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DONATION Software Version Comparison

Note:The Standard version shown here was previously called the Standalone version. The Remote Database version was previously called the Web Network version.

You may also want to see the Selecting the Best Version of DONATION Software for your Needs page to help you decide which version to select.

Pricing (Details page) Lite Standard Local Network, OnDemand, or Remote Database
Initial Purchase Fee (first year, includes support and upgrades) n/a $100 $180
Annual Renewal Fee (optional except for OnDemand and Remote Database Versions, for support and upgrades in 2nd and subsequent years) n/a $50 $90
Annual Lite Support Fee (optional) $20 n/a n/a
Free Support Period First month
of use
60-day
evaluation
period
60-day
evaluation
period
Free Download Lite Standard Local Network, OnDemand or Remote Database
Click the appropriate button for a free download of your desired version.

For details on where and how to install the two Local Network versions, click here.

For details on installing the OnDemand Version, click here.

For details on installing the Remote Database Version, click here.
Lite
Standard
Local
Network
Server


Local
Network
Client


OnDemand

Remote
Database

Features

Lite Version Limitations

The biggest limitation of the free feature-limited Lite version is that only allows a maximum of 100 donors with donations per year. To see all of the other limitations, click here.

The following sections only cover features where there are differences between versions other than the Lite version. If all other versions have the same feature and only the Lite version doesn't, that is not mentioned below.

Sharing Databases

  • The Lite and Standard versions can share databases manually with backup and restore, transferring them to the other user somehow.
  • The Standard version can automate the copying and sharing with its Cloud Storage Service. Only one user can make changes in the database at a time.
  • The Local Network, OnDemand and Remote Database versions each share a database file with all users, with no need for copying. Multiple users can make changes at the same time.

Multiple Databases for Multiple Organizations

  • The Lite version cannot have multiple databases.
  • The Standard version can have up to 5 databases at no extra charge.
  • The Local Network and OnDemand versions can have multiple databases at no extra charge.
  • The Remote Database version requires a separate registration and separate payment for each database, if you need multiple databases.

Backups

  • The Lite version can make backups but cannot email them or use the Internet Backup feature.
  • The Standard, Local Network and OnDemand versions can also email backups.
  • The Standard and Local Network versions can use the Internet Backups feature. The OnDemand version does not need that because its databases are already on a server.
  • The Remote Database version makes backups for you automatically.

Users and Passwords

  • The Lite version can assign a Program Entry password, and a Receipt Password.
  • The Standard and Local Network versions can also assign passwords for Donor Only users, Limited users (such as counters or tellers) and Read-Only users.
  • The OnDemand and Remote Database versions have separate logins and passwords for each user, and each user can be assigned any of the permissions granted by the different passwords in the other versions.

Speed of Operation

  • The Lite, Standard and Local Network versions are very fast.
  • The OnDemand version is a bit slower.
  • The Remote Database version is much slower.

Location of Program and Database Files

  • The Lite, Standard and Local Network Server versions each have both the program and the database on the same Windows computer that you run them on.
  • The Local Network Client version has the program on your Windows computer, and accesses the data on another computer on your local network, which has the Local Network Server version installed.
  • The OnDemand version has both the program and data on a server, that you access through a remote-control OnDemand Client program that is installed on your Windows or Mac computer or Android or iOS (iPad) tablet.
  • The Remote Database version has the program on your Windows computer, and the data on a server.

See the Features page for an overall list of the features of the program.

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