Corel Corporation has filed for an IPO and there is some interesting shareware information in its prospectus. Corel has recently purchased two famous shareware companies - Winzip Computing, developers of the famous WinZip, and Jasc Software, developer of Paint Shop Pro. Both of these applications are among shareware's greatest stars over the last decade or so.
How much money did WinZip and Paint Shop Pro make?
Since Corel wants to be a public company, it now has to report the revenues!
Revenues of WinZip Computing (WinZip)
2003 - $25,259,000
2004 - $24,928,000
2005 - $22,700,000
Revenues of Jasc Software (includes Paint Shop Pro and Photo Album)
2002 - $27,293,000
2003 - $32,841,000
2004 - $35,300,000
2005 - $40,900,000
Note that the revenues for WinZip are for a shareware product with no time out - just a nag screen.
I'm still reading though it, it's fascinating stuff.