Astute Graphics licenses are perpetual – ie. they do not expire and you do not require a subscription. We only charge for major updates such as v1 to v2 or extreme Illustrator updates (last one being CS5 to CS6 in 2012).
Note: Astute Graphics often provides free upgrades for current major versions of products in relation to updated versions of Adobe Illustrator. For example, Phantasm v3 has received free updates for the most recent releases of Adobe CC including CC17, CC17.1, CC2015, CC2015.3 and CC2017. However, we are unable to support older versions of our software for the latest versions of Illustrator. Therefore Phantasm v3 does not run on CC17.1 or later. In this case, a customer would be required to purchase the latest version to continue use, or maintain a legacy version of Illustrator.
Customers are typically offered upgrade discounts for a limited period of time following the release of a new major software update, eg. v1 to v2. Notification of any offer will be provided via our mailing list unless you have unsubscribed or changed email address without updating your Astute Graphics account. We also publicise the availability of our new products on our social channels including Facebook and Twitter. We advise you keep an eye on this news so as to not miss an opportunity to save money.
Changing your computer
If you intend to change the computer on which you already have any of the Astute Graphics products already activated, ensure that you first de-activate the license key before making the change. Failure to do so may result in abuse of your license key and subsequent blocking of future activations (refer to the installer EULA).
Trial and licensing introduction
You can download and install our plug-ins, then test drive them for 14 days free of charge. During those 14 days, your tools will provide you with full functionality just as the paid versions would. This will ensure a COMPLETE experience of the plug-in before purchasing. Once the Trial period has ended, you will no longer have access to the tools until the purchase of a License Key has been made. However, you still have full access your files EVEN after the trial period has ended.
How many computers can I install on?
The number of licenses bought indicates the number of eligible users at any one time. Example: If you have a machine only YOU work on in your office, and your own machine at home, you can install and activate on both machines. If you have multiple versions of Adobe Illustrator on a single machine, there is no need to buy multiple versions of our plug-ins. During the installation process you will be asked to specify which versions of Illustrator should get your new plug-in. You can choose them all, or specify individual products. Your License Key can be applied to Windows or MAC as they are OS agnostic. Download your free 14 day trial now!
Activating with a license key
Having ensured you have the latest plug-ins installed (download the latest installer here), open Illustrator's menu Help > Astute Graphics > Licensing Summary…. This window provides full information about the Astute Graphics plug-ins installed, their licensing status and the ability to activate. For full information, refer to the video above.
De-activating your computer
If you intend to change computer or discard your existing licensed computer, it is essential that you first de-activate your license. Failure to do so may result in abuse of your license key which will result in the key being blocked for future use! When ready to de-activate your computer, for each plug-in, follow Help > Astute Graphics > Plug-in name > Deactivate…