There are differences between free and paid. Vimalin is available for free if needed, but you have access to more features when you buy a license.

You will always be able to make and restore backups with the free version.

You are welcome to do so, because if you have a good backup of your important VM’s then an important part of our mission has already succeeded.

Of course we prefer that you support ongoing development by buying a license. However our main mission is that VMware users of the desktop products VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Professional have a good backup.

Having said that, here is the list of the differences between free and paid:

 

Feature Free Paid
Backup VM’s that are shut down Yes Yes
Backup running virtual machines Yes Yes
Add notes to your backup Yes Yes
Compress backup to save space Yes Yes
Decompress backup Yes Yes
Detect existing backups on disk Yes Yes
Manage backups in backup archive Yes Yes
Backup to local disk Yes Yes
Support for multiple hosts No Yes
Backup to network location No Yes
Schedule backup jobs to run at a specific time No Yes
Send an email confirmation about a scheduled backup No Yes
Get our support via email No Yes
Support ongoing development No Yes