SAWMILL TESTING CREDIT
The Testing Credit program is currently unavailable. Check back with us because it may be revived with future releases.
Earn credits that can be put towards the purchase of Sawmill. Just follow these instructions:
Download the 30-day trial version of Sawmill 8.
Use it for as many hours as you need to earn your license, with each hour
worth a $40 discount (i.e. five hours for a 1-profile Lite license, ten hours for a 5-profile Professional license, etc.).
Keep careful and detailed notes (an average of at least one note every 10 minutes) of everything
you do with it (an example), anything that you find confusing, and anything that doesn't
Send your notes to email@example.com,
and we'll send you credit towards a free license for Sawmill!
The details: Help us test Sawmill
We need testers to find bugs and other problems in Sawmill.
We need input from a wide range of testers, describing what could be done better,
what doesn't work right, and what just plain doesn't work. That's why we're offering this
special deal: test Sawmill for us for an hour, and you'll get a $40 credit toward the
purchase of Sawmill. You can repeat that as many times as you like.
That means that if you test it for ten hours, you'll get a $400 credit,
or enough to purchase a 5-profile Professional license for Sawmill
(or test for five hours to get a 1-profile Lite license).
Some extra details:
Type up everything you do during testing, even if it works fine.
We need to know what has been tested. Your writing doesn't have to be
pretty, grammatical, or well-spelled, but we need to be able to understand
what you're writing. We need details--as a guideline, your report should have an average of
at least one comment or note for every ten minutes you spend, with notes more frequently where possible.
Here's an example of the kind of notes we're looking for. This
is a particularly good example, and your notes don't need to be quite this detailed, but this is
something to shoot for.
Windows users: if you use Notepad, you can press F5 to insert
timestamp information easily.
vim users--add this to .vimrc to allow use of F4 to insert time:
:imap <F4> <c-r>=strftime("%H:%M")<cr>.
If you find a genuine, reproducible bug which causes Sawmill to
crash, or a security bug which provides a means of gaining
inappropriate access to the computer running Sawmill, you'll
get an extra $100 bonus credit. We really want
Sawmill to be stable and secure. We get to decide whether
the bug is genuine and reproducible. However, if you can crash
your own copy of Sawmill repeatedly with it, it probably
qualifies. If you can gain unauthorized access to a computer
via Sawmill, it also qualifies. Operating system
incompatibilities do not normally count (e.g. running Sawmill on
Windows 3.1, an unsupported platform). However, even operating
system incompatibilities can qualify if they affect enough
people unreasonably, for instance if the presence of a
commonly-used DLL on Windows causes Sawmill to crash. When in
doubt, report it and we'll decide.
If you find a genuine, reproducible bug which does not cause a crash,
or an error in the documentation or the interface (even just a typo, bad punctuation, or bad
grammar), you'll get an extra $40 bonus credit.
Find ten little problems and you've earned a free 5-profile Professional license.
You can even get this credit for finding errors in our web pages.
Credit can be applied only to the purchase of Sawmill--you cannot use it for any
other purpose, and you cannot convert it to cash.
Testing credit is prorated for partial hours. I.e. you'll get $20 credit for 30 minutes of notes.
Credit can be applied toward purchases even if you haven't earned a whole license worth.
You can spend two hours testing, and get an $80 discount, regardless
of which license you're buying.
You can do any amount of work you want, as long as it's at least one hour.
You can work one hour, and get a $40 discount from it, or work two hours
and get an $80 discount.
We keep track of the credit you have accumulated, and we can tell you at any time
how much you have. At the time that
you wish to purchase at a discount or get a free license, please send an overview
of the hours you've spent and the bugs you've found (in addition to the detailed
notes, if you haven't sent them already) to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
arrange for the discount or free license.
Keep your version of Sawmill up to date. We ship new versions every few weeks, and
you should download each new version as soon as it ships. Bugs found in old
versions may be fixed in the latest version, and we cannot give credit for bugs found in
old versions, unless those bugs were found before the new version shipped.
Your old notes continue to be worth credit, even if they contain reports of now-fixed bugs,
but any new notes you create after the version ships must be based on the new version.
Applying Your Credit
There are several ways you can use
credit. If you have more credit than the license you want to buy
costs, you can just send email to
asking for a free license, paid
from your credit. Please say what kind of license you want,
If the license costs more than your credit, you can email us and ask
for a discount code from your credit. We will send you a discount
code you can use in our online store, to pay by credit card or PayPal.
You can also list the discount code on a purchase order.
Any questions? Email