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[Occasionally users have found that the software installs, but then does not operate correctly. In many instances, this behaviour is due to a glitch during download and the solution is to download the source zip file and run the installation again].
All of the software can be run freely immediately after installation. However GeoCalculator is a commercial packages that requires a paid license for continued use after a reasonable trial period. The exception is that academics and students can continue to use the unregistered version freely, provided that usage is purely academic. GeoCalculator opens with a form that requires acknowledgement that it is unregistered. In its unregistered form it contains a restriction on the number of data (five) that can be processed simultaneously as a batch. This restriction can be unlocked by registration of a paid license. The restriction is designed to be minimally annoying, without fully blocking any of their functions. (That is, academics and students are able to access all of the capabilities of the unregistered package, although they may find elements somewhat annoying).
When a license (paid) is registered, you are provided with a set of registration codes that both indicates your ownership of the license and bypasses these restrictions. You do not have to download any new files. To purchase a license go to the Purchase page.
Note that as of May 2023, GEOrient has been made free and no longer requires a licence to access full functionality. The registration page will be bypassed and the owner of the application will be shown as 'Anyone'.
Single User licenses can be registered to individuals only and will not be sold to corporate accounts. They can be installed and used, by that individual only, on as many computers as they wish. Single User licenses are only available to non-corporate users. They can be paid be paid for either by credit card or PayPal account using the the PayPal link in the Purchase page.
Corporate/site licenses are required not only by any corporation, but by any academic or government group that requires a site license for multiple individuals. They are site licenses, and can be installed on as many computers within the local site as required and used by as many users as wanted.
'Local site', within a corporate sense, includes a single corporate entity. It does not included subsidiary or associated companies, including subsidiaries in other countries.
Licenses for GeoCalculator are valid for the duration of its existence. There are no plans for any major changes to either GEOrient or GeoCalculator, but future Windows versions may disable them.
I have tried to walk a fine line between making this program freely available to academic users yet putting pressure on commercial users to pay for its use. The solution I have come up with (putting an "unregistered" opening screen and a few minor, but not insurmountable, restrictions) seems to be sufficient for this purpose and it allows academic users access to all functions in the program with only minimum inconvenience to them.
As part of Microsoft's security measures you now have to Unblock any .chm file in order view it. The following explanation and solution is extracted from this site and explains the procedure.... The reason the .chm files are blocked for viewing is because files that are downloaded off the Internet - including ZIP files and CHM files contained in those zip files - do not get automatic browsing rights on the local machine. They first have to be manually unblocked. This is a link is to another site that discusses the issues with viewing .chm files across networks. The following instructions come from Microsoft at: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/902225.
To enable browsing of .chm files:
- Double-click the .chm file.
- In the Open File-Security Warning dialog box, click to clear the Always ask before opening this file check box.
- Click Open.
- Right-click the CHM file, and then click Properties.
- Click Unblock.
- Double-click the .chm file to open the file.
The integrated menu Help will not work unless your system has been set up to read .chm files, as above.
I have been advised that the Help menus files cannot be read under Windows emulation on a Mac.
- Although every effort is made to rectify bugs as they are recognised, the author cannot guarantee that these packages are without error, and assumes no responsibility for their use, or for interpretations based on their use. Both GEOrient and GeoCalculator are now more than 25 years old and currently appear to be bug-free.
- Frequent field work commitments may occasionally delay my ability to handle email queries promptly