What is CollegeFundware?

Many of the useful tools and utilities you’ll find on this site are released as what I like to call CollegeFundware, which is basically shareware with a bit of a twist.

You may use the software for a reasonable period of time for evaluation purposes. But if you like the software or if you want to keep using it after you have evaluated it, you are required to license the software by donating some amount to a college fund. Feel free to donate as much as you like, and please keep in mind that no one is “getting rich” off your donations.  Choose an application…  Text Import Wizard  Parameter Wizard  Point Import Wizard  Spline Wizard  Primitive Wizard (Saw Mill)  Dovetail Jig 

Select an application, then click Donate Now.
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Donations are handled by PayPal and are secure. You don’t need to be a PayPal member to donate.

The cost of college increases at a rate about twice that of inflation, so when these little kids end up going to college, it’ll probably cost at least US$300,000 EACH for a decent public school, and about US$500,000 for a private university. I averaged these numbers to estimate US$400,000. So if I can get 200 people a month to donate US$10 each (or 100 at US$20 each, etc) then maybe I’ll be able to afford to send them to the schools they want to attend. Big goal? Yes, I know. (Of course if you happen to be wealthy and benevolent, you’re welcome to donate the full US$400,000. =)

Copyright Notices 


The software on this site is owned by Alex Franke. All rights in the product including copyrights, licensing rights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, design rights, engineering rights, moral rights, and any other intellectual property rights belong to Alex Franke — even movie and book rights =). These rights are not transferred to you or anyone else when a donation is made or a product is licensed or registered. No part of the product may be reproduced, published, transcribed, disassembled or reverse engineered, transmitted electronically, mechanically or otherwise, stored or translated into any language in any form, by any means, for any purpose other than your (the licensee) personal use, without the express written permission of me, Alex Franke.

Affiliations (or rather the lack there of)

I am not affiliated with Alibre, Inc. I don’t work there nor and I paid by them in any way. I am however totally sold on their design products, which I believe are about the coolest things since sliced bread (not that I remember the advent of sliced bread), and I’d encourage everyone and their mothers to look into their product offerings if they’re even slightly interested in 3D modeling.

I am not affiliated with Microsoft, Inc. I don’t work there nor and I paid by them in any way. I sure wish Bill or Steve would donate to these college funds, though. =) Yes, Microsoft is big and has created a lot of billionaires, but I think it’s a darn good company, especially since they’ve started offering free development tools.

Limitations of Liability

The software is provided as-is, and under no circumstances (including negligence) shall I (or anyone I know or love) be liable for any damages, either direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, etc. There are no warranties or any kind, express or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. You assume the entire cost of all necessary maintenance, repair or correction or any problems or defects that might be discovered in the software, while using the software, or as a result of installing or attempting to use the software.

Another Way to Register

Don’t believe that this is actually going toward the kids’ education? In you want to register in a more direct way and can afford to wait a bit longer for the registration information (so it can be entered manually), then you can choose one or more gifts from the kids’ Amazon wish lists. Be sure to include your name, email address, and the product you want to register in the gift note when you place your order.

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