March 2, 2015
The next version 3 of Match!, our software for phase identification from powder diffraction data, has been scheduled to become available in summer 2015. The first major improvements will be a user-configurable automatic Rietveld refinement as well as the possibility to add a new entry to the current reference database on the fly (i.e. without the User Database Manager/Create new reference database procedure that has been required up to now).
The update to Match! version 3 will be free-of-charge for all Match! version 2 users as well as for all customers who have purchased a Match! license after August 1, 2010 (i.e. the day when we announced the previous Match! version 2). The update prices for Match! version 1 customers who have purchased their license before August 1, 2010 will be the same as the current ones for an update to version 2. All updates will include a free-of-charge update subscription for three years (see below).
Along with the new version, Crystal Impact will switch over to a subscription model for updates, replacing the current "major/minor update model". With the new model, you can still use your software/license as long as you like (if you have purchased a permanent license), just like it has been with the previous "major/minor update model".
The major change in the new model is that all updates and new versions that are released within a certain amount of time (called your "subscription period") will be available for download and installation free-of-charge, even if major improvements have been implemented. Updates of versions that are released after your subscription period has expired cannot be installed and run. If you would like to use these more recent versions, you have to purchase an extension for your subscription.
More information about the new subscription model as well as some frequently asked questions and their answers are available here.
After the release of version 3, Match! version 2 will still be supported by providing bug fix releases if required as usual. However, new functionality and improvements will only be implemented in the new Match! version 3.