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New RLM Release (v15.0)

We are happy to announce the first production release of RLM v15.0. It fixes multiple bugs, improves workflows, and adds functionality. 

After working tirelessly for months to improve our software, we know this RLM release will make license management easier and more streamlined for publishers and license admins.

Here are just some of the new features and updates:

  • The RLM server now determines the client’s external IP address and adds this to the list of client IP hostids, if it is not already in the list.  
  • The environment variable RLM_LINUX_ETHERNET_ITERATIONS sets the number of devices to check for MAC addresses. Prior to this release, the Linux ethernet hostid code scanned 5000 devices to get ethernet MAC addresses.
  • The Activation Pro debuglog now includes the PID of the license generator process, to make it easier to interpret the log if multiple instances of the license generator are running simultaneously.   
  • The “text to prepend to license” field has been increased from a maximum of 1024 to 30720 bytes. 

See the Release Notes for all the details.

Ready to download the updated version?

Get the New RLM Now

If you are not a customer yet, request a free trial or contact us at [email protected].

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Reprise License Manager Wins the SourceForge Spring 2022 Leader Award

Reprise License Manager (RLM), which won the Spring Leader Award from SourceForge in March 2021, has been named a winner in Spring 2022.

SourceForge is the world’s largest software and services review and comparison website. This award recognizes exceptional companies and products.

The Spring 2022 Leader award winners must receive enough high-rated user reviews to rank them in the top 5% of favorably reviewed products on SourceForge.

“We are delighted to receive this honor again,” said Reprise President Alan Klug. “We believe in RLM and love that our customers do too. RLM improves the whole licensing process by providing reliable and flexible solutions. ”

Since 2006, RLM has offered numerous licensing models and flexible pricing that appeals to software publishers of all sizes. Though RLM is a robust software license manager, it is also easy to use. Reprise delivers solutions that can help increase revenue and attract new customers.

Klug adds, “Without users taking the time to provide overwhelmingly positive feedback on SourceForge, we wouldn’t have been granted this award. It reminds us how important it is to listen to customers and continuously provide them with best-in-class software and industry-leading support.”

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Entitlement Management Software: How to Pick the Right Solution

Compare Reprise Activation Pro, RLMCloud, and RLM Teams

Reprise Software offers three entitlement management solutions. Each solution addresses similar requirements but in subtlety different ways.

This article outlines the functionality of each to help you decide which is best suited to your software policies and procedures.

Activation Pro

Regardless of the license types that you support—node-locked or floating—Activation Pro makes entitlement management and license distribution more efficient for you and your customers.

The RLM API integrates seamlessly with Activation Pro to enable activation from within your product. Customers enter an activation key to activate their license. The activated license is stored on the user’s computer. Users without an internet connection can obtain a license by using the same activation key on a simple web page to obtain a license.

Activation Pro supports:

  • Trials
  • Paid Licenses
  • Automatic Subscription Renewals
  • Customer-Directed License Re-Hosting

Customers can review their entitlements’ status through portal accounts. Furthermore, Activation Pro supports indirect sales channels via its reseller portal.

A REST-style web services API integrates Activation Pro into your CRM, order management, or e-commerce platforms. You can host Activation Pro on your web server, or Reprise Software can host it for you in the cloud.

RLMCloud

To minimize administrative overhead, software customers sometimes prefer their floating licenses served from the cloud. To address this, Reprise evolved RLM into RLMCloud, allowing customers to checkout software licenses over the internet.

RLMCloud uses standard RLM client and server components to support traditional on-premises license servers and cloud-based licenses within the same application release. RLMCloud is best suited for floating licenses.

Activation Pro delivers licenses directly to customers, but RLMCloud stores them in the cloud. For customers to securely connect to RLMCloud and check out their licenses, all they need is a username and password.

Since RLMCloud puts license servers under your direct control, you can support customers running in virtual machines, dockers, or containers, without the risk of license server cloning. You can also collect usage information for post-use billing and use software meters to tie your pricing to actual work done by your software. In addition, hot standby (failover) license servers are easy to set up on RLMCloud to maximize license availability.

A REST-style web services API integrates RLMCloud to your CRM, order management, or e-commerce platforms. RLMCloud is deployed in data centers in Asia, North America, and Europe.

RLM Teams

Reprise Software’s newest product, RLM Teams, extends licensing flexibility to collaborative groups, letting your customers assign and reassign licenses to themselves or their users from the RLM Teams portal.

With RLM Teams, you provision license entitlements to customer accounts. Customers fulfill their licenses on their computers or reassign them to their team members. Then, when users want to use your product, they log into RLM Teams where a license is generated and “soft-locked” to the user’s computer. Later, the user can log in on a different computer to move the license there.

You can host RLM Teams on your web server, or Reprise Software can host it for you in the cloud.

Below is a comparison table, highlighting the differences between the three solutions:

  Activation Pro RLMCloud RLM Teams
Trials and evals yes yes yes
Subscriptions yes yes yes
Uses HTTPS yes yes yes
Web services management API yes yes yes
On-premises licensing yes, after activation yes, temporary licenses yes, cached licenses
Rehosting yes, using RLM API yes yes
Use while disconnected yes, after activation yes, temporary licenses yes, cached licenses
Requires internet connection yes, initially yes, periodically yes, periodically
24x7x365 yes yes yes
Uses Standard rlm_checkout call yes, after activation yes yes
Uses activation keys yes no no
Floating licenses yes, on-premises yes no
Manage RLM license servers no yes, in the cloud no
License disablement yes, using RLM API yes yes
Personal licenses no yes no
Token-based licenses yes, with the RLM server yes no
Metered licenses no yes no
Post-use billing no yes no
RLM-embedded compatible yes no yes
Requires end-user accounts no no yes
Can be self-hosted by ISV yes no yes
Can use dongles yes no no

Reprise Software Acquired by FOG Software Group

January 14, 2022 – FOG Software Group (“FOG”), an operating group of Vela Software, and Constellation Software Inc. [TSX:CSU], is pleased to announce the acquisition of Reprise Software, developers of the Reprise License Management (“RLM”) product.

RLM is a fully featured suite of tools that enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to secure and monetize their products, whether they be desktop, network or cloud based. Utilizing a single API for all licensing types, clients can easily create and deploy keys for a variety of environments, reducing development effort and cutting down time required to manage licenses. Additionally, clients can choose to host their own license servers or utilize RLM through a hosted service to make license deployment trivial for customers. Boasting a history that goes back to the early days of license management, RLM remains a trusted and vital partner for top companies.

Tom Chan, CEO of the FOG Software Group STEM Portfolio, expressed his excitement of the opportunity to acquire Reprise, saying “We have used RLM in our products for more than a decade and have always found the software and service to be top notch and an excellent value. We are thrilled to be able to carry the Reprise legacy forward – always providing best in class service and ensuring that RLM continues to meet our customers’ varied needs during a dynamic period in software entitlement.”

If you have any questions about this acquisition, or the capabilities of RLM, please contact Reprise Software at [email protected].

About FOG Software Group

FOG Software Group (www.fogsoftwaregroup.com) is an operating group of Vela Software (www.velasoftwaregroup.com) and Constellation Software, Inc. [TSX:CSU] which is a US$3.5 billion consolidated revenue software conglomerate headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The operating group acquires, manages, and builds software companies in a variety of vertical markets. By helping their acquired companies improve operations, grow through organic initiatives, and seek additional acquisitions that can strengthen their market position, their portfolio companies become clear leaders in their industries.

About Reprise Software

Based in California, Reprise Software (www.reprisesoftware.com) is a leading provider of license management tools for software ISVs in many verticals including engineering, CAD/CAM, heavy industry and scientific applications. Known for providing excellent service and an easy to integrate API, RLM is used by hundreds of clients, worldwide.

RLM Teams – Licensing Unleashed

Announcing a new Reprise Software product, RLM Teams.

Over the past year or two, we have talked with many software vendors who are interested in a lightweight licensing solution based on user identity, not based on locking to machines, doing away with traditional licenses and activation keys. Some of the same companies have asked for a more collaborative approach to licensing that would give more power to users to allocate licenses to their team members. So, we have developed a new product in response to these trends called RLM Teams.

RLM Teams is a easy-to-use user-based licensing portal for individuals and groups working together. Built on industry standards, RLM Teams complements the flagship Reprise License Manager product by providing you with an account-based entitlement fulfillment portal in the Cloud, giving your customers secure access 24x7x365, without requiring you to deliver licenses or activation keys.

Here’s how it works:

With RLM Teams, you provision a number of product entitlements to each customer who can then either fulfill them on their own computers, or transfer them to colleagues. When a user wants to fulfill a license, he logs into RLM Teams. Then, when he runs your application for the first time, a license is “soft-locked” (cached) to his computer for as long as you want. The license can be easily moved by the user later.

RLM Teams accounts are either “admin” users or “regular” users. Regular users can fulfill licenses for themselves, or transfer their license entitlements to someone else on the system. After transferring, they can later “reclaim” the entitlements for themselves. “Admin” users have the additional privilege of managing user accounts.

RLM Teams Features:
– Cloud-based 24×7 access
– Identity-based licensing, no permanent hardware locking
– Disconnected operation for increased speed and mobility
– No license keys or activation codes to deliver and manage
– No extra licensing components to install (just install your software)

RLM Teams Benefits:
– Always-on
– Simple “follow-the-user” soft-lock licensing
– Enable collaboration – users allocate licenses for group projects, including to outside contractors
– Once licensed, users may operate disconnected for as long as you want
– Works with standard RLM kit (14.2 or later) – once integrated, you can use RLM Teams, RLMCloud, on-premises license servers, or local node-locked licenses – without changing your code

How is RLM Teams different from Activation Pro?

With Activation Pro, you create activation keys which are later redeemed for a license. The license gets tied to the user’s physical machine and is stored there. The license is tied to the machine until it is revoked or expires. Your application must be programmed to allow the license to be revoked then reactivated elsewhere.

With RLM Teams, users have accounts on the RLM Teams portal. They log in to fulfill their licenses. As the vendor, you get to decide how long the resulting license can be used before it must be refreshed. If a user wants to move his license to a different machine, he logs into RLM Teams from the new machine, deletes the prior fulfillment, and fulfills it again.

Please contact Reprise Software for more information.

Reprise License Manager Wins 2021 Leader Award in Software

Reprise Software is honored to be recognized as a best-in-class category leader by SourceForge

[March 4, 2021]– Reprise Software, a leader in software licensing solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a Winter 2021 Leader Award by SourceForge, the world’s largest software review and comparison website. This award recognized companies and products with outstanding user reviews that are in the top five percentile of highly reviewed products on SourceForge. 

“We’re excited to announce the outstanding SourceForge Winter 2021 Leaders,” said SourceForge President, Logan Abbott. “It’s my pleasure to recognize the Reprise License Manager as a Category Leader. Reprise License Manager from Reprise Software led the pack in the License Management category. Not only did RLM score extremely highly in overall ratings, users also overwhelmingly rated RLM as having outstanding features, design, and support. Congratulations to RLM for being best-in-class in the License Management category.”

To win the Winter 2021 Leader award, each winner had to receive enough high-rated user reviews to place the winning product in the top 5% of favorably reviewed products on SourceForge, which demonstrates the utmost quality that [Company name] delivers to customers.

“At Reprise Software, we’re excited to accept the SourceForge Winter 2021 Leader Award,” said Reprise Software CEO, Matt Christiano. “We do our best to provide a best-in-class product, and we’re happy to see our users rewarding us with good reviews. We’re honored to be valued at such a high level by our customers and to be recognized by SourceForge.”

About SourceForge

SourceForge.net is the world’s largest software comparison directory, serving over 30 million users every month and featuring user reviews, product comparisons, software guides, and more. SourceForge’s mission is to help businesses find the best software to fit their needs and their budget. There are a variety of software tools available to businesses, and there are tools in almost every category and niche, each serving a slightly different purpose.

 

“Virtual Dongles” for the Cloud

Use “Virtual Dongles” for Software Products Deployed in the Cloud

Do you want your customers to be able to use your software in the Cloud? But, you worry that since machine cloning is so easy that your software might be subject to unauthorized overuse? Control your software deployment with “Virtual Dongles for the Cloud”.

Consider using RLM Personal Edition or RLMCloud to easily serve your Cloud licenses.

To enable a customer, simply add his or her username or device ID to your customer list. Since RLM Personal and RLMCloud licenses are floating licenses, users can access your product from any development platform that you support, but use only one licensed copy at a time.


Think of it as a “virtual dongle” that’s cheaper than USB dongles, never gets lost or stolen, never breaks, and doesn’t require shipping. And best of all, it works in the Cloud.

Use the simple RLM Personal Edition API or RLMCloud to checkout the license assigned to the customer’s username or device ID when your software starts.

License checks happen over standard browser protocols.

You can store customer-specific options in each license… specify things like service levels, features, or expiration dates. The RLM Personal and RLMCloud APIs let you retrieve this optional information from within your program.

If you sell subscriptions, no problem, simply remove the user from the list if they cancel.

These licenses can be used for evaluations and paid licenses.

Please contact Reprise Software to start your RLM Personal Edition or RLMCloud Trial today. See https://reprisesoftware.com/products/rlm-personal-edition.php

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Telemarketers, Spammers, and Out-of-Control bots

What do all these have in common?

  • They are all annoying,
  • everyone hates them (with the possible exception of their spouses and mothers),
  • all are (to some extent) illegal, and
  • for them to be successful, they must be bad for (your) business.

What does this have to do with license management?   Nothing at all.  But this kind of behavior is an annoyance for everyone.  This week we spent an unreasonable amount of time identifying and stopping a bad bot that was generating roughly 50% of our website traffic.

When we finally found them they told us “you can block our traffic in your robots.txt file”.  Really?  (We had already blocked them).  Should the onus be on us to find them then block them, when we never asked to have them come and abuse our site?  And because their software developers don’t test their code before they unleash it on the internet at large?

They are in business to make your business worse.

When we found them, they told us this:  “(product name) is a digital marketing software that allows its users to view various information about their competitors from an SEO and SEM standpoint.”   Well, that makes me feel so much better about their bad software flooding my server with bogus requests.

In our case, their bad requests each generated a 404-not found error, which they repeated minute after minute, day after day.  And there is 0 advantage to us, in fact, their business allows our competitors to take advantage of us. Their business makes our business worse.  And they will do the same to you.  Also, their business slows down our website. And in our case, it was about to force us to upgrade our web hosting plan.  I would call that, at a minimum, unethical.  We won’t mention the company name, but they are a well-known company in the SEM business and given the state of their software, they are in a hurry to release new versions.

So their business is, at some level, putting a burden on each and every website owner (unknown to them) so that they can generate a profit. They should be compensating every website they invade, or at a minimum, requesting permission before they perform this kind of attack on a site.

Leave us a comment, and we will be happy to show you how to block them.  They have no business messing with your site.  It’s time to stop this kind of abuse.