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Re: Standalone executables (was Origin of IDL)

I asked RSI's german representative a long time ago and he answered that 
it was so expensive and he was not willing to send a bid to a federal 
lab institute. In addition he told me that you have to receive a new 
license for every new application or upgraded version. So if you upgrade 
your program twice a year you will be paying $500K per year according to 
David's guess. But thanks to EXECUTE function you could basically run all 
IDL functionality from the worldwide licensed executable. David, you might
pay $50K to RSI, attach "FReeIDL" to your book, double the price, and 

Best Theo

PS: Seriously, I hope RSI will come up with a solution. It would be great 
if small IDL programs could be given to colleagues who are not using IDL. 

David Fanning wrote:
> Andy Loughe (loughe@fsl.noaa.gov) writes:
> > If you want to distribute an application to many people, the Unlimited
> > Right to Distribute option is recommended. With the Unlimited Right to
> > Distribute, you license into your application prior to distribution.
> > When your colleague or customer receives the application, they install
> > and run it, without any further validation.
> Uh, huh. And from what I hear, the Unlimited
> Right to Distribute license is only $50K per
> *version* of IDL.
> So, let's see, we'll forget about those cheapskates
> still using IDL 4. They can't be doing serious
> scientific work anyway. So 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, and
> I probably want to really get rich with 5.4. So for
> only a quarter million dollars I can be distributing
> my IDL application world-wide.
> Or did I miss something? :-)
> Cheers,
> David
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Dr. Theo Brauers
Institut fuer Atmosphaerische Chemie (ICG-3)
Forschungszentrum Juelich
52425 JUELICH, Germany
Tel. +49-2461-61-6646    Fax. +49-2461-61-5346