Maintenance and Support
We know how important good support is for any product. That is why we include unlimited technical support and access to updates and new versions with all subscriptions and for a 12-month warranty period with the purchase of a perpetual license.
Software Maintenance Agreements
A Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) extends your rights to upgrades and support after the 12 Month Warranty Period of a Perpetual License has expired.
What is included in the SMA?
Unlimited technical support
You are entitled to unlimited technical support via email from your reseller in the agreement period with a Next Business Day response time.
Your reseller has escalalation rights for your support tickets to FotoWare's 2nd and 3rd line support teams.
Most resellers offer premium support plans (with shorter response times and phone support options) based on the Software Maintenance Agreement.
In the event that your reseller is unable to provide a timely response, you can escalate your support case directly to FotoWare Support.
Access to updates and new releases
The SMA gives you access to security fixes, updates, service and feature releases, and new versions that are released in the agreement period.
New releases are announced and made available for download in the Customer Portal, often with demo videos explaining new features in the software.
Simplified license management
SMA customers can access all their agreement and license information in the Customer Portal.
Should a license break due to hardware changes or a computer be replaced without prior deactivation, SMA customers can reset their license in the Customer Portal 24/7/365. (Without SMA a license reset is subject to manual approval by FotoWare staff during business hours.)
Site Licenses, Staging Licenses, and Redundancy Licenses are only available to customers with a valid SMA. Licensing models that do not require internet activation are also exclusively available to SMA customers.
What is the price of a Software Maintenance Agreement?
SMA prices are based the current Suggested Retail Prices for Perpetual Licenses from FotoWare. If the SMA is entered into or renewed in a valid warranty or agreement period the price for the SMA is 18% of the license cost. After expiry, you can renew your SMA at 25% of the perpetual license cost for 30-days, after which the price of the SMA is 50% of the perpetual license cost.
Customers that require predictable prices can enter into multi-year agreements with FotoWare in which the price is fixed in the contract period.
What if I don't renew the Software Maintenance Agreement?
You can continue using your Perpetual License after the Warranty Period or a Software Maintenance Agreement has expired (including the versions you've received access to under the SMA). Support will be limited to the self-help resources available on https://support.fotoware.com, http://learn.fotoware.com/ and https://customers.fotoware.com.
FotoWare and Certified Partners do not offer technical support to customers without Warranty or a valid Software Maintenance Agreement.
Where can I find the legal details of the Software Maintenance Agreement?
FotoWare's Master Agreements can be found in the legal section on fotoware.com.