Quick and Easy Computer Scrapbooking
“Quick and Easy Computer Scrapbooking” by Ellen Wardle
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Download a Trial of a Commercial Program
Most suppliers of commercial programs offer trial versions which will work for
a set period, usually from ten to thirty days. You can download these trials
from the suppliers’ web sites on the Internet.
This can be very helpful.
You can test a program which you are interested in without buying it first.
Returning a computer program to a store or a refund after you have opened
and perhaps installed it may not be as straight-forward as returning a
physical item such as a toaster.
One drawback to these free trials is that the files you have to download are
often very large. They take time to download to your computer and use up
part of the bandwidth which your Internet Service Provider allows you before
applying an extra charge. You need a good broadband connection to handle
I only use trial versions where I have seen good, preferably independent,
reports about the program and am seriously considering buying it because
there are other factors which may limit their usefulness.
If you decide to buy that program, you may have to download a different
version which can be unlocked with the serial number which the supplier
sends to you after getting your payment. With some trial programs, you can
use that serial number to unlock the full features of the paid version and you
don’t have to download the program twice.
Many trial versions have fewer features than the full packages. This lets you
experiment and see whether the program is one you are comfortable using,
while encouraging you to invest in the full version.
Some trial programs limit your ability to print the pages you produce and
some put watermarks on pages which are printed from trial versions.
Otherwise some people would try to use the free trials to produce commercial
products and sell them without paying anything to the provider of the
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