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By purchasing software licenses rather than retail software a company or institution is able to legally have the rights to use software without having to pay the full retail price for the software package Although it seems that companies sellingdistributing software licenses are reluctant to have the actual cost of individual licenses on their web pages I was able to contact Melvyn Myers of Advance Software Group httpwwwadvancesoftwarecomau an Australian distributor of software licenses for various companies including Adobe Macromedia Corel and sonic foundry Mr Myers was able to supply me with the cost of software licenses for a number of requested software packages Software PackagePrice per lic Adobe Photoshop CS 821010 Adobe Illustrator CS 117000 Adobe Premiere Pro 717510 Macromedia Studio MX 200417700 Microsoft Office 2003 Pro65 When a license is purchases only the rights to use the software are purchased therefore a media kit is also required A media kit is simply the installation CDsDVDs required to install the software and therefore only one is required Media KitPrice Adobe Photoshop CS 813400 Adobe Illustrator CS 1113400 Adobe Premiere Pro 713400 Macromedia Studio MX 200417700 Microsoft Office 2003 Pro27 Even when the combined price of a software license and a media kit for each package is compared to the retail price there is an obvious advantage of purchasing software licenses over retail software Software PackageRetail Price Adobe Photoshop CS 8104700 Adobe Illustrator CS 1185300 Adobe Premiere Pro 797500 Macromedia Studio MX 2004136000 Microsoft Office 2003 Pro78900 In addition some software companies also offer various levels of technical support for software purchased as individual licenses Mr Myers was unable to supply me with the current price for any Microsoft desktop operating systems as Advance Software Group does not distribute licenses for them as Microsoft runs their own licensing systems for their range of desktop operating systems Microsoft offers two different licensing schemes for small
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