How does the iWork family pack works?

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  1. jumbb macrumors regular

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    Hi! I'm thinking to buy the iWork family pack with some friends so that we can install it on our macs and divide the price up, it's a lot cheaper!

    But, in the apple site they say this:

    So my question is:
    Can you only install it in your household? Is there any way the software knows the 5 computers are not in the same place?
    Or can you install them in just any 5 computers?

    Thanks for your time!

    AND- Do you think it's a good idea to buy it now? I don't know if there's a new version coming soon :)

    EDIT- I read that the only difference between the normal and the family version of iWork is the licence. So if I buy the cheaper one, can I still install it in more computers and never get cought? Or will it stop working after I install it once?
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The software has no license key. Like OSx, they depend on your following the rules.
     
  3. jumbb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, thanks! But nothing happens if it's installed in many computers? I mean, Will the software still work fine?

    And they only rely in me? They don't care if someone installs it in 1000 computers?
     
  4. Caleb531 macrumors 6502

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    I suppose you could, but that would be illegal. ;)
     
  5. jumbb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I know! I guess i'll buy the family package to don't feel bad about myself :)
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    ...as long as all users are part of the same household. It's still an honor system. It's your honor. Keep it or give it away.
     
  7. PeckhamBog macrumors 6502

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    And you won't feel bad when people steal from you, because they are 'justly' saving their hard earned money? You won't complain, feel you've been wronged? Yeah right? Are you a 'Tooheys' ad?
     
  8. jumbb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Uhm....did you even read the whole post? What is your point exactly? I don't even undrestand correctly what you wrote, it's all messed up. And yeah, I could've gotten the cheap one and install it in the 3 computers of the household but i'll buy the family pack because that's the right thing to do. ANY MORE COMPLAINTS?
     
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Ok, which is it? People are just responding to everything you've written.
     
  10. jumbb thread starter macrumors regular

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    I live with 3 friends in a house, we are in college. And the second part is that i'm incredulous at why apple did that instead of having a serial number for it...i just don't get it. Andy when I say
    i don't mean i'll actually do that, i'm talking in first person, but it's because I don't understand why apple did that.
     
  11. PeckhamBog macrumors 6502

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    I'm sorry if I misunderstood what you wrote. I presumptuously interpreted your words on the basis of what they said.

    I didn't realise you didn't intend to do what you suggested, or was enquiring about, in your opening post.

    Apple did supply serial numbers in an earlier version of iWork, if I recollect correctly. I'm thinking of when I installed it on our family computers in January 2008.

    The current generation doesn't [have registration keys]. Prompting media reports that Macs were now susceptible to viruses when many people illegally downloaded 'free' copies from a site that included piggyback malware.
     
  12. jumbb thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you! That's exactly what I wanted to know :)

    I will choose better words next time. ;)
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I think that works. But, keep in mind that 2 of you will be renting the software from the one who keeps the disc. When someone moves out, he/she must remove the shared software to comply with the terms of the agreement. Besides, it's never a good idea to have software on your computer that you do not have a disc for, or a download source to reinstall it from in case of problems.
     

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