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Installer doghouse – how not to display a EULA

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 | EULAs | 1 Comment

For better or for worse, EULAs (those licenses with which you often have to agree to install software) are here to stay.

But the ways installers display them to the user differ wildly. Since part of the purpose behind our EULAlyzer program is to help keep users informed about what they’re agreeing to, we thought we’d take a look at some less-than-ideal examples to highlight where they may have gone wrong.

.Net Framework EULA

.Net Framework EULA

Today’s example: Microsoft’s .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Setup.

It seems fairly obvious that someone wanted to cram a lot of options and information on a single screen, which is fine. But one of the sacrifices that forced was the almost comically small box in which the EULA is displayed.

The text above the EULA says in part (emphasis added):

Be sure to carefully read and understand all the rights and restrictions described in the license terms.

Yet doing so requires scrolling the EULA display quite a bit. And the “Page Down” key (mentioned below the EULA) is hardly any more useful than the “down” arrow key, due to the tiny size of the box.

Some of the major problems:

  • The EULA display box is small. Really small.
  • The EULA uses rich text formatting and large fonts which, while nice for the printed page, cause the EULA to look out of place and require more scrolling than would otherwise be necessary.
  • There is extra space at the top of the EULA. With everything else taken into account, this prevents even the first line from fully being displayed.

To Microsoft’s credit, a “Print” button is provided. This is extremely useful, but shouldn’t practically be a requirement to read the EULA with any ease.

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EULAlyzer 2.0

Sunday, January 4th, 2009 | Releases | 1 Comment

eulalyzer_largeWe’re happy to announce the release of EULAlyzer 2.0.

Many bad or potentially unwanted pieces of software like to bury what they plan on doing in their license agreements. And, truth be told, most people simply don’t take the time to fully read the license agreements for programs they install. So the bad guys get away with it, and most people have no idea what they might be agreeing to.

EULAlyzer helps you instantly analyze license agreements (EULAs), to determine the risks that software might pose. Advertising? Data collection? Hidden installation of third-party software? EULAlyzer breaks down long license agreements into easy-to-parse points of interest, instantly, to help you quickly zero in on potentially riskier behavior.

And it’s not just limited to license agreements either – use it analyze web site terms and privacy policies too, or any other text you come across.

The new EULAlyzer 2.0 is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista.

More information and free download are here:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html

Release notes follow after the break. › Continue reading

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