OVITO Basic

  • Free of charge (open-source license)
  • Only limited feature set
  • Graphical user interface
  • For occasional or educational use
FREE

OVITO Pro

  • High-quality image and movie generation
  • Powerful data analysis tools
  • Python-based scripting interface
  • Professional software support
Licensed

If you have any specific questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with us. See also our list of frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, we offer a 14-days trial license for OVITO Pro, which is free of charge. Please request the trial license here.

Our license agreement (see full text) grants you the right to use OVITO Pro for one year (or longer if agreed). The contract terminates automatically after the year – unless you explicitly renew it. You receive access to all program updates and improvements we publish during this period, and we will provide you and your team with professional technical support. 

Yes, we offer a group license for OVITO Pro (see here). It allows you to install the software on up to 10 different computers simultaneously. If you have a larger research group, we may be able to raise that limit. Please ask us.

Use of the OVITO Python module on HPC compute nodes is not counted by the way. Thus, you can run an arbitrary number of OVITO analysis or render jobs with your group license.

Our license management solution allows each member of the group to independently manage their own OVITO Pro installation(s) linked to their personal OVITO account. The head of the group (the license owner) just monitors the utilisation of the license scope.    

The annual license fee for OVITO Pro depends on your type of affiliation and local taxes. Please visit our online shop for pricing information.

OVITO is a rather specific niche product, with a relatively small number of paying customers. Yet we have to ensure that sales revenues can sustainably cover the full expenses of our independent spin-off company, which operates without investors, seed money or public funding. The business has to pay the full salaries of senior researchers/developers, corporate taxes, transaction fees, lawyers, accounting services, computers, web hosting, insurances, and more. Also keep in mind that our company is fully responsible for providing and maintaining OVITO Basic – an open-source program that benefits the research community as a whole.

Because we now develop the software for a living. Our contracts in academia are running out (due to a general lack of long-term funding for research software development and the 12-year rule in Germany), and we will be reliant on your contributions in the future. Creating and supporting a professional, high-quality application software like OVITO is more than a full-time job, and as an independent start-up business we need to be compensated for this work.

Giving it away for free was possible because we used to develop OVITO on the side – as a pet project of materials researchers working in academia as non-faculty staff. We enjoyed working extra hours to develop the software, fix bugs, and support our users. But without long-term funding and –more importantly– without permanent positions for the people behind OVITO, the existing conditions are not sustainable. With OVITO becoming more and more popular and a very time-consuming job, it became clear that a different approach is now needed. That’s why we founded a spin-off company: Giving us the opportunity to make OVITO better than ever before and to ensure the long-term availability for its many users.

We believe that our software will typically be employed by professional researchers in several scientific projects, each with only a narrow budget. The recurring but moderate subscription costs of OVITO Pro may thus be spread over a number of projects and a longer period of time. This model also ensures that you and your team will always have access to the latest software releases and to our professional support services. Last but not least, a recurring revenue is vital for us as a small startup business to continue the development and maintenance of the code in the long run. 

We know that some academic institutions and researchers are heavily underfunded, and the license fee for OVITO Pro may be difficult to afford. If you can show credibly that paying the regular license fee is impossible for you, we can offer the software at a highly reduced price. Please contact us directly and ask for a rebate. Our first objective is to make OVITO accessible to the entire research community.

We do partner with customers to accelerate the development of certain product features driven by customer demand. Customers may fund specific product feature development, for inclusion in the standard product available to all customers. Contact us for more information or to discuss development of specific product features that your research group may require.