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The Bat! Home Edition for PC

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Are you the type of user who just goes with whatever email client comes with your operating system? If you are, you're missing out on a whole world of benefits offered by programs that make working with email more enjoyable, productive, and efficient. Today's discount software promotion for Windows does just that - it's called The Bat!

The Bat! is an email client that transforms your email experience, with useful features that make email simple and convenient. First of all, The Bat! protects your sensitive information by supporting a wide array of authentication protocols and encryption methods, ensuring that your company's secrets remain secret and that your competitive advantage is secure. By the same token, The Bat! also features robust anti-virus defense, leveraging the power of its own integrated HTML viewer to defeat malicious code that can be served via web page content.

Do you want to be more efficient? Well, think about how much time you spend sorting email - now think about reclaiming all of that time by just setting up a few rules in The Bat! Just set sorting rules, and your incoming, outgoing, and read email will automatically be directed to the appropriate folder. You also get the benefit of custom templates, auto-reponse, confirmations, and the ability to run external programs. Take it to the next level with custom message templates that trigger in response to unique events. Quick templates cut down on the amount of typing you need to do, by automatically filling in frequently used text snippets. The Bat! even features integrated backup and restore for each mailbox that you manage.

Thanks to its ability to import messages from a huge roster of email clients, including Outlook, Outlook Express, Pegasus Mail, Eudora, and Netscape, there's no reason not to jump on The Bat! as your primary email client today!

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Mr. Yoop Any chance to get a discount on the new The Bat! Pro Edition or at least on the upgrade offers? This would be really a great deal...

Thanks,

Mr. Yoop
Jul 22 2012 at 12:55am Copy Link
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Joris Yep, me too! I'm waiting for the Bat! Pro Edition...
Jul 22 2012 at 5:12am Copy Link
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Rustem Faz Same question (discount for update pro to newer versions). :)
Jul 22 2012 at 7:17am Copy Link
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Scott Youngman Can TB import emails and address books from Eudora 7? (The website says up to Eudora 6.)

Can TB have multiple user-defined address books, all accessible at the same time?
Jul 22 2012 at 1:40pm Copy Link
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Glen Hilton Same again. Discount for update/upgrade to new version or Pro.
Jul 22 2012 at 3:09pm Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens @Scott Youngman: In the Import Wizard, no version number is named; it just says "Eudora Lite/Pro". I didn't try it, though.

You can open as many messages as you like, each in a separate window.

I think it's impossible to have more than one folder open at the same time. The tabs at the bottom represent filters. Below the folders area there's for example a tab for just showing the folders that contain new messages. The ones below the messages list are more flexible; you can define your own filters. There you can also define the source (current folder, specified folders, subfolders, ...)

I'm using the Pro Edition, so I'm not sure which features may be missing in the Home Edition. According to the feature comparison list (http://www.ritlabs.com/en...ifference/), the features I mentioned should all be there, though.
Jul 22 2012 at 7:43pm Copy Link
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Zsolt Szabo I can't set Exchange ovet Internet in The Bat!. Is it impossible?
Jul 23 2012 at 12:31pm Copy Link
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ron r What makes this program better than ThunderBird portable?

Can this program run portably? (So i do not have to re-install it every time I do a reinstall of my PC).

Is it possible to automatically create folders based on the mails you already have in your gmail account and then move emails automatically based on the created folder. The folder names needs to the same as the sender or the same as a string that exists in a message.
Jul 23 2012 at 4:11pm Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens @ron r: It depends on the point of view... :) What I like about "The Bat! Professional" is that I can automate many things and that I have a lot of control about what's happening.

There is a portable version, "The Bat! Voyager" (http://www.ritlabs.com/en...s/voyager/), but it's not part of the Home Edition.

I don't think you can create folders automatically (I never tried it, so I might be wrong). When the folders already exist, you can create filters and apply them to existing mails.
Jul 23 2012 at 8:27pm Copy Link
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Greg Zavado Is possible to upgrade from home to pro version?
Jul 23 2012 at 11:36pm Copy Link
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Scott Youngman As a potential new user of TB considering migrating years worth of emails from Eudora, I'm concerned about the very limited information available on TB's web pages about what it can do and how it works. That makes me feel I will be on my own, with little documentation or help, if I move to TB.
Jul 24 2012 at 6:57am Copy Link
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Roberto i was a thunderbird user until i moved to the bat. Take a look to the antispam snipper too, great plugin.
Jul 24 2012 at 7:07am Copy Link
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T J Hi, what advantages over Thunderbird does Bat! provide? Thanks!
Jul 24 2012 at 7:29am Copy Link
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James Elson A bit disappointing that no one had received any response from the vendor.

I was rather interested in this...
Jul 25 2012 at 2:20am Copy Link
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VLM ron r - Mozilla has just downgraded the Thunderbird project, and many TBird developers are being moved onto other projects, mainly FirefoxOS. Although I shudder at this decision, it is what it is. Just FYI.

I agree with Scott Youngman, not enough information appears to be available. For example, in my case I REALLY use Outlook rules. I do NOT love Outlook, the underlying infrastructure is awful, it's a dinosaur, and I would be HAPPY to replace it. But I also don't wish to jump from the frying pan into the fire.

So ... if anyone out there who has tens of thousands of emails, hundreds of folders in multiple top-level folders (PST files in Outlook), and uses lots of rules would be willing to describe a migration experience from Outlook to TB, or share a comparison of the two products, I would be most grateful!

And I agree with James Elson ... Oh where, oh where has our vendor gone ... ?
Jul 25 2012 at 2:48am Copy Link
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Richard Andersen @Scott

I migrated from Pegasus, also several years of mails and a lot of maillists, and a newer version than the one listed, no problems.

You could install the trial and give it a try, it shouldn't affect the old mailbox to migrate, as it just imports the mall folders. But as always, better make a backup first anyway, just in case.
Jul 25 2012 at 2:51am Copy Link
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VLM Just found extensive documentation on TB filtering functionality, helpful.

http://www.pcwize.com/the...ring.shtml
Jul 25 2012 at 2:55am Copy Link
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. zyria Is there a Calendar component to The Bat? Lightning was one of the reasons I migrated from Pegasus to Thunderbird many moons ago, but Thunderbird has never been as solid a product as I would have liked, so I have been looking for an alternative.
Jul 25 2012 at 4:31am Copy Link
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Steven Avery Hi,

Interesting. While there are five filter types, nothing really corresponds to "Manual" in Eudora. I like to use a two-stage filtering system, and manual takes the whole keboodle from stage 1 to state 2 (some read, some unread).

What is the most important "pro" feature missing ? Does the spell check run identical once you do the manual install. Making that a distinction seems a bit hokey.

Any Eudora users, how do you find TheBat! on :

a) filters
b) search
c) composing
d) having mail from multiple mailboxes all filtered into one system
e) generic data format ( e.g. .mbx ) and stability

I'm not that concerned about "import" as I would happily leave my gazillion messages in Eudora.

I did run into a funny glitch in composing in Eudora with multiple inline pictures so this does interest me ... on top of the long-range question of Eudora undeveloped, ... can we paste pictures right into TheBat! editor ? (Abbyy Screenshot Reader will send a pic to the clipboard, then I paste them in).

And I know TheBat! has a good techie reputation, with some capabilities above and beyond.

Steven
Jul 25 2012 at 4:49am Copy Link
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Cheryl Rutherford I looked at the Home versus PRO versions and I think I will wait until the discount comes out for the PRO. Here's a review for the 5.1 Home version and I think I will pass for the PRO, IF they ever offer it her:
http://email.about.com/cs...he_bat.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/do...ption.html
Jul 25 2012 at 5:24am Copy Link
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bai bai I know The bat is a very good software.

But is it worth to buy now? I have used gmail for many years.

What is the real advantage of the bat?
Jul 25 2012 at 5:39am Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho I'd like to see a discount for update/upgrade to new version or Pro.
Jul 25 2012 at 5:56am Copy Link
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Emil Kucera I am a long-time user of version 4 Professional - I, too, would welcome a deal on the latest Professional - though I must say that I am not aware of any urgent "must have" feature in the new version; 4.0 serves admirably.
Jul 25 2012 at 6:32am Copy Link
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Jason Howard I'd purchase the Pro version if discounted. I'd really like the flexibility that Voyager claims to offer.
Jul 25 2012 at 6:48am Copy Link
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Robert Reese When the Calypso email successor "Courier" finally died a few years ago, I tried all of the different email clients: Pegasus, Barca (WORST), The Bat!, etc. Incidentally, I went to Calypso from Eudora; I'd still be using Calypso if it hadn't died. :(

The only one that came close to meeting my needs was The Bat!

I have several email accounts, some with tens of thousands of addresses. The performance of the folders is very, very good.

There IS one issue I have with TB: because it is database driven, Windows crashing sometimes corrupt the database headers, so backups are very useful. However, TB has automatic backup settings, so any corruption is usually easily corrected.

I use the program for business, so I chose the Pro version. Apparently, there isn't much difference between the Home and Pro versions, according to RITLabs: http://www.ritlabs.com/en...ifference/

I've been promising my wife a good email program because she's tired of dealing with webmail, so I had to come grab the deal, and while I was here I thought I'd drop my two-cents and give praise where praise is due.
Jul 25 2012 at 6:49am Copy Link
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no name I will wait for the PRO version too!
Jul 25 2012 at 7:47am Copy Link
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Oversight13 Can TB import emails and address books from Eudora 7? (The website says up to Eudora 6.)

Not sure about 7, but you can use Aid4mail from Fookes to do this act.
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Can TB have multiple user-defined address books, all accessible at the same time?

Yes.
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Is it possible to have more than one email message open at the same time (windowed, as in Eudora)?
Yes.
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Is it possible to have more than one mailbox folder open at the same time?
Yes, using a virtual folder, which displays the contents (filtered, if you want) of as many other folders as you define.
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Is that what the tabs at the bottom are for?
No, the tabs are for quickly-filtered views of the contents of specific real or virtual folders.
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I can't set Exchange over Internet in The Bat!. Is it impossible?
No, TB can talk to Exchange over MAPI.
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Is there a Calendar component to The Bat?
Yes, and you can use it as a scheduler to perform programmed tasks.
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I have used gmail for many years.
What is the real advantage of the bat?

You can easily automate (filter) heavy mail flows into/out of gmail, and/or any POP3 account you have, much more extensively than any other desktop email client. You don't need to give up Gmail, but once you start handling Gmail accounts from TB, you'll never go back to Google's web interface.
This review is about 95% accurate:
http://email.about.com/cs...he_bat.htm
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The Pro version offers almost no real advantage, though I use it. If you are into hardware crypto tokens, go Pro, otherwise, having to separately download a different language speller dictionary, one time, is no big deal. The commercial vs. home use restriction is impossible to enforce. Let your conscience be your guide.
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Does the spell check run identical once you do the manual install?
Yes.
Making that a distinction seems a bit hokey.
I agree.
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Any Eudora users, how do you find TheBat! on :

a) filters
Nothing is superior to TB filtering and macros.

b) search
Nothing is superior to TB search; you can also specify a virtual folder be automatically built to hold the results of any search you run. Searches can be saved and rerun.

c) composing
Text and HTML composition is there, but I don't use HTML to compose, but I do read HTML mail.

d) having mail from multiple mailboxes all filtered into one system
Piece of cake.

e) generic data format ( e.g. .mbx ) and stability
TB uses its proprietary .TBB format, but other mail filter tools like ABC Amber and Aid4Mail can handle it fine, or you can export .TBB files to other formats such as .eml. mbox, etc. The format is an indexed database, so you can automatically specify compaction (removes wasted space from deleted messages) on a folder-by-folder basis, or globally, to save disk space and speed up operation. I have 500K messages in TB, built up over 10 years, have never lost a message. I run backups every 3 days, have used the resultant DB to move my messages to new machines several times.
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Regarding message encryption, if I encrypt a message inside TB, what happens when that message arrives on the desktop of a user who does not use TB? Does that user simply need a prearranged password? Or ...?
The user needs a S/MIME and OpenPGP or "regular" PGP-class program to decrypt the messages. These are built into many mail clients, or you can use a standalone program.
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Is possible to upgrade from home to pro version?
Yes, but you'll probably never need to.
Jul 25 2012 at 10:04am Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho About the Postponed sending.
I would like to know if I can schedule sending emails in future dates that recur. For example: I schedule a birthday date and every year the message is sent, without need to schedule again the next year.
Jul 25 2012 at 11:31am Copy Link
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Mark Marky Yep, I'd like to buy Pro version too.
Jul 25 2012 at 11:32am Copy Link
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Robert Reese @Nelson: This is one of my favorite features, and it is very easy to schedule sending mails, either on a per-message basis or as an account setting. For a message you are sending, simply click the clock / stopwatch icon on the bottom too

@Stuart: AWESOME review! I concur, with only one exception: I have lost a few (~10) emails due to corruption; by the time I discovered those messages had corrupted headers, it was too late and TB had already been backed up with the bad headers. On the other hand, those messages were also more than a year old and didn't matter, so I didn't care to go digging through old backups to replace them. I have now have several methods to prevent message loss, backups being just a part of it.
lbar of the message window to reveal the different options.
Jul 25 2012 at 12:04pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Guys we're psyched to have The Bat! here on BitsDuJour, but just to let you know we have no plans to promote the Pro version yet. If you're waiting for that it might be some time (if at all!)
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 25 2012 at 12:41pm Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho Thanks for the answer Robert Reese and Excuse my English.

Sorry if I insist on a detail. The example on the website of The Bat! it is possible to make a single schedule, simple. I would like to know also if it is possible a schedule that repeats yearly, monthly, etc. without the need of the user intervention.

Currently I use a good program called Reminder Commander, but it has some limitations.

Could you let me know more about this feature?

In advance thank you.
Jul 25 2012 at 12:50pm Copy Link
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VLM Robert Reese & Stuart Pye - Great comments, thank you. I particularly appreciate the clarity about home vs. pro.

Nico - Thank you for clarifying about home/pro intent.

QUESTION: On the version comparison page, next to the heading "Possibility for hardware authentication
with mail servers", it says "The Bat! v3.5 and later support eToken Pro and iKey1000. In future The Bat! will support other hardware tokens."

What does this mean?
Jul 25 2012 at 2:29pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @VLM Could you please try clearing your browser cache or try another brower while purchasing? I've just tested this in FireFox, Chrome and IE and noticed that the quantity can be modified in all of them. From experience I would say that this is a browser cache issue.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 25 2012 at 3:05pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @VLM I am sorry about the post above. It seems I missunderstood it. You can modify the quantity in the Quantity field but there is indeed a red message saying that the maximum quantity is limited to 1 unit.
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 25 2012 at 3:09pm Copy Link
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Robert Reese @Nelson:

I haven't tried that feature, but since The Bat! has support for complex filters, rules, and templates so I have no doubt it supports this. However, let me play around a little bit and report back to see if I can have repeating emails or templates that get sent out on a schedule.

P.S., your English is fine, and sadly much better than many Americans. ;c)
Jul 25 2012 at 4:39pm Copy Link
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James Elson One thing I did NOT find on The Bat's site is upgrades from Home to Pro.

Saw upgrades from earlier versions to newest both only for the same edition. :(
Jul 25 2012 at 4:45pm Copy Link
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Robert Reese @Nelson:

First the good news: you can create custom schedules to send template-based email as well specific messages.

The bad news is that there is no setting for recurring mail. HOWEVER, you can set those recurrances manually, and do so very easily and quickly.

If I remember correctly, I think you can download the software, and try it out. The setting you want is under the "account properties" (SHIFT+CTRL+P) and find Transport Postponed Sending.

So, no, there is no automatic repeat setting, but it only takes a moment to make several repeating schedules manually.

Hope this helps! :)
Robert~
Jul 25 2012 at 4:51pm Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho Hi Robert,
Once again thank you for your attention.
I believe this feature is not available in any e-mail client.
The Bat! can invest in this area, adding this functionality.
He already has the initial part.
A hug.
Nelson Carvalho
Brasil
Jul 25 2012 at 5:08pm Copy Link
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Michael R. Is it possible to have two ore more different databases (with completely different settings, email-accounts, etc.)?

So it would be possible to not mix up different usages, like work and private at the same computer and the same user.

If I install TheBat on two different computers of mine and they are connected via LAN, can the emails be synchronized?
Jul 25 2012 at 5:17pm Copy Link
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Robert Reese @Nelson: Thank you for your hug; made my day! I'm glad I was helpful. :)


@Michael R.: Actually, each account (and folder) is run from its own database. The interface is singular. I have several accounts for different purposes, and have no trouble separating one from the other. I will admit, however, that it took a short period to get used to it; now I prefer this to completely separate windows.

As for syncronization, the answer is 1) yes, and 2) even better if you use a shared folder for the email storage.
Jul 25 2012 at 6:02pm Copy Link
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Glen Hilton Hey Nico, I'm sure quite of few of us already have V5 standard. A nudge and wink to the vendor may well produce some good sales if Pro and or a Pro upgrade was offered at a later date. Thanks :)
Jul 25 2012 at 9:23pm Copy Link
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VLM I have found a good reason to prefer Pro over Home: Voyager only runs with Pro. I realize that others probably figured this out earlier, but in case I'm not the only one, I'm sharing anyway.

And I just looked at the page http://www.ritlabs.com/en...on_usd.php, which contains upgrade options. There is indeed no obvious upgrade path from Home to Pro, though the incremental cost appears to be USD 10 (using list prices).

Has anyone actually upgraded from Home to Pro, in either version 4 or 5?
Jul 25 2012 at 9:43pm Copy Link
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Robert Reese @VLM: That seems to be a localized issue for you; I've experienced no downtime with ritlabs.com at all.

Cheers,
Robert~
Jul 26 2012 at 5:08am Copy Link
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Jan-Christoph Ihrens @Robert Reese: Now it's online again, but for some time I saw a message that a connection to the database wasn't possible. I don't think that was a local problem... ;)
Jul 26 2012 at 5:34am Copy Link
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Alex Petrari (RITLabs) Scott Youngman wrote: "Can TB have multiple user-defined address books, all accessible at the same time?"

Answer: Yes, it is possible to create multiple address books and set them as the default ones for the respective e-mail accounts.

Zsolt Szabo wrote: "I can't set Exchange ovet Internet in The Bat!. Is it impossible?"

Answer: To be able to use Exchange in The Bat! it is necessary to have Outlook installed, because The Bat! uses the respective profile to connect with the Exchange server.

ron r wrote: "Can this program run portably?"

Answer: Yes, there is The Bat! Voyager, a portable version of The Bat! See https://www.ritlabs.com/e...nefits.php
Aug 8 2012 at 8:56am Copy Link
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Stan ... but Voyager is only available with The Bat! Pro.
Aug 8 2012 at 9:09am Copy Link
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Alex Petrari (RITLabs) @Stan Lewis: Yes, but there is a way to upgrade the licence for the Home Edition to the Professional one by simply paying the difference, 10 USD.
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