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Today on Bits du Jour: WordWeb Pro Bundle for merely $29!! List Price: $59.00


Today on Bits du Jour: WordWeb Pro Bundle for merely $29!! List Price: $59.00

-Curt (June 01, 2011, 01:39 AM)
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Very good deal!

Note: if you're broke (or can live without the extra dictionaries and some of the bells & whistles in the pro version) you can download the free edition here.

Free use is subject to one of the more unusual EULA clauses I've ever seen (and first noted by fellow DCer Grorgy back in January 2008):

Click for EULA termsWordWeb free version licensing

WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period.

Global greenhouse gas emissions are currently around 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year, and probably need to be reduced by at least 80% have a good chance of avoiding dangerous warming. Most computer users are responsible for far more emissions than is sustainable. For example two short-medium distance return flights can be equivalent to over 1 tonne of emissions1: more than an average person can safely emit over an entire year.

If you do not qualify you must uninstall the program after the 30-day trial period or purchase WordWeb Pro. The licensing model is designed to allow relatively non-wealthy people to use the program free of charge, and to provide a small incentive for other people who fly a lot to cut down.

Whenever a user no longer meets the above requirements, and they have installed the product for more than 30 days, they must uninstall the product or purchase WordWeb Pro.

There is one exception to the above: not-for-profit educational establishments may make a network installation of WordWeb for the use of their students (regardless of whether their students individually meet the licensing requirement).

See additional licence discussion.


1 Flights are particularly bad because of additional non-carbon emissions and cloud formation at high altitude: the short-term warming effect is estimated to be many times worse than the same CO2 emission at ground level, perhaps a factor of two worse on a twenty-year timescale, but it could be worse than this - the science is not well understood.

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Don't know about you, but that impressed me enough when I read it that I bought the pro license. Any company that has a license clause like that deserves the money.

-I wonder what license I should ask for when I haven't been flying at all for 17 years

Anyway, special eula or not, I already have a Pro key.

I would love it if WordWeb included the complete 20+ volume of the Oxford English Dictionary.  I have a feeling Oxford wouldn't allow it, since they have their own, klunkier software for it, plus their online version which they prefer people to purchase.  (Arrgh!  I hate cloud services!)

-it is merely another $29  :up:

or did you mean Oxford English Corpus ?


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