ashampoo_burning_studio-2014

Terms and Conditions
  • This is a 1-user lifetime, for home and business use
  • No free updates
  • No free tech support
  • Can be installed or re-installed whenever you want, as long as you download the installer and get your license key before the offer is over
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help
Technical Details
  • Developed by Ashampoo
  • Version is v12.0.5
  • Download size is 87.7 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: N/A -- too large for VirusTotal

Windows Full VersionApr 21, 2014

Free Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 (100% discount)

$39.95 Free!

Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 offers you everything you need to burn movies, music and data to CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays — fast and effectively.

This giveaway has no free updates. Get Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 with free updates for free updates and more features. Also, be sure to see how you can get $100 worth of Ashampoo software for just $20.

This sale has expired, sorry! See Active Sales list for more free and discounted Windows software.

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Comments

  1. Flademir

    Reply to this comment#78

    Tanks

  2. Tung Le

    Reply to this comment#77

    How do I get the registration key for Free Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 software?

  3. philg

    Reply to this comment#76

    download link broke. i got a 505 bad gateway error when trying to download so i downloaded from cnet and installed\activated with the serial provided here. it updated to the most recent version and all’s working fine. i’ve used several ashampoo apps and they are really good, i bought a couple just to support them even though the free versions did what i needed. here’s the link.
    http://download.cnet.com/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-2014/3001-2646_4-75290219.html?spi=40663381b2f1f0fdc5e8190a3dcac5a3&dlm=0

  4. DonP

    Reply to this comment#75

    One more thing: The AShampoo Burning Studio 14 is $15 on their website (the page they send to you). But it is also part of the “$100 worth of AShampoo programs for $20″ promotion here on SoS. So for only $5 more you can get another $50 worth of programs. Yeah, the prices are the inflated “MSRP” prices, but the programs are great and for $5 more you can’t go wrong!

  5. DonP

    Reply to this comment#74

    Great program, but beware!! This is a VERY dumbed-down version of the real product, Ashampoo Burning Studio 14. The first thing they do on installation is take you to their website and a page that basically says, “Here’s what you’re missing by not having the REAL product. Buy it now!” I don’t like that kind of bait-and-switch marketing.

    Having said that, however, Ashampoo makes great software. And in this case they are only charging $15 for the real thing, which is a really good buy. I have the 2013 version and it’s an excellent program if you use CD’s or DVD’s (or Blu-Ray’s) at all. I will happily pay the low price for this upgrade.

  6. Am

    Reply to this comment#73

    I followed the instructions, and clicked that blue button, and i am being asked for a password.. What is it?

  7. Godel

    Reply to this comment#72

    Correction: your “If this page doesn’t open, Click Here” link worked, and I got my key.

  8. Robert

    Reply to this comment#71

    It appears to have installed but will not run (not even as administrator) so I can’t get a key.

  9. Godel

    Reply to this comment#70

    Offer has expired, according to the program. This page says “Sale ends in 1 day 06 hrs 27 mins”

  10. Johnbbad

    Reply to this comment#69

    Thank you

  11. fogeycd2

    Reply to this comment#68

    I had no trouble d/l & installing the freebie & getting the key. Also d/l & installed & got key for full version 30day trial w/ no problem.

  12. Peter

    Reply to this comment#67

    Thanks

  13. Khang Trinh

    Reply to this comment#66

    How to get the license key?

  14. mishasin

    Reply to this comment#65

    Thanks you both, Ashraf and Ashampoo, for this giveaway.
    Best regards

  15. S

    Reply to this comment#64

    I received the temporary password email in order to get the full license key, but when I enter it into the login field, it comes up with “your password or answer was not correct. Please try again.
    What is wrong?

  16. hoceima

    Reply to this comment#63

    Thank you very much

  17. majed

    Reply to this comment#62

    Thanks for the link Ashraf, as I didn’t want to install at the moment. The link doesn’t work though. I get a 404 message when I tried via the email and the online purchase page. I’ll wait to see if it gets fixed before I install . I have my Retail 11 version installed at present.
    Thanks for all the offers you’ve been giving us.

  18. Tomas

    Reply to this comment#61

    Aciu

  19. Woozy

    Reply to this comment#60

    great offer

  20. Artur

    Reply to this comment#59OLD COMMENT

    Cпасибо

  21. uzun68

    Reply to this comment#58OLD COMMENT

    Very Good

  22. MujerAlta

    Reply to this comment#57OLD COMMENT

    Windows 7, i7, 64 bit: Downloaded and installed fine. Had no problems getting the emails or getting the program registered. But along with the program’s Desktop icon, a web link to Ashampoo’s “deals” (https://linktarget.ashampoo.com/……) in the form of a shopping cart-shaped icon also appeared on my desktop and will now have to be removed. I didn’t see it in Control Panel>Programs and Features. It’s not in the Start Menu. Didn’t see it in Computer>C:>Program Files (x86) and I am hoping is shows up when I open Revo. I’m a patient person but I don’t like surprise icons appearing on my Desktop.

  23. Rowdy

    Reply to this comment#56OLD COMMENT

    Have downloaded 3 Ashampoo programs, followed all directions, and still waiting for their email with registration access. I appreciate the free offers, I do, and the Ocster 1click did fine (via GOTD), but the Ashampoo process — well, it kinda sucks

  24. S.E.

    Reply to this comment#55OLD COMMENT

    [@S.E.] This was with Firefox. Using a different browser returned a key as expected.

  25. nirut

    Reply to this comment#54OLD COMMENT

    nice program

  26. Rob

    Reply to this comment#53OLD COMMENT

    Although I have made 3 requests for a password, for whatever reasons, I have not received one.
    2 were for gmail and (in case that was not considered a “valid email address”) the 3rd was for a different email address. Still, no password. Please advise.
    Many thanks,
    Rob

  27. Tublac

    Reply to this comment#52OLD COMMENT

    I only hope this program works as well as it looks. I experienced an easy download, quick install and registration too, with a little information. I like the license and have chosen to install on my windowsXP computer first.

  28. Lu

    Reply to this comment#51OLD COMMENT

    Ashampoo well known spammer, they send too much emails with promotions Be careful with register on them.

  29. mifrna

    Reply to this comment#50OLD COMMENT

    vitej te

  30. S.E.

    Reply to this comment#49OLD COMMENT

    With “Sale ends in 2 days 20 hrs 51 mins”, after pressing “Request Full License Key” and logging in, the following is returned (but a key is not) – the bottom part appears to be for the unrelated product “Ashampoo Photo Commander FREE”, the “No results found.” part appears to be the response to the Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 license key request.

    “No results found.

    Meinten Sie vielleicht ‘All the photo editing tools you need are included, you don’t need additional software: Enhance your images with the one-click optimizer. Remove the “red eyes” from flash photos, adjust colors, contrast, hue and many other parameters, resize, crop, rotate’ ? ”

    Additionally, on the “MyAshampoo – License keys” page, a key for Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 is not listed.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks.

  31. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#48OLD COMMENT

    [@Gregg] Did you register with Ashampoo?

    [@enjr] Welcome!

    [@mac] Welcome!

    [@AWMEANS] Welcome!

    [@mishasin] Welcome!

    [@Ernie F] Thanks for the feedback!

    [@LRBASS] Welcome!

    [@davriley1] Burning Studio 14 was released in 2013, so I’m not sure why the copyright is old. They may have forgot to update it.

    [@David] Welcome! I agree, their naming is a bit confusing…

    [@DonP] Welcome!

    [@wallace thomas] Use a different email address, then. Or check your spam.

    [@Dee-baby] Glad you like it! :-)

    [@stanley siu] Glad you like it!

    [@Mike Gasson] Glad to hear it worked, you are welcome!

  32. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#47OLD COMMENT

    [@ch2924] It is asking you for a password because you already have an account with Ashampoo. If you don’t remember your password, reset it from them and then you can login. Or, you can always use a different email address.

    [@Ernie F] THANK YOU for helping people out :-)

  33. Ernie F

    Reply to this comment#46OLD COMMENT

    [@ch2924] Yes, you have to setup an account with Ashampoo to get the license code. When you entered your email and clicked on the “Request Full License Key” you should have be taken to a screen telling you to activate your account by opening the email they just sent to the email address you entered on previous screen. Once you open the email (always check spam/junk folder) clink on the confirmation link given and you will be taken back to Ashampoo with a (Step 1) – “Congratulations your account is active now”. If you are setting up a new account then (STEP 2) you will be asked to enter some basic profile info. Once you do this (STEP 3) the License Key code is shown already highlighted so all you have to do in Ctrl+C to copy to clipboard.
    Now, open the program. If you do not get a popup window where you can enter the license code, then in the “HELP” menu click on “Activation Wizard” (NOT ‘register as a user…”). This should bring up a ‘registration’ button or blank field where you can paste (or type out) the license key code. Click ‘activate’ and you should see a “Program Activated Successfully” [or something similar to that]. Now when you click on the “Activation Wizard” item in the “HELP” menu you should see in upper right hand corner the words “Activated (unlimited)”. It is possible that if you have the license key saved to the clip board as mentioned above (in Step 3) that the code will be automatically entered into program when you open the Program for the first time. In that case you will not be given the blank field to put the code. But you will see the ‘activated (unlimited)’ in “Activation Wizard”.
    Note: Once the program accepts the license code you will not see the code anywhere in the program menus, BUT all of your license codes for any Ashampoo programs you have gotten free or purchased using the same email address will be in your “myAshampoo” account. If you do not remember (or never set) password try logging into your account and click on “Forgot my Password” to get instructions for resettig password. Be sure to use the correct email address.
    If the above doesn’t fix your problem, then uninstall the program and maybe even use a different email address to start over fresh.
    Hope this helps those having problem registering their Ashampoo programs.
    Ps. Tony is correct about one thing… Maybe I should get some consultant fee for all this……..

  34. Ernie F

    Reply to this comment#45OLD COMMENT

    [@Tony] Hi Tony, I do not work for Ashampoo. Just an active user of several of their products and have found them useful enough to live with Ashampoo’s marketing techniques which can be annoying but manageable— A click of the mouse takes care of it.

  35. Tony

    Reply to this comment#44OLD COMMENT

    @ErnieF. – Do you work for Ashampoo by any chance??? – If not, maybe you should…!

  36. Gregg

    Reply to this comment#43OLD COMMENT

    Hello. I downloaded and installed the program. But my request for the activation key has never been answered. Please send me an activation key.

  37. ch2924

    Reply to this comment#42OLD COMMENT

    [@Ashraf] ” and follow on-screen instructions to get your registration key,”… Ummm… after entering email and clicking “REQUEST FULL VERSION KEY” tab, the next page, onscreen instructions, is asking me for a Login password? https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/rba Uh, what password?!?! Looked for a REGISTER link/tab, but do not see one. After program installation didn’t see a “password” screen either, just the blue request FREE FULL VERSION KEY tab, which takes me to same enter email screen … followed again by the Login password screen after entering email. Any help or ideas? Do I HAVE to create an account with Ashampoo? Instructions under “HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND REGISTER THIS OFFER” doesn’t mention this?

  38. enjr

    Reply to this comment#41OLD COMMENT

    nice software. thanks.

  39. mac

    Reply to this comment#40OLD COMMENT

    After reading all the comments about which version or modification this actually is, my head is spinning!

    This program is probably all I’ll need for my use, but, if it isn’t, I already have an email offer to upgrade to Burning Studio 14 for $19.99.

    Thanks for this, Ashraf and Ashampoo.

  40. AWMEANS

    Reply to this comment#39OLD COMMENT

    I personally have approx 4-5 Ashampo ALL TOP NOTCH PROGRAMS. I ALSO get all kinds of Really great deals on other programs via E-mail as well !!!

    Thanks Ashampoo for Having & standing by your products!! And Thanks to U Ashraf for keeping all the Programs Coming & do’in an Excellent job at it as well!!!

    Sincerely,
    AWMEANS
    owner1998sho@gmail.com

  41. Ernie F

    Reply to this comment#38OLD COMMENT

    [@patara] Even though you may not have gotten an “upgrade” discount offer, I am sure you have gotten many good discount offers from Ashampoo. Like you I have used several Ashampoo products that I got from various giveaways and I get frequent discount offers for the most recent versions. Of course the best discounts are offered just before the newest version is released.

  42. mishasin

    Reply to this comment#37OLD COMMENT

    Thanks Ashraf.
    Best regards

  43. Ernie F

    Reply to this comment#36OLD COMMENT

    Some thoughts on those that feel the Ashampoo giveaways are “crippleware”: Even though the numbering/naming convention used by Ashampoo is confusing and the giveaways usually have some features missing that are in the paid version, I believe they still offer very useful software at no cost on regular basis.
    One way to think about the giveaway versions is that they are like “Special Edition” versions of their regular products. Similar to those that sometimes come with hardware (i.e. scanners, printers, harddrives, etc). They are very capable and have many features of the regular paid versions but do not have all the features.
    The whole point of giveaways is to increase user exposure/market share and to offer you a good user experience with the hope that you will buy the upgraded model. If looked at from this perspective it is not a rip off.
    If you decide you need more capabilities than the giveaway special edition has, then you already know if the Ashampoo product is worth buying. And Ashampoo frequently offers deep discounts on their current versions offering increased capabilities. If you don’t like them then you can look around for other brands that do better what you want to do.
    One advantage of the Ashampoo giveaways over many others offered by other vendors is that if you saved the install file you can uninstall and later reinstall it – even on a different computer. The license code is always available for you at your myAshampoo account.
    As far as all the email offers they send you, just go to your myAshampoo acct.>> ‘Settings’ and un-check any subscriptions/notices listed. You will get a cancellation message at top of screen. You will have to do this EVERYTIME you install any Ashampoo program. So if you don’t want those email offers you need to remember to do this everytime. But then you may miss the ‘offer you can’t refuse’………

  44. LRBASS

    Reply to this comment#35OLD COMMENT

    Thanks again. I had an older version and it was great until my old PC died, but this is great to have again.

  45. patara

    Reply to this comment#34OLD COMMENT

    [@Godel]

    I’ve been using and purchasing Ashampoo software for a few years and unless it is end of version they have never offered me the full Burning Studio upgrade with an extra discount. They exclude it from their specials in the emails I receive. I’ve tried making an offer when they have had that option but it is never accepted because I can’t make an upgrade offer, hence they say my offer is too low.

  46. Ernie F

    Reply to this comment#33OLD COMMENT

    I have many of the Ashampoo products – some paid and some are giveaways. As others have stated: In general they produce solid performing software if not ‘cutting edge’.
    I do find their naming system for giveaway programs and their regular paid versions of the same software to be confusing. (And some people feel it is misleading.) You have to look carefully at the actual version number once you install the software to know what version of the software you actually have (click on ‘About’).
    A case in point is: Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 (ABS 2013) and the paid Ashampoo Burning Studio 11 (ABS 11). I have both of them and use them frequently. ABS 2013 is a special giveaway version of ABS 11 (released in 2011). ABS 2013 has an actual version number of ’11.05.38′. The paid ABS 11 is version ’11.0.4.8′. Even though ABS 11 has a slightly lower [older] version number it has two functional features not in the giveaway ABS 2013:
    (1) ABS 11 has a ‘Movies and Slideshow Authoring’ capability in the ‘Burn Movies’ menu; and (2) it has a ‘Compact Mode’. Otherwise I do not see any real differences in capabilities.
    The current giveaway ‘ABS 2014’ is actually a special giveaway edition of ABS 12 (v12.0.5.20, build 4110) ( ABS 12 was release in 2012). I haven’t had a chance to do detailed comparison between ABS 2014 and ABS 12, but base on the Ashampoo website info for ABS 12 (do search for it on Ashampoo site) and today’s giveaway- ABS 2014, it appears to be the same as mentioned above.
    ABS 12 (and ABS 2014) do seem to have some performance improvements and features over ABS 11 (and ABS 2013) so I will give it a good test and may decide to uninstall ABS 11 & ABS 2013. And who knows, Ashampoo may ‘make me an offer I can’t refuse’ on ABS 14 (the real 2014 version). It does have some new features that seem worth having.

    BTW: One of the good aspects of dealing with Ashampoo is that when it installs a new version of their software, it does not delete or overwrite the existing version. So you can keep the older version if you decide you like it better or it has some feature that the newer version doesn’t have. Plus they keep your license keys in your ‘myAshampoo’ account. Be sure to save copy of the install file in a safe place off your OS hard drive, then you can always reinstall it if necessary.

    Now, Do you know what version you actually have?

  47. davriley1

    Reply to this comment#32OLD COMMENT

    [@David] and Burning Studio 13 was actually Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 – Version 11.0.6 – [11.0.6.40 (3710)]
    . The copyright of Burning Studio 14 is 2012……..

  48. David

    Reply to this comment#31OLD COMMENT

    Thanks for the free version. Free is free… However….. mislabeling their products is deceptive. As with most of their ‘free’ products, immediately after registering, you will receive an ‘upgrade’ notice to upgrade to their latest version for $xx.99 . reasonable…. but still. For instance, the last version I had of this was Burning Studio 13. So I naturally thought I was getting the Burning Studio 14 as advertised. Yet upon registering, I noticed that this is actually version Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 – Version 12.0.5 – [12.0.5.20 (4110)]. On Ashampoo’s website, they offer Burning Studio 2014. But it is version 14.0.1 WHAT GIVES, Ashampoo???? your labeling is very misleading and confusing. this particular version is advertised as Burning Studio Free on your download page. Yet this Giveaway version is entitled Burning Studio 14 (but version 12.0.5). Again, free is free. can’t complain. but be a little more honest in your titles, Ashampoo.

  49. Godel

    Reply to this comment#30OLD COMMENT

    [@patara]
    \
    Give them your correct email address, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get an upgrade offer for $10 or $15 within the next couple of months, during one of their many “sales”. :-)

    It took some patience, but I got my copy of Photo Commander 11 for $10.

  50. patara

    Reply to this comment#29OLD COMMENT

    [@DonP]
    I agree re many of Ashampoo’s products. I have the retail Burning Studio 11 and would love to upgrade but feel it isn’t quite fair of the company to offer new buyers the same price as returning customers wanting to upgrade. They seem to do this with all their software. It would be great when they do these deals if they also had one slightly lower for upgrades. e.g. $15 for upgrades of Burning Studio 14. If Ashraf could get upgrade deals I would probably upgrade all of mine over time.

  51. DonP

    Reply to this comment#28OLD COMMENT

    I am currently a user of the paid, full version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 (and 2012), and it is a great program. I can’t vouch for the apparently dumbed-down version offered for free here, as I don’t know what limitations they’ve put on it. But if you burn CD’s or DVD’s, I highly recommend the Ashampoo Burning Studio. Also, if you’re a previous paid user of the product (as I am), the upgrade to 2014 is always $19.95 at Ashampoo, so the paid version offered here is great for those who don’t own a previous version, but no big deal for a paid user. Great giveaway today, guys!!

  52. wallace thomas

    Reply to this comment#27OLD COMMENT

    I requested to change my password. No response from ashampoo.

  53. Dee-baby

    Reply to this comment#26OLD COMMENT

    I personally love Ashampoo’s products, enough to have paid for three good ones. I don’t mind getting their many emails either. I also appreciate Ashraf for what he does for us. I look forward to this email. I consider it my email of goodies. People need to stop complaining about these free or deeply discounted software. If you don’t like it, keep it moving. You’ll eventually find something you can use!

  54. stanley siu

    Reply to this comment#25OLD COMMENT

    I used previous version, it was easy to use.

  55. Mike Gasson

    Reply to this comment#24OLD COMMENT

    No, I cannot see a ‘Not Now’ button. That is when using Comodo Dragon, but using Internet Exploder, I do get the key!
    That’s all I need, a duff browser!!
    Thanks Ashraf

  56. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#23OLD COMMENT

    [@Ara] Odd, the link works perfectly fine for me. Nonetheless, glad it worked for you somehow.

    [@Amy] My understanding is, v2014 is similar to v12. So whatever changes were made from v12 -> v14 are the changes from v2014 -> v14. I listed the major new features of v14 at http://sharewareonsale.com/s/ashampoo-burning-studio-14-sale

    [@Scott Hedrick] Thanks for the feedback :-)

    [@Mike Gasson] Hmmm? Do you see a “Not Now” button? Click it.

  57. Mike Gasson

    Reply to this comment#22OLD COMMENT

    Hi, I installed the program, got a mail back to ask me to confirm my mail address then got a browser page showing that my account is active but then I get this:

    ‘Step 2: Show license key.’ But no licence key shows! Have I missed something?
    Thanks, looks like a good prog.

  58. Scott Hedrick

    Reply to this comment#21OLD COMMENT

    While I prefer Nero, I’ve used this before and it works well. I have it on my laptop because I didn’t want to pay for another copy of Nero. So let’s not whine about the free software.

  59. Amy

    Reply to this comment#20OLD COMMENT

    Is there a feature comparison table for 2014 and version 14. Curious as to what the big brother upgrade offers.

  60. Ara

    Reply to this comment#19OLD COMMENT

    [@Ashraf] Never mind, I got the register link from another page… All I was saying was that when I clicked on your link that you wrote in the “HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND REGISTER THIS OFFER”, I clicked on the “click here if the button doesn’t work” and your link redirected to an Ashampoo website stating that “Invalid Register Link”…

    Thank You anyways for all the offers you provide us!
    -Ara

  61. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#18OLD COMMENT

    [@gert empacher] Glad to hear you like it!

    [@patara] Good to hear!

    [@Ara] The link works fine at my end. Can you tell me the exact error you are getting? Copy and paste it.

  62. Ara

    Reply to this comment#17OLD COMMENT

    Hello Ashraf, I don’t know why the button in the Ashampoo app isn’t opening my browser to let me get my free code… Tried your link in the email and it opens Ashampoo’s website and says it’s invalid! Can you please check that for me?

    Thank You!

  63. patara

    Reply to this comment#16OLD COMMENT

    [@Ashraf]
    Thanks Ashraf. I fixed the link before pasting into the browser and it worked.

  64. gert empacher

    Reply to this comment#15OLD COMMENT

    This program is super, using earlier versions

  65. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#14OLD COMMENT

    [@patara] I’ve fixed the link sorry about that — I forgot the http://! Try now :-) (You will need to grab it get us again to get the updated link).

  66. patara

    Reply to this comment#13OLD COMMENT

    [@Ashraf]
    Thanks for the link Ashraf, as I didn’t want to install at the moment. The link doesn’t work though. I get a 404 message when I tried via the email and the online purchase page. I’ll wait to see if it gets fixed before I install . I have my Retail 11 version installed at present.
    Thanks for all the offers you’ve been giving us.

  67. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#12OLD COMMENT

    [@Marlowe] Welcome! However, I’m sorry but we will not do as you ask. We already provide a good amount of info/directions regarding offers and we don’t plan on increasing that in the near future unless absolutely necessary. If you really want a program, then installing it to get the key shouldn’t be a problem.

    That said, I’ve updated the directions for Ashampoo Burning Studio 2014 to include a link from where you can get your license key without having to install the program. Enjoy.

  68. Marlowe

    Reply to this comment#11OLD COMMENT

    Thanks for this and the many other offers I’ve enjoyed. Installing whenever I want is a big plus for me, but note that with this offer one does have to install it to get the license key. Wondering if in the future you could add that to the terms so to distinguish it from offers where the key doesn’t require installation.

  69. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#10OLD COMMENT

    We previously ran giveaway of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013. Now 2014 is available — enjoy!

  70. Philx

    Reply to this comment#9OLD COMMENT

    @ JohnC: I do wonder where within my original post on Ashampoo’s “passing off” marketing strategy any grounds were given for your “what do you want – totally free, totally unlimited, free and unlimited support high-end software and all updates for free? Grow up. We are all adults who can make up our own minds about software and we – unlike you – do appreciate that there is no such thing as a free lunch – and a few easy to delete emails are the price Ashampoo charge.”

    Putting words into the mouths of others so as to self-righteously condemn them is a surprisingly juvenile self-indulgence in one so evidently anxious to assert a greater maturity. Perhaps if you ceased to be so ridiculously patronising and instead read Ashraf’s considered response — which debates the term “freeware” with admirable clarity — and also Godelname’s and Mikerman’s in regard to the confusion bred by Ashampoo’s marketing, you’d appreciate that as at dot tech, so here at SoS: people raise issues, express opinions. . . and can amiably agree to disagree. It’s how grown-ups behave.

  71. GodelName

    Reply to this comment#8OLD COMMENT

    I agree with MerryMarjie and JohnC, but you have to feel a little sorry for the occasional newbies who might actually purchase something at full price from the Ashampoo website. :-)

    BTW, I’ve previously bitched on DotTech about the iniquities of charging different prices for downloadable software, just depending on the buyers location. Check out the currency selection feature in Ashampoo’s shop.

    For example Photo Commander 11 will cost $50 AUD (rounded up) which is about $47 USD. Depending on the currency you select the same product costs $50 if you select USD, 50 Euros (about $67.75 USD) or 35 British Pounds (about $56 USD). There are currency conversion costs from your credit card company which are about 3% for AUD to USD, but may be much higher for other currency pairs.

    Interesting eh? All for ticking a different option in a drop down menu.

  72. JohnC

    Reply to this comment#7OLD COMMENT

    Why do people like Philx keep on boring us all with their gripes.
    What do you want – totally free, totally unlimited, free and unlimited support high-end software and all updates for free?
    Grow up. We are all adults who can make up our own minds about software and we – unlike you – do appreciate that there is no such thing as a free lunch – and a few easy to delete emails are the price Ashampoo charge
    I would endorse Ashrafs response and add that Ashampoos products are actually good value “un-flaky” software – not the best, but for people like myself who cannot afford the prices changed by the “big” companies and who are looking for a piece of software to carry out a specific task, not on a daily but only an occassional basis, a Godsend.
    Thank you Ashraf, thank you SoS, and thank you Ashampoo!
    Phllx – no thank you!!

  73. MerryMarjie

    Reply to this comment#6OLD COMMENT

    I am a pretty experienced computer user and I’m well aware of Ashampoo, their software and marketing tactics. and I just downloaded my second Ashampoo software in two days. I appreciate the service Ashraf has here on SharewareOnSale, and I wanted this software because I’m not willing to pay the retail amount for programs I won’t use very often. I’m sure I will get a lot of mail from Ashampoo, but I have opted out of their e-mail before, can do it again.

    If Ashampoo wants to give software away in order to entice paying customers, that’s fine with me. I have a delete button on my e-mail, and who knows, I may even like something so much, I’d pay for it (which I have done with several freeware programs). I’m just very grateful that Ashraf runs a site where I can find and discover new products that will be helpful to me, and I’ll deal with any consequences.

  74. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#5OLD COMMENT

    [@Mikerman] Welcome!

  75. Mikerman

    Reply to this comment#4OLD COMMENT

    Thanks, Ashraf, for outlining the “pecking order” of Ashampoo freeware/shareware/paid versions, which I NEVER can keep straight or remember . . . . In for one.

  76. Plantagenet

    Reply to this comment#3OLD COMMENT

    The simple truth is that Ashampoo produce some very fine software and exercise a full frontal sales pitch when it comes to selling their software and updates. This is fine with me. I use many Ashampoo products, including Burning Studio 2013 which I find to be perfectly adequate for my needs. The give away for Ashampoo Snap 6 elsewhere on this site is a real beauty, check it out if you haven’t already.
    Yes Ashampoo will send you plenty of emails with details of offers and such, but I for one quite like to see what they are offering.
    So thank you Ashampoo and a big thank you to Ashraf for a fantastic give away site, keep up the good work.

  77. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#2OLD COMMENT

    [@Philx] First of all, let’s make it clear Ashampoo never told me “assign X value to X freebie”; I took a shot in the dark of assigning a value to each Ashampoo freebie based on how I felt it compares to its for-sale bigger brother.

    That said, I wholeheartedly disagree with you.

    Just because a program — or product — is not normally sold does not mean it has no value. On the contrary, every program has a value and while these Ashampoo freebies may not have as many features as their for-sale bigger siblings, they (typically) have plenty features in and of themselves. You are only seeing them as crippleware when you are comparing them to their for-sale versions; look at them as programs in their own right and you will understand what I mean.

    Now it is true that Ashampoo has cleverly named these products to be similar to their for-sale counterparts and they do use these freebies in order to upsell you to their for-sale products. And it is true that Ashampoo has started to have so many giveaways that these freebies are readily available at almost any time, so one could argue they are akin to freeware. However, they aren’t freeware because, well, they aren’t freeware. Freeware is a program available to everyone at anytime without cost. While Ashampoo has had and continues to have many giveaways, Ashampoo still controls the distribution of these software on a freebie-by-freebie offering basis and they could end it at any time.

    While Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 is indeed freeware because its distribution isn’t controlled by freebie offerings; anyone, at any time, can go download Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 without the need to find a freebie promotion being run by a website, Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 isn’t the same; it is the freebie promotion version of Ashampoo Burning Studio 12 that can only be had via freebie offerings (with the caveat that there are many, continual Burning Studio 2013 freebie offerings). Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 has more features than Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 but less than Ashampoo Burning Studio 12. It is in the middle of Ashampoo freeware and Ashampoo shareware.

    These freebies are a marketing ploy by Ashampoo, just like other developers. For example, Paragon Software does the same thing although on a limited basis. Would you rather these companies not offer these giveaways?

  78. Philx

    Reply to this comment#1OLD COMMENT

    Ashampoo’s marketing model consists of creating commercial software with a version number which is then stripped of its most attractive features and released as freeware with a year date.

    Where Burning Studio 12 is concerned — the latest version of this software — a retail value of $49 95 applies because that’s what Ashampoo is asking. Where Burning Studio 2013 is concerned, a retail value of $39.95 does not apply because the product does not exist as a commercial entity and so Ashampoo has never asked, nor ever will ask, $39 95 for it.

    The flogging of freeware in the guise of cost-free commercial software so as to harvest the email addresses of prospective up-sell targets is as ethically dishonest as it is irritating. And it’s especially obnoxious where Ashampoo is concerned, because this German developer’s software is generally of a quality good enough to merit being released in two guises: (1) full-featured retail commercial ware and (2) stripped down “teaser” freeware.

    Pretending that the latter is the former is, in the UK at least, known as “passing off”. It is a criminal offence. And rightly so.

    I can’t be bothered to check the extent to which the mythical $39 95 Burning Studio 2013 relates to the actual $49 95 Burning Studio 12 or even Burning Studio 6, which Ashampoo is now offering free of charge on its website. But then again, so little faith can be invested in this developer’s concept of truth-telling that for all I know, the offer of “Burning Studio 6″ for free isn’t any kind of free offer at all but a yet further deliberate attempt by Ashampoo to mislead prospective users with a fake retail product.

    What I do know is that a recent experience of Ashampoo’s “Movie Studio 2013″ — passed off as being a ‘real’ product of genuine retail value — demonstrated that in comparison to the commercial ware “Movie Studio 1.0.5″, the year-dated software was merely crippled freeware allowing just one video input format (Ashampoo specifically excluded mpeg2 and mpeg4) and just one video output format (Ashampoo specifically excluded DVD, mpeg 4 and mpeg2.)

    The developer’s likely counter argument that the software was still of use is besides the point. Of course it’s still of use, just as, for example, is video-related freeware from Fengtao, a software developer of worldwide repute. The difference is that Fengtao, creator of DVDFab, has more respect for itself and for its users than to go around offering “free!” products which have never been for sale anyway.

    What most certainly does have retail value is “integrity”. It’s long past time that Ashampoo started bundling that into its offerings, and stopped all this unnecessary duplicity with its “free $retail value” offers. Why not tell the truth, Ashampoo? Why not simply offer freeware as freeware instead of passing it off as something else??

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