shareware which has important function disabled
free version of a commercial program. More limited in features and functionality than the commercial product. Crippleware has severe limitations. Functionality that is important to the average user has been disabled.
Version of Shareware that is feature disabled. This is supposed to be an incentive for the end user to purchase the product if they find they require all the features enabled.
Software distributed as shareware which has some features disabled. Software known as crippleware is frequently the cause of debate on the Internet, with some people saying that authors of crippleware are taking advantage of the shareware distribution system to cheaply distribute what is essentially a demonstration version of a commercial program. Other people say that shareware authors have a right to cripple the shareware version of their software, in order to force people to pay for it. Died
Crippleware refers to any product whose functions have been limited with the express purpose of requiring the user to pay for said functions (either paying a one-time fee or continually paying a service). Crippleware programs are usually free versions of computer programs that lack the most advanced (or in some cases even crucial) features of the original program. Crippleware versions are made available in order to increase the popularity of the full program without giving it away for free.