Current with the launch of Intuiface Version 6.3.13 on 15-May-2019, Intuiface also released their first major update to the packaging, shared licensing, and pricing model for Player in over seven years.
The three Player licensing options in the old model - Player for Windows, Player for Kiosks, Player for Tablets - will be replaced by a single cross-platform Player license that can be used on all Player-supported platforms. In the list below, prices are in both USD and EUR.
- Old Player licensing model
- Free license
- Player for Windows license
per license: 240/year, 49/month
- Player for Kiosks (ChromeOS, BrightSign, Samsung SSP, LG webOS, custom Android devices) license
per license: 120/year, no month-to-month option
- Player for Tablets (iPad, off-the-shelf Android tablets) license
per bundle of ten licenses: 240/year, 49/month
- New Player licensing model
- Free license
- Player Cross-Platform license
per license: 240/year, 49/month
By working with all supported platforms, a cross-platform Player license can be moved from one Player-supported OS to another without limit. There is no longer such a thing as a platform-specific license.
With the reduction of Player license options from three to one, customers with high volume device requirements can maximize their discount. In the old model, each Player license option was counted independently.
The cross-platform Player on Windows enables all customers to use the white label feature exclusive to Windows PCs. In the old model, the white label version of Player for Windows had a higher price point. (Only Player on Windows has the white label feature.)
Monthly option for platforms formerly associated with Player for Kiosks
With a cross-platform Player license, all supported platforms have a month-to-month option. In the old license model, there was no monthly option for Chrome, Samsung SSP, LG webOS, and custom Android devices - i.e. the platforms supported by Player for Kiosks.
- Player technology is untouched. We still use .NET technology on Windows and HTML5 on all other supported platforms. The Player packaging update discussed here only affects licensing, not technology.
- License duration options will continue to be one year, two year, three year, and monthly subscriptions.
- All purchased licenses will continue to be documented and tracked in your license dashboard. New-model Player licenses will be named "Player (Cross-Platform)" to distinguish them from old-model licenses.
- Diminishing difference in feature set
Although Intuiface on Windows continues to distinguish itself with the largest feature set, the other supported platforms have continually crept closer and closer to feature parity and thus we’re now splitting hairs.
- Avoidance of arbitrary complexity as we add new platforms
We’re not done expanding Player’s list of supported platforms. Trying to force-fit these new platforms in what are three seemingly arbitrary boxes didn’t make sense. (Not to mention how no other digital signage or presentation software on the market differentiates its runtime costs by platform.)
- Simplicity of purchase and resale
Whether we’re selling direct or you’re doing the selling, it is much easier to educate about packaging and then generate a price quote if there is only one kind of Player.
- More efficient license management
Both you and your customers will appreciate the ability to transfer any Player license key to any device. Plus end users won’t have to worry about anticipating which platforms they may use in the future.
- Better volume discounting
Any customer with high volume needs will be able to maximize their discount across all devices as purchase volume will no longer differentiate licenses based on platform.
You do NOT have to replace your existing old-model licenses. You can continue to use and renew your existing old-model Player license subscriptions. They are not being retired. You will also continue your entitlement to all new Composer and Player enhancements as they become available.
NOTE: Once expired, your old-model licenses cannot be resumed.
It is not possible to trade old-model licenses for new-model licenses. Instead, cancel renewal for your old-model licenses and on their scheduled renewal date, purchase new-model licenses as replacements.
You have until end-of-day (US, Los Angeles) on 14-May-2019 to purchase additional old-model Player licenses. Starting on 15-May, the new model takes effect and old-model licenses become unavailable.
Can you say a bit more about what is happening with the white label option exclusive to Player on Windows?
Exclusive to Windows, the cross-platform Player license will include the ability to replace Player’s splash screen with an image of your choice. No separate license key or install or price point is required. It will just be a bundled feature available to all users.
As in the old model, the white label feature will not be available on any Player-supported platform other than Windows.
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