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Silicon DSP Corporation Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “One requirement was to provide customers with a time limited evaluation license that can be turned into a permanent node locked license after purchase. The other requirement was to support concurrent floating licenses. So we expected a whole bunch of coding and additional work in order to support floating licenses, but to our surprise we did not need to change a single line of code. Converting a node-locked evaluation or permanent license into a floating license is controlled by the license file itself. So by just modifying a text file and re-running Reprise utilities we support concurrent floating licenses. And this works whether the application is written in C or Java.”

About Silicon DSP Corporation:

Design and Modeling for DSP Implemenations in ASIC and DSP Processors

At Silicon DSP Corporation, we needed to integrate a license management system into multiple products on multiple platforms.

RLM Simplified our License Distribution
One requirement was to provide customers with a time limited evaluation license that can be turned into a permanent node locked license after purchase. The other requirement was to support concurrent floating licenses. So we expected a whole bunch of coding and additional work in order to support floating licenses, but to our surprise we did not need to change a single line of code. Converting a node-locked evaluation or permanent license into a floating license is controlled by the license file itself. So by just modifying a text file and re-running Reprise utilities we support concurrent floating licenses. And this works whether the application is written in C or Java.

RLM’s Pricing gave us Freedom
Reprise’s price structure provided another great advantage because we can generate as many licenses as we need without added costs. This translated into a great benefit to our customers because we could generate two licenses, one for home use and one for the workplace. And if for some reason a machine was down we could generate a new license. Thus we did not have to worry about running out of a fixed number of licenses.

Customizable RLM License Files Reduce Support Load
With respect to the concurrent floating licenses, the fact that the end customer can change the IP address pointing to the license server simply by editing the license file without our company’s involvement was a great plus. This saves us time and effort. We send the license text file to the customer and let them change the address based on their internal system. The security and protection for our product is in the node locked license on the server.

Web-based Documentation helps our Customers
Finally, we were able to leverage Reprise’s web based documentation to provide our customers with operational insight into how to optimize the RLM licensing environment.

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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Software “Test Drives” – Best Licensing Practices

Of the many advantages to using a license manager, the easy creation of eval/trial/demo versions of your packaged software is arguably one of the most powerful. Using an electronic license with an expiration date, and possibly a "demo" flag, makes your product accessible to would-be buyers. Since electronic licenses can also be easily turned into full, "purchased" licenses, a trial version of your product is the logical first step in a successful sales process.

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Limit State Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “When looking for licensing software for LimitState:GEO we came across RLM, and quickly found it to be a good fit for us – clear documentation, cross-platform support and, equally important, low upfront pricing for small companies!  Another licensing system we considered had relied on intermittent communications with a 3rd party webserver (which we would have no control over). We prefer RLM because we have complete control, and our customers do not require internet connectivity after their license has been installed.”

About LimitState:

Developers of powerful yet easy to use engineering analysis software

LimitState software helps engineers to rapidly evaluate the safety of bodies and structures. We incorporate cutting edge optimization technology in our software to efficiently identify when a loaded solid body or structure will fail.

LimitState:RING is a world-leading software application for assessing the safety of masonry arch bridges, the most common bridge type found in Europe. LimitState:RING can analyze single and multi-span bridges, with or without defects, and subject to highway or railway loading vehicles.

LimitState:GEO is an exciting new software application for geotechnical stability problems. Users can quickly and easily analyze problems of almost any type – including combined problems simultaneously involving slope stability, retaining walls, foundation footings and tunnels. At the time of writing the software is being used, for example, by one customer to help finalize the complex foundations supporting the inclined columns carrying the new Liverpool FC stadium roof.

Why RLM?
When looking for licensing software for LimitState:GEO we came across RLM, and quickly found it to be a good fit for us – clear documentation, cross-platform support and, equally important, low upfront pricing for small companies!  Another licensing system we considered had relied on intermittent communications with a 3rd party webserver (which we would have no control over). We prefer RLM because we have complete control, and our customers do not require internet connectivity after their license has been installed.

Using Internet Activation
Due to time pressures we initially issued RLM license files manually, but have now switched to internet activation. As well as cutting needless support queries (‘how do I find my hostid?’, etc), the records automatically created by the internet activation server means that we can keep track of both trial and full licenses more effectively than before.

Named-User Licenses Solve Pricing Dilemma
With traditional floating network licenses if the software runs quickly, a single user license can service the needs of large numbers of users. However, as we have spent thousands of developer hours to ensure customers can create and solve a problem in minutes – rather than the hours or days associated with legacy software, another priority for us was to ensure that this speed of operation did not adversely affect sales. The highly price-sensitive nature of the engineering analysis software market meant that charging a significant premium for our software was not a realistic option, so we instead turned to the ‘named user’ license feature provided by RLM, which allows us to limit the number of named individuals entitled to share a single license in a given 24 hour period. To date, customers find this solution satisfactory. They particularly like the fact that they can edit the named user list themselves as their user population changes.

Please visit http://www.limitstate.com for more information.

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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Joe Alter Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “With RLM we have been able to untangle our order/upgrade process, avoid last minute shipping costs and provide our customers with a much more flexible, high level of service.”

About Joe Alter, Inc.: []

Providing powerful tools to create realistic special effects

Joe Alter, Inc develops software for creating photo realistic 3D hair for Film, TV, and videogames. Our “Shave and a Haircut” product has been used on numerous feature films including “King Kong”,  Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, Pirates of the Caribbean : World’s End, XMen-2, and more.

Our licensing requirements serve users with hundreds of workstations and rendernodes. We support multiple versions of Linux, Windows and OSX. Finding a satisfactory licensing system for these requirements that is still affordable was a real challenge.

We had previously used Aladdin’s NETHasp license manager with great reliability and success however they didn’t provide an easy way to upgrade customers, manage temp keys, or tie licenses to a MAC address. With RLM we have been able to untangle our order/upgrade process, avoid last minute shipping costs and provide our customers with a much more flexible, high level of service.

RLM has had an immediate impact on customer satisfaction, and has resulted in increased sales.

The developer support at Reprise is top notch, and the product works.

Please visit http://www.joealter.com/ for more information.

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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Autoform Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software Inc. is pleased to announce that the leading provider of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, AutoForm Engineering GmbH, has selected Reprise Software’s Reprise License Manager (RLM) for its various engineering design product lines. AutoForm Engineering will use RLM to enable secure license models that will allow it to package and price its software to match its customers’ preferences.

The Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) while better addressing the needs of enterprise software end-users. Although RLM resembles popular licensing systems in architecture and administration, its advantages are apparent in its simplicity, performance and value; three under-served areas in the marketplace today. RLM is used widely in the scientific and engineering software markets.

AutoForm Engineering’s Development Manager, Andreas Krainer said, “The technical evaluation of RLM proved that RLM was more than capable of handling our licensing needs. RLM’s simple design makes implementation easy and straightforward. On the business side, we are comfortable that Reprise has the experience and know-how to support us now and in the coming years as we deploy our software with RLM.”

“We are very pleased that AutoForm Engineering has selected the Reprise License Manager as its license management solution,” said Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s founder and president. “Industry leaders, such as AutoForm Engineering, are realizing the benefits of RLM’s unique technical innovations within a design that is already familiar to most developers and end users.”

RLM supports a core set of license types with license policy removed from the software and placed into the license key – in order to make integration and support easier for Independent Software Vendors, and to make the meaning of the license more transparent to the end-user community. Perhaps most important to end users, Reprise Software is committed to fully documenting the usage data format and partnering with third party report writer vendors to support it in order to expand the available sources of end user reporting tools.

About AutoForm Engineering GmbH
AutoForm Engineering develops and markets specialized die face design and simulation software for the automotive and sheet metal forming industries. With all of the Top 20 automobile producers and customers, AutoForm is recognized as the number one provider of software for product formability, die face design and virtual tryouts to the global automotive industry. For detailed information visit www.autoform.com.

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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License Portability

Not for Everybody, but Dongles Provide License Portability

The overall reputation of dongles "took it on the chin" in past decades. Dongles were perceived to be inconvenient, clumsy, unreliable and expensive. Not so fast! The dongle is seeing a rebirth. Late model USB dongles are both reliable and inexpensive. Through it all, dongles remain extremely popular in some market segments including applications that are deployed in laboratory, testing, and remote "in the field" locations.

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Licensing on Virtual Machines

Virtual Machine (VM) software has been a major factor in increasing computer utilization and efficiency. VM software allows users to segment a computer into multiple "virtual" systems, each with its own copy of an operating system each acting fully independently from the others. For software vendors, this "machine replication" can be a problem, one that can make profits become "virtual" too.

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Human Solutions GmbH Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software is pleased to announce that a leading company in the 3D Body Scanning and Ergonomic Simulation industry, Human Solutions GmbH, has selected Reprise Software’s Reprise License Manager (RLM) for its Ramsis, eBTD, Intailor, and Scanworx product lines. Humans Solutions will use RLM to enable secure license models that will allow it to package and price its software to match its customers’ preferences.

The Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) while better addressing the needs of enterprise software end-users. Although RLM resembles popular licensing systems in architecture and administration, its advantages are apparent in its simplicity, performance and value; three under-served areas in the marketplace today. RLM is used widely in the scientific and engineering software markets.

Human Solutions’ VP of Software Development Michael Stöhr said, “During our evaluation RLM met all of our technical requirements in a package that was easy to implement and deploy. RLM’s streamlined design was particularly welcome because it made the transition from our legacy licensing very straightforward. Also, Reprise has priced RLM attractively, especially for small but growing companies.”

“We are pleased that Human Solutions has selected the Reprise License Manager as its license management solution,” said Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s founder and president. “Human Solutions is among a growing number of companies who are realizing the benefits of RLM because of its innovative feature set packaged within an architecture that is already familiar to most users.”

RLM supports a core set of license types with license policy removed from the software and placed into the license key – in order to make integration and support easier for Independent Software Vendors, and to make the meaning of the license more transparent to the end-user community. Perhaps most important to end users, Reprise Software is committed to fully documenting the usage data format and partnering with third party report writer vendors to support it in order to expand the available sources of end user reporting tools.

About Human Solutions GmbH
Based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the company has been developing and selling hardware and software solutions for the measurement and simulation of human beings since 1986. Telephone: +49 (0)631 303-5600.
Website: http://www.human-solutions.com

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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Quest Reliability, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “After researching several available licensing solutions in the market, we chose and standardized on the RLM system because it offered the best overall value, with an extremely rich set of features, and was backed by a responsive and knowledgeable staff.”

About Quest Reliability, Inc.: []

Providing powerful tools for mechanical and structural integrity

Quest Reliability, LLC is a built on a foundation of leading edge science and technology that has innovated and shaped industries for almost 40 years.  Today, with its advanced knowledge and expertise in the fields of mechanical and structural integrity, risk-based asset management and materials engineering, Quest Reliability is leading the refining, chemical & gas, power and pipeline industries in improving asset reliability and performance.

In addition to the company’s advanced consulting and asset management services, Quest Reliability also offers a broad range of commercial software spanning high-level fitness-for-service assessments, life prediction modeling, and fracture mechanics and 3D volumetric flaw analyses.  Quest Reliability’s windows-based product lines include:

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Signal FFS — a software product for performing fitness-for-service assessments and fracture mechanics analyses on fixed and rotating equipment. Signal FFS adheres with API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 2007 and BS 7910 standards. Signal FFS is critical when maximizing the reliable service lifetime of critical assets in heavy industries.

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FEACrack — a finite element analysis package that generates 3-D crack meshes, and guides the user through building models, running the analysis, and post processing.  FEACrack was designed by Dr. Ted Anderson, author of the leading Fracture Mechanics textbook, and includes many advanced fracture analysis functions such as crack remeshing, porous Gurson material, node release, and cohesive elements.  The software contains an extensive library of structural geometries and crack shapes.  FEACrack’s 3D crack mesh generator creates ready-to-run input files for Abaqus, Ansys, and Warp3D, and creates neutral files for Femap and Patran.

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LifeQuest product line –integrated solutions that utilize advanced inspection technologies and include specialized software that implements FEA and life prediction algorithms for:

  • Pipelines
  • Steam reformers
  • Fired heaters
  • High energy piping

Choosing a License Manager
One of the challenges Quest faced in bringing a diverse suite of high-value software products to market was finding a flexible and efficient licensing mechanism that could also support the diversity of our customer base and delivery models.  After researching several available licensing solutions in the market, we chose and standardized on the RLM system because it offered the best overall value, with an extremely rich set of features, and was backed by a responsive and knowledgeable staff.

Our customers range from large multi-nationals, requiring high availability, network license pools and roaming licenses, to independent consultants and researchers requiring a single-seat node-locked installation.  We were able to quickly integrate RLM into our products and accommodate all of the requirements, while simplifying our build and operational processes.

One of our first licensing challenges after adopting RLM was to deliver a package where we could enable a customer to have full software functionality while working with specific data sets, but limit the software functionality for non-licensed data.  Licensing “data” instead of an executable was a snap with RLM.  We incorporated our own data signatures into RLM license lines, and were able to satisfy the requirement with minimal additional coding.

By using the RLM system, we are able to effectively manage and create unique licensing arrangements specific to our customer’s needs.

Please visit http://www.questreliability.com/ for more information.

Help for RLM license administration

- view the RLM License Administration Manual here
- Visit our license administration help page here

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