With the recent introduction of the upcoming REAL Studio Web Edition I've received a lot of questions about how to upgrade/update/renew existing license keys. I want to clarify how REAL uses the terms Renewal, Upgrade and Update.
Renewal - A 12 month Renewal gives you access to the current REAL Studio release and all releases for the following 12 months. You can Renew any "Modern" REALbasic/REAL Studio license key anytime, before or after its expiration date. Pre-2005 license keys must be Upgraded to the "Modern" edition before they can be Renewed.
Upgrade - You can Upgrade any existing REAL Studio license key to any edition up the line. For example, you can Upgrade your Personal license key to Professional or Upgrade your Professional license key to Enterprise. You can even Upgrade your Personal license key to an Enterprise license key, it will always save you money to Upgrade an existing license key. Upgrading a license key adds 6 months to the existing expiration date.
Update - You can "update" your license key by purchasing a Renewal. This will give you access to the current REAL Studio Release and all releases for the following 12 months.
Bears - We don't sell bears.
Your REAL Studio license key belongs to you and you are never required to Renew or Upgrade. I hope this answered your questions about REAL Studio license keys and subscription plans. We try and keep it simple here. Have you seen the REAL Studio License Terms? You can read the whole thing in under 5 minutes!
Remember, if you are developing professional applications it will always benefit you to keep your license key current. REAL Studio code maintenance should be an ongoing process not a quantum leap!
As always, if you have any questions about Upgrades, Renewals or REAL Studio please email Customer Service.