When you buy our software, you can use it forever, on as many sites as you like. The price is not a licence, it is to pay for the time we spend on upgrades and support. If you don't need to upgrade, and you don't need support, you can use the software that you download from us for as long as you like, even after your downloading and support period expires.
Here at Les Arbres, we are always working on something. People are always sending us good ideas, and while we make no commitment whatsoever to do anything at all, we often do add new functionality to our extensions. So for our non-free products we offer a choice of payment options that include more, or less, upgrade options.
When you buy downloads from us, you buy a number of downloads (for that product) valid for a certain length of time. We send you a personalised link that you can use until you have exhausted your downloads or your time limit, whichever happens first.
For example, when you buy Plotalot, you can buy 5 downloads in 30 days, or 20 downloads over 2 years. If you take the 5 download option, you could use your downloads to immediately download the plotalot plugin and the paid version of the component. That would cost you 2 of your 5 downloads. You then have 3 downloads left, valid for 30 days. You could come back later, take a look at the version histories, and decide you would like to download a new version of the plugin. That would cost you another download, leaving you with two left. After your 30 days have expired, you can no longer download, even if you had not used up all of your downloads.
Our version histories are completely public, so you can get a good idea of how active each product is. Which option you choose depends on how important the extension is to your site, and whether or not you intend to upgrade to newer versions of the extension, or upgrade to newer releases of Joomla. Also bear in mind that if you need to talk to us about the extension for any reason, we do tend to pay more attention to users who have demonstrated more support for the product.
Please note that each product is priced and purchased separately. You can't use downloads for one product to download a different product. Our products are all very different and very few people use more than one, so our idea is that you only pay for what you need.
All our Joomla extensions are Free Open Source Software. In this context, "free" refers to the freedom to copy and re-use the software, and not to the price of the software. Basically, you are allowed to use it in any way you like, for as long as you like, on as many systems as you like.
We use the GNU General Public License, which gives you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify the software. Any developers who try to restrict these freedoms are not complying with the GPL and cannot advertise their extensions on the Joomla Extensions Directory. There is more information about that here.
The only thing we ask of you is that you do not make our paid works publicly available. That would severely reduce our ability to sell them, which would destroy our incentive to continue to develop and support them. That would help no-one. So far, this arrangement appears to be generally understood and respected for Free Open Source Software.
We are allowed to apply copyright to our documentation and to restrict your rights to copy, duplicate, or redistribute it. Please respect the copyright of our documentation.