Electromen

Giving away an older version of CA

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It is possible to give an older version of CA Premier to a close friend.

I own every version since '97 and have many of them on CD including the key codes.

I want to do it by CA's rules.

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No, your license agreement clearly states that the use of any version of Chief Architect belongs not to you but to Chief Architect Inc. You and only you are licensed to own and use any version of Chief Architect. I suppose your friend can use a seat of your older chief but not as its owner, it would be purely a loan and would not include any support of any kind or type.

 

DJP

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Unless you purchased extra seats of the software at some point, your single license is upgraded from version to version. You can run an older version on your machine but you cannot "give" an older version to someone else - violates the original agreement. 

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If someone else profits from the use of a pirated or gifted version of the software or even saves some money by designing their own home it just drives profitability down for each of us and will eventually result in higher software prices or fewer updates and new features.  It seems like a nice thing to do but there are reasons for not doing it.:)

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If it is that important to you, please call Chief Architect Inc Customer support on Monday and ask them. They are the "Authority" on their own property and its uses..

 

DJP

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I don't think you can legally as , like Ridge_Runner ( Mike) said above, you are using an upgraded version now , you can check that in your digital locker by clicking the Show Upgraded Version Box at the top.

 

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If the person just wants to "play" in 3D I'd suggest one of the Home Designer Products eg, Pro or Architectural depending on their needs and budget.

 

M.

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44 minutes ago, Kbird1 said:

I don't think you can legally as , like Ridge_Runner ( Mike) said above, you are using an upgraded version now , you can check that in your digital locker by clicking the Show Upgraded Version Box at the top.

 

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If the person just wants to "play" in 3D I'd suggest one of the Home Designer Products eg, Pro or Architectural depending on their needs and budget.

 

M.

Thanks, I think he's going to buy Home Designer Pro

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20 minutes ago, Electromen said:

Thanks, I think he's going to buy Home Designer Pro

 

Pro is very capable , and with the current version he'll be able to share Files with you..... you will need to set the Plan to be editable in Home Designer on your end when you save it to send back though.

 

https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-00516/sharing-a-plan-file-with-a-home-designer-user.html

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A lot of people first start out with pirated copies of software.

When the software has proven itself useful and contributes to that person's business, then paying for a licensed copy usually follows.

 

I'm surprised at some of the comments in this thread.

 

If OP gives that copy to his close friend and because of that his friend eventually ends up buying a licensed copy with SSA then Chief wins in the long run.

I don't see the harm in that.

Most software companies not only know that but it's what drives a percentage of their business and keeps them on their toes.

 

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I appear to have offended the elite guard of this forum. 
That’s ok, I was just voicing my opinion. 
I understand that some would find my comment less than honourable but it is the reality of the matter.
I’ve been a paying customer for 6 or 7 years with SSA to boot. 

I encourage any use of Chief as opposed to no use of Chief. 

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