Purchase a licence
We hope that after using your free trial copy of Rainbow Pro (Rainbow Analyst Professional) or Rainbow Governance you will decide to purchase a licence and continue using Rainbow. You can purchase an individual licence for 1 to 9 users for either Rainbow Pro or Rainbow Governance. Or if your organisation will have 10 or more people using Rainbow Pro, you can purchase a corporate site licence (see Corporate licensing and deployment below; note this option is not currently available for Rainbow Governance).
On our Products page you can purchase all types of individual licence securely using a debit or credit card or a PayPal account. If you have any problems with the payment process, please contact us for alternative methods of payment.
After you have purchased your licence, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement by email, and then (usually within half a day of receiving your order) we will email you the appropriate licence key, linked to your name and email. You can then install your licence simply by clicking About Rainbow (under the User Guide menu on the Rainbow tab) and entering your name and email address, and your licence key exactly as supplied to you. This will convert your copy of Rainbow from a free trial copy to a fully licensed copy.
For more information about payment by invoice and/or bank transfer, and corporate site licensing arrangements, please see below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the details on our Contact page.
All our licences are “per user” rather than “per machine”. So if (for instance) you have both a laptop and a desktop computer, you can install your licensed copy of Rainbow on both machines provided that only you will be using it.
And all our licences are now “perpetual”, in other words they allow you to continue using the same version of Rainbow for as long as you wish. In addition, all licences include free technical support and product updates for either one year or two years. At the end of this period you can still continue using Rainbow, but without any further support or updates, or you can purchase an additional (update) licence to continue with support and updates.
All our licences are valid for commercial use. Previously we offered a low-cost “Business” licence which was valid only for use within your own business, and not for consultancy to other businesses (which required a “Finance” licence). However, it proved difficult to manage this distinction, and so all our licences are now effectively “Finance” licenses, and are valid both for use within your own business and for consultancy to other businesses.
Installing your licence
To set up your fully licensed copy of Rainbow, you will first need to have a free trial copy installed. Please see our Installation page for details of how to download and install your free trial copy.
As explained above, you will also need your licence key, which is linked to your name and email address, and also the type of licence you have purchased. If you have not yet received your licence key, please contact us at the email address below or via the details on our Contact page.
You can now install your licence very simply, by clicking About Rainbow (under the User Guide menu on the Rainbow tab) and entering your name and email address, and your licence key exactly as supplied to you. This will convert your copy of Rainbow from a free trial copy to a fully licensed copy.
And if you have any questions or suggestions, or (for instance) if you need a formal invoice from us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Corporate licensing and deployment
If you are looking to deploy Rainbow Pro in an office with 10 or more users, then it will be cost-effective for you to purchase a corporate site licence, costing 10 times the price of a single individual licence. Generally this covers all users at a single corporate site, but of course if you have (for instance) 16 users spread across four offices, we would only charge for a single site licence. And conversely if you have (for instance) 200 users all based in your main office, this would require more than one site licence. In any case please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.
For smaller businesses, we can deliver a version of Rainbow Pro customised with your company name and contact email, so that when your users first use Rainbow Pro they will only need to enter your corporate licence key. Our larger customers are increasingly deploying Rainbow remotely using tools such as SCCM, and we have compiled a Remote Installation Guide with the information you need for this purpose. And if required, Rainbow Pro can be installed in the general XLSTART folder to be available to all users on each machine. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.
You can purchase a corporate site licence via our Products page; simply click the “Site licences” product category near the top right of the page to see a list of all our site licence products. And we can also send you an invoice for payment by bank transfer, or a formal receipt for your payment on our website. Whatever your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you purchase a licence for Rainbow, what you get from us is simply a licence key; we don’t ship a physical product that you can send back to us if you’re not satisfied with it. This is why we don’t make refunds; because it would be very easy for someone to claim a refund and then just continue to use the licence key. And the reality is that none of our customers has ever even enquired about a refund.
Of course you will have had a good opportunity to test Rainbow for yourself during the 30-day free trial period. But if after purchasing your own licence you come across something in Rainbow that you’re not happy with, please check out our Support page, and if you don’t find the answer there then do contact us at email@example.com. We’ll be very happy to hear your feedback and help resolve any problems!