to version 8 licensed customers...). If you want to support the continued development of Keyman, then please do consider paying for the Professional Edition.

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