I frequently receive emails from readers of the blog, from visitors to my website, and from watchers of my YouTube videos. Over 99% of them I answer. However, I received a comment on a YouTube video that I did not reply to. Not at least on the video. I have singled out this one for special treatment.
The viewer asked “where did you get a full version of InstallShield?…and do you have a cracked copy to share with us?” The answer is No. I’ll clarify.
I have an InstallShield maintenance contract that I pay almost a thousand bucks a year for. Actually, it’s the Silver level of contract, which is the middle level. I pay a yearly fee to Flexera, the makers of InstallShield, and in exchange I receive the yearly upgrade and phone support.
So no, I don’t have a cracked copy. I make a living with InstallShield and feel I should support the company. Yes, I know the software costs a lot of money, and I admit that I grumble every year when I pay for the maintenance contract. But, it’s the right thing to do. I have been a software developer a long time and have never been a software pirate.
What’s interesting is that I recently met one of these “cracked software” collectors. He was not a software developer, just a collector. I met him when I was out of town on a job. It was one of those chance meetings and I’ll never run into him again. But he told me some interesting things.
He has a special machine set up that is dedicated to collecting cracked software (torrents). I’m not familiar with torrents, but a lot of these guys collect cracked software and trade it amongst themselves. Much like trading baseball cards. Still, I don’t agree with the practice.
I tried to turn him from the Dark Side of the Force. But, this one was strong with the Dark Side. Okay, I knew I was wasting my breath, but it made me feel better. Perhaps I was being a bit self-righteous.
The moral of this story is that no one wants to have their work stolen, and that’s what software piracy is. Stealing.
Just my thoughts on the subject.