The most recent version of Strater is 5.8.1097.


We support only the current version of Strater. Emergency fixes to previous versions are released at our discretion.

Updates - bug fixes, minor improvements (e.g. version 5.0 to 5.1)

Minor updates are available for free. To update from version 5.0-5.3 to version 5.4, or from version 5.5 to version 5.8, click the File | Online | Check for Update command within Strater. To update from version 5.0-5.3 to version 5.8, where our licensing changed to support concurrent licenses, contact Golden Software to trade in your serial number for a product key. There is no cost for the trade in. Version information can be found on the Version History page.

Upgrades - new features and improvements (e.g. version 4 to version 5)

Any eligible serial number from a previous version can be upgraded to the current version at the discounted price of $149USD through your Golden Software account. Please review this article, How do I purchase an upgrade?

For troubleshooting assistance, email

Strater's top new features and improvements can be found here: What's New in Strater v5?

The full list of new features and improvements can be found here: Strater New Features Help

Strater is not currently under active development, and there is not a release planned for Strater 6 at this time. We will continue to sell Strater because Strater is a great subsurface visualization application as it stands today. We will also continue to support Strater, as well collect customer feedback regarding Strater and its features. The feedback we receive may be applied to any of our applications, including a future version of Strater.

We believe in full transparency with our customers and would be happy to provide more information. Please contact us with any questions.

  • Windows 7, 8 (excluding RT), 10, 11 or higher
  • 32-bit and 64-bit operation system support
  • 1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution with minimum 16-bit color depth
  • At least 500 MB free hard disk space
  • At least 512 MB RAM

A single-user license grants one user the right to use the software license. For each single user license you purchase, you will receive a unique product key. This license may not be used by multiple people.

A concurrent-use license, also called a “network” or “floating” license, is tied to a network. The License Manager or License Administrator software is installed on a license server on the company network. The product can be installed on as many client machines as desired. The product usage is controlled by the license server and is limited to the number of concurrent seats that were purchased.

For further information on licensing, review our Licensing topic in our Support Central page.

If the single user or concurrent-use licenses do not fit your business model, contact us and we would be glad to create a solution that will fit your needs.

Yes, we offer a $50/year student license. To get your license, please do the following:

  1. Email us from your university-issued email account.
  2. Include documentation that proves your current enrollment. Must include your name and date range.

We’ll send you a coupon code to purchase Strater for $50.

To add a seat to an existing concurrent-use license, please contact us to process the order. We will need this information:

  1. Number of seats to add
  2. Product key of the existing concurrent-use license

Do not purchase another concurrent-use license through our online shopping cart as you will be issued a new concurrent-use license instead of having a seat added to your existing license.

Strater is a Windows program and is not compatible with Mac, Linux, or Unix operating systems. However, customers have run Strater on a Windows emulator. Windows emulators allow a Windows environment to run on a Mac, Linux, or Unix operating system. Please know we do not test our software under these conditions. We recommend downloading the trial and testing the functionality yourself.

Product keys are very similar to serial numbers as both are used to activate Strater.

In the beginning of 2018, Golden Software made a change to the way Strater is licensed. If you purchased Strater prior to March 2018, you most likely have a Strater serial number. If you purchased Strater after March 2018, you will have a Strater product key.

The full Golden Software End User License Agreement (EULA) is available for review at Contact us if you need assistance determining the best licensing option for you.

We have numerous training materials on our Support Site. We also offer free support. For additional assistance, please contact our technical support staff.

Your product key or serial number can be located in a few different places.

  1. Golden Software user account: Log in to MyAccount, click the My Products button, and your registered product keys and serial numbers are displayed.
  2. Email containing download instructions: If you received your software via download, the product key or serial number was included in the emailed download instructions.

Yes, one (1) copy of the software and one (1) copy of the user documentation may be made for backup purposes only.

Software downloads are available through our MyAccount portal. Log in and click the My Products button. Click the desired product key or serial number in the list of products to expand the product information section and click Download Strater Installer. If necessary, deactivate the license for the computer that crashed or is being replaced.

If you have access to the original Strater installation USB, CD or a backup copy, simply reinstall Strater from those files.

If you do not have access to Strater's download instructions or the installation USB or CD, locate your Strater product key, serial number, or original order number, contact us, and we would be glad to help!

All users have 24x7 access to all online resources.

If you have a question about Strater, Voxler, MapViewer, or Didger, you are entitled to our Legacy Support, which includes live support via phone and chat along with standard email support.

Please visit Support Central for answers to more technical questions.

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