We sell only electronic-distribution products—downloadable from each product page’s sidebars on our site—which are unlocked with a purchased license code. These downloadable products also function as demonstration versions until they’re unlocked.
This method of product distribution has many advantages: immediate download of new copies and major upgrades, no shipping charges, online reference manuals, and free minor upgrades at any time.
Perpetual, cross-platform licenses with upgrade protection
All licenses we sell are perpetual licenses for a given version of InDesign or QuarkXPress on either platform, Mac OS or Windows (and any earlier version—see the next section below). “Perpetual” means it will work as long as you use the licensed version of InDesign or QuarkXPress.
For example, as of February 2016, we’re selling perpetual plug-in licenses for InDesign CS5 through CC 2015, and perpetual XTension licenses for QuarkXPress 9, 10 and 2015.
We also have a 9-month “major upgrade protection policy”—see our sales policies for more details—, but basically you can freely upgrade to any new major version for 9 months after purchase. (Again, all minor upgrades are free.)
We’re also planning some kind of subscription license scheme to match Adobe Creative Cloud licensing, eventually.
One license for the current and all previous versions
Any license we sell will work for the then-current, and all previous, versions of InDesign or XPress, going back quite a ways. We can even supply an equivalent license for older, unsupported versions of InDesign or XPress, on demand, though we have limited support for those older versions, since we can’t fix bugs for them.
(The one exception to previous-version support is DocsFlow, because of our dependency on Google Docs
You’re welcome to run multiple versions of InDesign or XPress simultaneously on a single machine, with a single license for each Em Software plug-in or XTension in use under those multiple versions.
Single-use license policy
A license for one of our products (whether a single copy or part of an “n-pack”) can be used on one machine only, or can be installed on two alternately-used machines (for example, a desktop and a laptop) as long as you can guarantee the two copies will never be running simultaneously. (This is more or less what both Adobe and Quark permit.)
If you find it useful, you’re welcome to install a single license on multiple versions of Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress on the same machine.
In particular, Em offers a secure on-line store which is a safe and convenient way to purchase licenses for our products at any time.
Each product sidebar on this site includes direct links for online purchase of the product, along with the download links for the products, reference manuals, tutorials, etc.
You can also purchase licenses from our resellers around the globe, for more local sales and service.
You should download all software from our site, regardless of where you purchase the license, though, to be sure you have the most up-to-date software.
Pricing and policies
If you need further information, you can lookup part numbers and prices, or visit our sales policies to learn about our absolute satisfaction guarantee, and about how to upgrade, cross-grade, consolidate and step up your current Em products, as well as about educational and multi-pack discounts.
If you’re a value-added reseller or software developer who would like to private-label or embed Em’s products in your services and products, see our OEM sales information.