Idea personal edition

What's the deal with IDEA personal edition? Is it real or not? If it is real, why does it have a time limit and expire on Sept 1?

I don't understand why I can't use my enterprise license to upgrade to a personal lincense. It says my key is not eligible and that I have to email JB. I did but they never replied and with the personal lincense expiring it seems I won't make in time.

Besides saving money, am I loosing in the long run by switching to the personal edition? What if JB changes their mind in the future and decides to scrap personal lincenses to make more money. Then I'll be stuck and will have to buy the enterprise edition.

I think JB needs to make clear what the personal lincese is and get rid of time limits. Is the personal edition available or not? Or is the personal lincense sometimes available and sometimes not?

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well, I can tell you what it is and that it's available, but I can't speak for JetBrains re: enterprise to personal upgrade policies. As far as I'm aware (since 3.0), the idea of a personal license is the individual developer purchasing a single copy of IDEA, to be registered in that individual's name - not registered to a company. Many of us (and more every day) work in company's where no development tools are provided. The days of the $2000+ IDE are, IMHO, over. With eclipse and netbeans viable free products, most company's don't see the need to spend money on IDEs - can't say I blame them. Now, many of us find that IDEA is a better tool for the way we work - even at full price it's far cheaper than, say, a JBuilder so we purchase our own copy - yes we spend money, but to us it's money well spent - certainly not an opinion held by all. I purchased 3.0, purchased a 4.0 upgrade, and just purchased the 5.0 personal license upgrade. I too found that my license key was not accepted by the online prompt. I emailed Jetbrains and included all my info: ie. license key, customer number, order number, etc. I did this on a Friday. I receive an email the following Monday with an alternate page I could use to place my order (ie. they validated for me). The order was placed and I had my new license key on Tuesday. Once I entered that key into 5.0, help/about shows it licensed to me and that it's a personal edition. So, that's what personal is and yes, it does exist. Why time limited? Again, I can't speak for JetBrains but that's pretty normal with most software, right? I use Quicken, eg., and have for years. Every year when a new copy comes out I'm given the option to upgrade at a special price for a limited time - after that I have to pay the regular upgrade price. Guess some could see this as frustrating but it's pretty common with commercial software to offer an incentive to early upgrade. Anyway, that's what I know.
Scott

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Ok. I guess I understand.

I'm glad your email to JB was handled. I emailed them about this and they
have not responded.

They must not like to fix these problems.

well, I can tell you what it is and that it's available, but I can't
speak
for JetBrains re: enterprise to personal upgrade policies. As far as
I'm a
ware (since 3.0), the idea of a personal license is the individual
develope
r purchasing a single copy of IDEA, to be registered in that
individual's n
ame - not registered to a company. Many of us (and more every day)
work in
company's where no development tools are provided. The days of the
$2000+
IDE are, IMHO, over. With eclipse and netbeans viable free products,
most
company's don't see the need to spend money on IDEs - can't say I
blame th
em. Now, many of us find that IDEA is a better tool for the way we
work -
even at full price it's far cheaper than, say, a JBuilder so we
purchase ou
r own copy - yes we spend money, but to us it's money well spent -
certainl
y not an opinion held by all. I purchased 3.0, purchased a 4.0
upgrade, an
d just purchased the 5.0 personal license upgrade. I too found that
my lic
ense key was not accepted by the online prompt. I emailed Jetbrains
and in
cluded all my info: ie. license key, customer number, order number,
etc. I
did this on a Friday. I receive an email the following Monday with
an alt
ernate page I could use to place my order (ie. they validated for me).
The
order was placed and I had my new license key on Tuesday. Once I
entered
that key into 5.0, help/about shows it licensed to me and that it's a
perso
nal edition. So, that's what personal is and yes, it does exist. Why
time
limited? Again, I can't speak for JetBrains but that's pretty normal
with
most software, right? I use Quicken, eg., and have for years. Every
year
when a new copy comes out I'm given the option to upgrade at a
special pri
ce for a limited time - after that I have to pay the regular upgrade
price.
Guess some could see this as frustrating but it's pretty common with
comm
ercial software to offer an incentive to early upgrade. Anyway,
that's wha
t I know.
Scott



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They like to fix them just fine. However you already said that you had an enterprise (i.e. business) license and not an existing personal license and so I doubt you are entitled to upgrade anyway since they are two separate things.

As far as I know you can only upgrade a 4.0 personal license to a 5.0 personal license, you cannot upgrade a 4.0 commercial license to a 5.0 personal license. They are two different products.

Again like Scott I don't speak for JetBrains, but that is my understanding of the situation and is not unusual to have different license types, it is something you will find common amongst many software vendors.

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