Aston is not a freeware application, but in certain cases one doesn't have to pay for it and still use a legally registered copy of the program.
Gladiators Software is a profit company, but we appreciate people, who support our products and contributes the community. That's why we decided to encourage certain users by giving them free registration keys to our products.
How can I get a free key?
Free registration keys could be given for the following reasons:
The decision of giving a certain person a key is taken by the members of Gladiators Software and A.R.T. members (read more below). That means, that free keys would only be given to certain person, but not anyone willing to get a program free of charge.
Here's the detailed information of our requiremens:
From the present moment free key candidate works evaluation would be done by a jury - Aston Review Team (also known as A.R.T. or A.R.T. group).
The jury is headed by Gladiators Software
The advisor team consists of:
(the list of participants might be changed without prior notification)
Work examination process would be the following:
This way any competitor theme would get an objective evaluation and its author will get a response about quality of his works. This is especially important to beginners, as many works are left without comments.
Which The me deserves a free key and which does not?
First of all it must be interesting i.e. have certain artistic value, be an expression of its authorís original idea. And, surely, this work must be done on a high technical level.
Don't hurry! Anyway, most of you will get free keys sooner or later :)
It's possible to use 3rd party wallpapers, creating ports etc., but only from the original authors' permission! Information about original author (name/alias and contact URL/e-mail) must be placed in The me description. It's also allowed to place permission text in readme.txt.
Using any elements from other Aston Themes is prohibited.
Each theme MUST have:
What to do if you haven't got a reply?
Try contacting any A.R.T. member individually (as they're often busy enough). For example, write a letter to sacrat [a] astonshell.com.
That's simple: create a new useful plug-in for Aston, submit it to the website and send us the key request with the link to this plug-in. If your plug-in really does something useful, doesn't crash Aston and has no serious bugs you'll get your free regisrtation key ASAP.
We appreciate any help one could provide to our products. The most common ways of getting a free keys for support are the following: