Corona Box license is the traditional, perpetual license model, aimed at users preferring this more conservative licensing option. Its principal advantage is that you can buy the license once and use it forever without any further charges. There are however some disadvantages compared to the FairSaaS model.
Customers with the basic Box license do not have access to any feature updates, only to bugfixes. Access to all upgrades, stable or experimental, is possible only with a paid subscription. This subscription is non-mandatory and can be purchased only during the purchase of the Box license. The subscription is valid for 12 months after the purchase and can be renewed.
- Time-unlimited access to the version 6 and all relevant bug fixes
- One time payment
- One fixed seat workstation license (usable also as a render node) + 3 fixed render nodes
- Price is 449 € – paid once
- Price is 99 €/year
- Gives permanent access to future major versions (2.0, 3.0, …), monthly builds and daily experimental builds released while the subscription is active
- Can be purchased only when buying the Box license, not later
- Valid for 12 months, can be renewed
Benefits of Box License
PAY ONCE, KEEP IT FOREVER
This is the most obvious advantage.
UPDATES ARE NOT MANDATORY
Neither the subscription nor the one-time paid updates are mandatory. If you are absolutely sure you won't need any future version, then the Box license could save you some money in the long run.
NO INTERNET CONNECTION IS NECESSARY
Internet access is needed only when (re)installing Corona. After a one-time activation, the Box license will continue working as long as Corona is not uninstalled or the computer's hardware significantly changed.
Drawbacks of Box License
HIGH INTIAL COST
The upfront payment is much higher when compared to FairSaaS.
NO FREE UPGRADES, DAILY OR TEST BUILDS
Feature upgrades are paid – either as a one-time order or via the subscription.
LICENSE IS NOT FLOATING
License is node-locked – but it is rehostable. However, this process is not automatic.
LIMITED NUMBER OF RENDER NODES
Each Box license comes with one workstation license and only three render nodes. You cannot buy more nodes separately.