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Hour 11. Finding Programs and Files > Finding Sites That Help You Find Files

Finding Sites That Help You Find Files

Where you begin looking for a file depends upon the manner in which that file is offered on the Web, or rather, in what way that file is licensed for use by those other than its creator. Most software falls into one of the following four groups:

  • Commercial. The programs you can buy in a box at the software store. Many software companies have Web sites where you can learn about their products and often download them as well. Typically, you fill in an online form to pay for the software, then download it.

  • Demo. Demo software is commercial software that has some features disabled, or automatically stops working—expires— after you use it for a set number of days. Demo software is distributed free on commercial and shareware sites, and provides a free preview of the real thing.

  • Shareware. Shareware is software you're allowed to try out for free, but for which you are supposed to pay. After the trial period (usually 30 days), you either pay the programmer or stop using the program. Some shareware expires or has features disabled, like demo software, so you won't continue using it without paying.

  • Freeware. Freeware is free software you can use all you want, as long as you want, for free.


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