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AUTUMN SPECIAL OFFER: upgrade your old single network license to 2 standard licenses

Upgrade your old single seat network MacVector license for two standard licenses at the price of a single standard upgrade. A huge savings of more than 50% off the regular price of a network upgrade –plus we will throw in an extra license! If you have an old two-seat network license, we’ll upgrade it to a 4 seat standard license for the price of a 2 standard license upgrade.

Several years ago we changed the way our standard licenses work to make them much more flexible and network-like. No more dongles! You will be provided with a serial number and activation code to activate your license. The same license can be installed on as many machines as you like, but if the computers are on a local network, only one computer can be running MacVector with any particular serial number at one time. Its like having a self-configuring single-user network license except with the added flexibility that you can run the same license on a home computer or laptop without taking the lab’s license or needing to communicate with a central license server. You can also install more than one serial number on the same machine and toggle between licenses if the other one is in use.

In the last 3 ½ years, MacVector, Inc. has released 7 new versions and added many powerful, new features. MacVector 11.1.2 runs natively on all Macs running OSX 10.4 or later, including the latest OS – Snow Leopard. There have been extensive interface changes to make MacVector more OS X like, including custom toolbars for all common operations and analysis functions and a tabbed interface to reduce screen clutter. The new Primer Design function, based on the popular Primer 3 algorithm, gives highly interactive results. You can also now align cDNA/mRNA/ESTs to genomic sequences to aid in splice site identification and analysis of coding regions. We have also added a VectorNTI import feature to import files along with their features directly from VectorNTI databases. Many other enhancements have been made to MacVector – check out this blog post and also this one to see more extensive details of the last two releases.

If you take advantage of this great upgrade offer, you will also receive all new versions of MacVector released over the next year. This will include our upcoming release – v. 12.0, which is due out around the end of the year. There are many enhancements that will be in this release, but the most exciting improvements are in the click-cloning/vector construction area. You will now be able to select across a circular origin, create features that span the split point, and rotate the molecule to any arbitrary new split point. See this blog post for a more comprehensive list of v 12.0 enhancements:

This offer is only valid until the end of November. Please send an email to sales@macvector.com if you would like a quote sent or have any questions and your local sales representative will contact you.

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