Hi Mark and Others,

ABBYY FineReader Pro is not a simple update to the ABBYY FineReader Express 
software that you bought, but a new release with expanded features that is a 
major new version.  Major version releases are not usually covered by your 
original purchase. You can upgrade to this new Pro version of ABBYY FineReader 
either by purchasing it at the Mac App Store for the stated price of $99.99, or 
by going to the ABBYY web site and purchasing an upgrade for $79.99 (or the 
corresponding cost in Euros, pounds sterling, etc.). The upgrade pricing is 
only available from the ABBYY web site.

The web store version of ABBYY FineReader Pro works with Lion and above; the 
Mac App Store version requires Mountain Lion and above.

As I stated in a post in an earlier thread, when Eileen asked whether she 
should buy this from the ABBYY web site or the Mac App Store, for a new buyer, 
there is no price difference.  If you buy from the ABBYY web site, you then 
need to do the software updates from within the app -- not through the Mac App 
Store notifications -- and keep separate track of the serial number.

The advantages of checking a developer's web site for purchasing software are 
1. They may offer special sale pricing, especially for upgrades
2. They may have free trial downloads
3. They may have special educational discount pricing.

I believe there's a link to the Upgrade purchase options from the "Why Upgrade" 
page I posted some weeks ago:

At the bottom of the page, there is a note "Learn how to upgrade with a 
significant discount: Visit your regional ABBYY Online Store!" with a link to 
get to your regional store.

On that last point, earlier this month I stated that ABBYY's educational 
discount pages didn't include ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac yet.  Now it does (I 
got here from a "Special Offers" link in ABBYY's U.S. web store, so this may be 
the specific version for their U.S. programs)

• ABBYY Educator's advantage page:
• ABBYY Student Savings Program page:

Price is $69.99 to buy a new version of ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac, and 
$55.99 to buy an upgrade to ABBYY FineReader Pro

Generally, you have to submit a valid email address from an educational domain 
(e.g. ".edu" or other such) for the purchase to work from web sites which give 
academic discounts.  For Amadeus Pro, I think you have to send a contact email 
with information to the developer, and he sends you a discount coupon code to 
use when you do the purchase.

Please note that I haven't done all these transactions myself -- I simple read 
the information that is available at the web sites in question!

HTH.  Cheers,


On Dec 19, 2013, at 10:16 AM, Rodney Haynie <rodney.hay...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It is my understanding that when you purchase apps from the app store,
> you get unlimited updates for free. This is Apple law I believe.
> If a developer wants to charge for an update in the app store, then
> they have two means of doing so. They can invoke functionality that is
> only accessible through an in-app purchase. Or they can submit the app
> again with a slightly modified name (usually adding a number or
> increasing the number at the end of the name), therefore a brand new
> app to purchase.
> On 12/19/13, Zachary Kline <zkl...@speedpost.net> wrote:
>> Hi Mark,
>> Updates have nearly always in my experience been free. I’ve known a few
>> cases where an app developer charges a fee for a new version, but that seems
>> to be quite rare, especially on the Mac App Store.
>> Best,
>> Zack.
>> On Dec 19, 2013, at 11:47 AM, Mark Furness <flintma...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Ok, here is a stupid question.
>>> All my updates so far, have had no cost.
>>> If I was to purchase Abby fine reader from the mac store, will there be
>>> additional cost as it is updated?
>>> Mark
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