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Trial, evaluation, demo? Best wording question


#1

What is the best wording to call an evaluation version of the software? I’m not a native English speaker.

  • Trial - sounds a bit outdated to me but I currently use this one mostly
  • Demo - some people may consider it that someone will guide them with using a demo, or that the version is crippled a lot?
  • Evaluation - this sounds the best (at least to me)

Bonus question, if a desktop software run time is limited, how to call the countdown timer? Currently it using the following format: “Trial HH:MM:SS” - would it be better to use Eval or Demo instead?


#2

I think you’re putting way too much emphasis on a small point. Pick one, and move forward.

Your English sounds pretty good to me, trust your gut.

Countdown timer looks fine too.

If you have a super successful business and thousands of people coming to check out your product, then you can split test something like this using optimization software, but that’s way down the line.


#3

While preparing a new major release, I discovered that nag screen wasn’t updated for years (8 years or so), that’s why I though maybe wording I used back then needs to be changed.