Thank you for writing us.
Download Express is still free and it will remain freeware.
We were developing Download Express for a long time as a small and simple utility. However many users asked us to add certain features there. These additonal features are not useful for most people, while making the user interface more complex.
That`s why we decided to go this way - we keep Download Express freeware, but some rarely-used additional features will be added there for some fee. You can simply skip installing these Advanced features and keep using Download Express for free forever.
We thought a lot on how to introduce these Advanced features without hurting the program freeware status. One option was to release a separate shareware Download Express version. However these Advanced features add a very small code to the program, so we decided to keep the single .exe file for both versions. In future, when Advanced features will add much more code, we will probably separate two versions, so the Freeware Donwload Express will remain small as it is now.
| Oleg Chernavin
| Senior Development Partner
| MetaProducts Corporation