Silverfrost FTN95 can now be used free for personal use. It is strictly for personal use or evaluation purposes.
You can use it at home on your own personal projects. You can use it to evaluate FTN95 with the intention
of purchasing it later. Any applications you create with it will display a banner announcing that it is the
personal edition. This product is not directly supported but you can post questions in our forums.
You can download FTN95 Personal Edition (FTN95PE) version 8.30 directly from here. Be sure to watch our getting started video at the end of this page.
Internet Explorer users may see a warning that FTN95 'is not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer'. This is designed to stop users from running unknown execuables from the internet. To save or run the FTN95 installer you will need to click 'Actions' followed by 'More Options' then 'Run'.
1. Why is FTN95PE free?
Firstly it's to get people using FTN95. The more people use it, the more people will talk about it, the more people will like it...and buy it/recommend it etc. Secondly it gives (potential) users a nice easy way to try FTN95 and see if they like it. There are no awkward trial codes or timeouts. Thirdly many personal users who could never afford FTN95 can now use it. You can of course buy an unrestricted licence.
2. Who can use it?
You can use it at home for your own personal use on your own PC. You can also use it in a commercial or academic environment for evaluation purposes.
3. I am a student, can I use FTN95PE it with my studies?
You can if you use it on your own PC. If you with to use FTN95PE on an educational establishment's equipment then you must buy an academic licence.
4. What are the differences from the full product?
Any applications made with FTN95PE will display an initial banner. There are of course restrictions on the licence.
5. What about FTN95 Express, where does that fit in?
FTN95 Express is FTN95 Personal Edition plus a Visual Studio shell. There is no need to download or install both.
6. I compiled my program with FTN95 but it seems to run slowly, why is that?
You have probably turned on a CHECKMATE option (by default Plato3 turns on CHECKMATE). You will benefit from full checking but reduced run-time speed. For full-speed turn off any checking options.
7. Where can I get support?
We do not provide direct support for FTN95PE. You can however post questions in our forums. They are visited regularly by Silverfrost employees and there are many knowledgeable users on there.
8. Can I use it with Visual Studio Express
Microsoft do not allow add-ins to be installed with their Express products. The FTN95 Visual Studio plug-ins will not install into Microsoft's Express products.
If you are new to FTN95 or just want to know how the tools fit together be sure to watch our YouTube video below: