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3.3. What happens to my data after the evaluation period if I don't purchase the software?

CLC Workbenches or Servers

Data imported or created using a CLC Workbench or Server will be in clc format.

If you plan to work on this data in the future but will not be purchasing CLC software, we recommend that you export your data to formats that will be readable by the software you plan to use. The data formats you can export to depend on the type of data you are working with and the software you are using. 

CLC Workbenches: The easiest way to view all the possible export formats is to click on the Export button in the top toolbar and scroll through the list of formats available.

CLC Genomics Server using the CLC Server Command Line Tools:  Run the clcserver command using -A export. e.g.  clcserver -S <hostname> -P <port> -U <username> -W <passcode> -A export


You will continue to be able to view your data via the CLC Workbench even if you do not have a valid license. To do this, start up a Workbench and choose to run in "Viewing Mode" when the message about their being no license found is presented. In Viewing mode, import, export and viewing functionality is available.

Please refer to the manual for further information about this mode.

CLC Genomics Workbench:  http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/manuals/clcgenomicsworkbench/current/index.php?manual=Viewing_mode.html

CLC Main Workbench: http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/manuals/clcmainworkbench/current/index.php?manual=Viewing_mode.html


Viewing Mode was introduced in CLC Genomics Workbench 11.0 and CLC Main Workbench 8.0. When older Workbenches are run without a valid license, they run in "Limited Mode". This mode allowed for less functionality then Viewing Mode. Information about Limited Mode can be found via the manual built into these Workbenches.


CLC Assembly Cell

Most data remains in commonly used formats such as fasta or fastq. The main exception is the cas format outputs from read mappings. The conversion tool clc_cas_to_sam remains functional without a license, so you convert your mappings to SAM or BAM format whenever you wish to.

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