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Why Iris is freemium?

We first created Iris as a student project for one competition. After we won it the project was free and dead for a couple of months. I knew that there is potential and need for this type of software. After a couple of people messaged me with feature requests I decided to continue working on Iris. It was a tough decision, but I quit my job as a programmer and started to work on Iris full time.

At first I wanted Iris to be free. So a couple of months I was just building it every day and I placed one donation button on the website. Can you guess how much money I made for 5 months? – Exactly 0$. The donation model was just not working.

Then I started to search investors who want to put money into Iris. Well it was a massive fail. All the people just laughed at me. You want to make software for eye protection with a timer? Are you serious? Are you stupid? And you are alone? You need a team. You need a programmer, you need a designer, you need a salesman, you can’t even speak English properly. This is stupid, you will fail.

I haven’t heard that many “No” in my entire life. It was kind of depressing. But you know I was crazy enough to try to build something alone, with no investment and with no money.

The second thing I tried was 1 month free trial and subscription for every other month. Which means that every month you pay a little for Iris. I didn’t liked this, because once 1 month passes, Iris will just stop to work. Which kind of sucks. Many people liked the program, but they just didn’t wanted to pay. I don’t like to pay for software also. I try to use only open source programs and I understand them perfectly. But since I didn’t have any income and I was starving, I needed to make it work somehow. I thought a lot about the licensing and created new model for Iris.

Now Iris is free for 4 hours per day. Every day you will get 4 hours of Iris usage. You can use Iris your whole life, but the free version is 4 hours per day. This time will only expire when Iris is running. You can pause Iris and stop the exhausting of this time. I think this is pretty cool for everyone. Win for the people who want to use Iris for free and win for the people who work on Iris.

You can also buy 1 month of Iris usage. Again this time will only expire when Iris is running. When your PC is off your time will not deplete. Which again I think is cool for everyone. Many companies just want as much money as they can. We want to create value for you. Money are just a side effect of this. With this payment model your 1 month can be 2-3 or even a year of Iris. You can again Pause Iris at any time and the timer will stop. You are the one who decides how much to pay.

What is the free version of Iris?

The free version of Iris is 4 hours per day. All Iris features will work. When this time expires some of the features will stop to work and the Iris icon will become red. The next day you will get again 4 hours of Iris usage. Iris is free every day for 4 hours. This time will not deplete when Iris is paused. You can pause Iris by right clicking on the tray icon and choosing Pause Iris. When Iris is paused the icon will be yellow.

Are there totally free versions of Iris?

Yes old versions are free. The most popular and almost latest free version isΒ 0.2.6. You can find all Iris versions at GitHub. The latest free version was 0.2.9. I will never remove this old free versions of Iris. Maybe in the future there will be updated lite free version of Iris, but for the moment this is not a priority.

Iris mini

The future is now. Iris miniΒ is totally fre version of Iris. You can dowload it from here

How much Iris costs?

Iris costs 10$ per month or as I like to say 0.01$ per hour. This is month ofusage, not month in the calendar. It expires only when you use Iris.

How to pay for Iris?

We support PayPal payments at the moment. To buy Iris you can go to the Iris Buy page by clicking on the PayPal button in the app or by going directly to

How to get my Iris activation code?

AfterΒ successful payment you will be redirected to the Iris website and receive your activation code. You will also receive e-mail with your activation code. If you don’t get your activation code automatically write us a short line and we will create your activation code by hand. However this is super rare case when you have closed the browser, before the redirection to our website.

Where to place Iris activation code?

Copy your activation code to the Iris License page and click Activate code. The Expires in message will increment with 31 days. You can stack multiple activation codes to get many months of Iris.

What if I have multiple machines?

By default you can activate Iris 1 time on every OS. If you have 1 machine Windows, 1 machine Linux and 1 machine OSX you can use the same license code on every machine and it will work. The problem comes if you have several machines running Windows for example. The code will work only on the first machine sorry. If you want to use Iris on your second Windows you should buy another activation code. Or you can contact me and I will reset your activation code by hand, but please this is if you have 2 PCs, I don’t buy that you have 100 Windows PCs.

How to use Iris for free?

To use Iris for free forever you can use combination of pausing/unpausing Iris. When Iris is paused your daily usage will not expire. To pause Iris right click on the tray icon and click Pause Iris

You know that Iris is paused when the icon is Yellow.

You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+P to Pause and Unpause Iris.

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