Electronic-only distribution

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, macOS or Windows (and any earlier version—see the next section below). (“Perpetual” means it will work as long as you use the major version of InDesign or QuarkXPress that’s current at the time of license purchase, not that it’s perpetual for future major versions.)

For example, as of May 2019, we’re selling perpetual plug-in licenses for InDesign CS6 and CC 2018-2020, and perpetual XTension licenses for QuarkXPress 2018-2019.

We also have a 6-month “major upgrade protection policy”—see our sales policies for more details—, but basically we deliver licenses for the next version starting 6 months before its release. (Again, all minor upgrades are free.)

We’re also planning a subscription license scheme for the plugins in the near future, to match Adobe Creative Cloud licensing. We’ll make sure everyone is more than fairly treated by the transition.

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 APIs, which have breaking changes at times; so we only can support back to InDesign CS5 in this case.)

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.

Online store

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.

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