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Shareware, a portmanteau of share and software, is a popular term which denotes that a given application is intended to be freely shared and distributed but that some form of monetary compensation is due the author. In most cases shareware functions as a sort of demonstration of the software which is either restricted by functionality (the user does not have access to all the functions) or by time (the user has full access to the program but only for the first 30 days). After the trial period, the user is required to purchase a license or other method of unlocking the application to continue using it.

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