I have been trialling eM Client for a few days, and was so pleased to have found what seemed to be the answer to me search. I have bought a license through Cloudwave but not applied it yet. I was considering buying a second due to point (1) below, lifetime update licenses, but then I discovered point (2) and am instead considering getting a refund.
From reading the forum, I have discovered (I think) the following:
- A license only allows me to install on one PC.
- eM Client must verify the license at least every 14 days or it stops working.
Point 1 is, IMO, stingy. The email client I am moving from (which I have supported for over 15 years!) allows me to install on any number of PCs as long as only one copy is in use at any time. I have a lot of paid-for software that is licensed similarly. I think that is fair. While there is a discount for multiple licenses, it is still far from a trivial increase in cost. I have never agreed with having to buy multiple licenses when I can only use one at a time. Like having to buy extra cars if I want to drive in different counties.
Most of the time I use the main PC at home, but I often stay with friends for long periods of time and I take my laptop. Could I uninstall eM Client from the PC and install on the laptop for these periods of time? Would this cause me any issues when using the program, having moved it? What about then moving it back?
Point 2 is more serious, and frankly might be a deal breaker for me. Is it correct? I am quite happy to pay for decent software (even with what I see as unfair licensing) but I’m not paying for something that might suddenly stop working if the producers have problems.
If eM Client Inc should cease trading, I assume that the software will cease to function once the license verification servers go offline.
It’s like buying a PC that stops working if the manufacturer goes out of business. No one in their right mind would do that.
I would appreciate a response about these issues. I’m really not trying to be provocative (I do tend to speak very bluntly; I’m no diplomat) but I do feel very strongly about such issues having watched with dismay the evolution of software licensing over many years. I vote with my money.
eM Client seems so far to be about the best email client I have tried, surpassing the one I am moving from (which has developed IMAP issues in recent versions) and Outlook. eM Client also has a long way to go in many areas, but has great potential to be a superb client that I would be happy to continually support the development of, excepting I think point (2).