Excel Software is shipping QuickLicense 2.1 to manage secure, flexible licensing of Windows and Macintosh software. The new release adds Vista support for Windows, Universal Binary support for PPC and Intel Mac OS X computers, a software subscription capability and a batch email command for delivering subscription codes, product updates and other customized messages to selected customers.
QuickLicense allows a developer to create time or execution limited Trial editions of any software product. A protected perpetual license can ensure that only allowed users or computers can run the software. The new subscription capability enables a software product only while on an active subscription. The user simply enters a unique 5-digit code once each month, quarter or year to use the software. No web connection is required.
QuickLicense works with any Windows or Mac OS X application developed in any programming language including Excel spreadsheets, Photoshop pluggins or Adobe Director multimedia content. With minimal programming, developers get flexible control over how many days or executions are allowed, which computers or users can run the software, the security features that protect it and how the activation process works.
On the first launch, an Activation dialog links the application to a specific computer. The QuickLicense runtime is a Windows DLL or Macintosh application file that runs with no menu or dock icon. It appears to the user as an application dialog. Activation codes provided by phone, email or instant web page can work with any download or retail distribution process. The optional Safe Activation Service from Excel Software allows a developer to present a custom web page, control activation count by serial number and present instant activation codes. No web site programming is required. Customer data is available through a secure vendor account.
To use the new subscription capability in QuickLicense, the developer clicks the Monthly, Quarterly or Yearly radio button. Custom subscription codes can be delivered to active subscribers by email with one command. The new batch email capability allows messages to be individually customized and precisely targeted. The delivery process includes preview, attachments, delivery logs, start, stop and job persistence.
The QuickLicense system can collect, organize, search, export, import and manage customer data including custom fields. A Single User License is $495 on Windows (98 through Vista) or Mac OS X (PPC and Intel) or $795 for both platforms. The package includes examples, tutorial, PDF and printed manual plus royalty-free distribution of the QuickLicense runtime file for any number of products or licenses.
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