Freeware / Windows · December 14, 2006 0

Giveaway of the Day: Free Software, Legally !!

Giveaway of the Day is a brand new project that gives away free software – legally! Yup, that’s right. Everyday they pick a software from well-known companies and make a fully functional version available for download through-out the day. Those who are able to grab it during the allowed period are free to use the software at absolutely no charge at all. The giveaway title changes every 24 hours.

According to the site, they’re …

a convenient initiative allowing you to get the best commercial software titles – for free. Every day we offer licensed software you’d have to buy otherwise, for free! Yes, we are giving away software, and you can download it from our site, right now and right here and our goal is to give away every good piece of software, sooner or later.

While many of the softwares are lite / limited versions of professional products, from time to time they put up really useful and fully-functional tools for download. Recently by popular demand they’ve even started a Game Giveaway of the Day that runs parallel with the software giveaway service.

Apparently they get permission from the authors of the program to giveaway their software for a days time and they have a activation program that connects to the server to see if the giveaway period is over before activating your free software. The catch is, unless you install and activate the software within the giveaway period, it’s turns to be a pretty useless piece of junk. Also that means the software is good for only a single install within the allowed period.

The terms and conditions for most of the downloads are:

  • The software cannot be used for commercial purposes
  • No technical support will be provided free of charge
  • No updates will be provided either

How does the free licensing work? The site claims that it’s a “win-win solution for both publishers & clients”. Without further ado, I’ll quote them regarding this…

Basically, every day we nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software will be available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software will be free for our visitors.

The software product will be presented in its full functionality, without any limitations save for those mentioned in Terms and Conditions.

The download link will remain on our web-site for the agreed period of time, together with the review of the software product and the information about other products from the software publisher presenting the giveaway title.

Both reviews and the information on the product line will remain active even when the Giveaway period is over.

The information about Giveaway of the day and the participants of this initiative will be included in our newsletters and distributed among our visitors and subscribers.

We will pay the software publisher for the Giveaway license, and our visitors will only receive those after downloading a special verification program and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions, thus protecting software publishers’ interests and making our initiative beneficial for both clients and publishing companies.

We believe that Giveaway of the day will allow both publishers and clients to meet each other and win together with our initiative.

Here’s how people regard this concept, as I gathered from the Astahost forums

  • Well this type of site is vary common through out the internet, www.download.com will give you the same thing. All the programs you see at theas sites are programs I like to call “breakoffs”. Breakoffs are programs that only do one thing, like Red eye reduction, Animator, Image Edit, etc. Now programs like Photoshop will do all the things I just listed, but wait there is one disadvantage it cost $500.00. – theking648
  • It’s an interesting concept, and it’s slightly more advanced than download.com. Download.com frequently only has demo versions of some of the software giveaway seems to offer. Also, giveaway claims they pay the company for a special license. This way, the company gets some money for downloads that might otherwise be obtained illegally. Also, if people like the software, they may be impatient for the upgrade and buy it when it comes out. – vizskywalker
  • What I notice is that they are not giving some really advanced softwares… what they are giving out are low grade tools that never figured in market competition. I guess the motive is of a joint collaboration between small scale software developers and this site so that they can make the softwares known to atleast a few people so that they can spread it further.Of course it will really help in making brand awareness and probably they will think of earning money with version 2.0 of the tools… – CaptainRon

No registration is required for the downloads – though you can always subscribe to their RSS Feed to keep yourself updated regarding the daily giveaway.

I was directed to this site by a friend during it’s nascent stages and all they were offering at that point were screen-savers and similar pretty lousy stuff as corroborated from the comments posted regarding some of the featured giveaways. However, it seems like they’ve been gained quite a bit of good reputation after having offered some decent downloads. A new notice on their site says…

Attention: During the past few days we reached high enough popularity to start distributing world-wide known software products. Get ready for some surprising giveaways very soon!

Sounds exciting, eh? Am going to wait it out and see … 😉