Monday, April 11, 2005

Purchasing software online


I have finally reinstalled all of the software on my laptop after my hard drive crash.  Luckily, I had a backup of all of my data files, and all I had to do was reinstall my software from CD.  TurboTax was the one CD that I couldn't find, which can at a really bad time.


On Saturday, I went to the Apple Store and bought TurboTax again.  Since we signed for the TurboTax Automatic Renewal plan, Intuit knows that we have a valid license to Turbo Tax.  It would be great if software developers allowed customers to download software that you have already purchased.




I believe that Allume Systems (Previously Aladdin Systems) has a system that allows you to do this.  You can choose to purchase an application, and have it delivered electronically.  If you have to reinstall it, you can go online to your account and download it again.


I would hope that other software developers would setup similar systems.