From Customer Stories

Announcements of RLM customers.

Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “… One of our key contacts recommended RLM since they were using it already.  We have been very happy with our experience to-date, and would highly recommend RLM to any small start-up such as ours that wants to focus on what makes you great and leave license management to the pros.”

About CVSim:
Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc.[]
The mission of Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc. (CSI) is to be the world-leader in software for cardiovascular applications including medical device design, biomedical research, and virtual surgical planning tools for therapeutic interventions.  The company is a very small startup located in Mountain View, California, working in facilities provided by the Fogarty Institute of Innovation.

Cardiovascular Simulation, Inc.’s flagship software solution cvSimTM is a software application for patient-specific cardiovascular modeling and simulation.  Based on technology originally developed at Stanford University, it enables users to create cardiovascular models from medical imaging data for quantification and blood flow simulation.  Please visit our website (www.cvsim.com) for more information.

Why RLM?
The selection of RLM was based on both philosophical and practical considerations.  From a philosophical standpoint, the value-add of the CSI team is our extensive knowledge of cardiovascular modeling and simulation methodology.  Therefore, whenever possible, we rely on cost-effective commercial libraries and open-source software for non-core technology such as license management.

From a practical standpoint, we needed a license management solution that was easy to implement, cross-platform (Windows & Linux), and cost-effective for a bootstrapping small start-up.  Another particularly important consideration for us was that our software embeds several other commercial kernels that require a per-seat royalty fee so robust license management was critically important.  We discovered Reprise by tapping into our network.  One of our key contacts recommended RLM since they were using it already.  We have been very happy with our experience to-date, and would highly recommend RLM to any small start-up such as ours that wants to focus on what makes you great and leave license management to the pros.

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Achronix Semiconductor Licenses the Reprise License Manaager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software Inc. today announced that Achronix Semiconductor, developer of the world’s fastest field programmable gate array (FPGA) called Speedster, has licensed the Reprise License Manager (RLM).

”The Reprise License Manager’s capability, simplicity and value were a good fit for our company,” said Raymond Nijssen, chief software architect at Achronix Semiconductor. “We were impressed with what we saw in Reprise and RLM and believe our customers will be too,” Nijssen added.

The Reprise License Manager from Reprise Software, now in its fifth major release, was created by the original developers of FLEXlm/FLEXnet to offer software companies an alternative. RLM is more powerful and has a smaller footprint than older license managers. With a built-in web server for administration and a published spec for its report log output, RLM lowers costs for end users of software as well.

“We welcome Achronix to the ever-growing list of RLM licensees”, stated Matt Christiano, founder and CEO of Reprise Software. “We’re gratified to see more companies in the electronic design space trust Reprise and RLM to offer a superior license management solution with good value.”

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Structural Vibration Solutions Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Structural Vibration Solutions generates as many licenses as they need without any extra cost. They provide their customers with a time limited evaluation license which can be turned into a permanent node locked license after purchase which they can activate online using the internet or offline using a telephone or email.

About Structural Vibration Solutions:

A Complex task with a simple solution[]

Structural Vibration Solutions A/S in Denmark is a world-renowned developer and supplier of ARTeMIS Extractor. ARTeMIS Extractor is the leading software for Operational Modal Analysis (OMA) – the modal analysis software for the vast number of cases where it is preferred not to control or measure the vibrational loading on structures.

Structural Vibration Solutions patented software products are unsurpassed in the world, and their many references around the globe are proof of this. Operational Modal Analysis (OMA) is the only thing they do, making them extremely specialized.

The ARTeMIS modal software is an open, and user friendly platform for modal testing, modal analysis and modal problem solving. If you can measure the vibrations, ARTeMIS Extractor can give you the modes in terms of mode shape, natural frequency and damping ratio.

The ARTeMIS Extractor software is used around the globe within Mechanical, Civil, Aerospace, Offshore, Maritime &  Automotive engineering. Eg. Siemens, NASA, Boeing, Stone Cutter Bridge among others. The size of the structure you want to measure does not matter.

What matters?
Time is money and therefore it’s very important for Structural Vibration Solutions A/S to offer their customers the possibility to measure and use the ARTeMIS Extractor software during normal service state of the structure which also means that they can measure the structure in its true boundaries. ARTeMIS Extractor gives customers fast and automatic results which save them time and money.

RLM has simplified license distribution!
It has been a key issue from the beginning that Structural Vibration Solutions A/S needed a licensing system as flexible as the rest of their own ARTeMIS Extractor Software. RLM has been able to provide us with a system which fulfills their requirements.

Today the homepage www.svibs.com attracts a huge number of people from around the globe who daily download the software for evaluation. Therefore it’s important that the system is easy and fast for customers to use, experiencing success with ARTeMIS Extractor software right away.

Structural Vibration Solutions generates as many licenses as they need without any extra cost. They provide their customers with a time limited evaluation license which can be turned into a permanent node locked license after purchase which they can activate online using the internet or offline using a telephone or email.

Structural Vibration Solutions A/S does not carry any physical inventory, so the RLM licensing system is a crucial part of our operations and a reason for our success in the global market.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Digital Video S.p.A. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Now, thanks to RLM,  DV uses a single license manager on both Windows and on MacOSX so the programming is simpler and the license management was implemented with minimum time and effort and at a reasonable cost.

About Digital Video S.p.A. – Toonz:
Providing powerful tools for cartoon animation

Digital Video (DV) S.p.A., the parent and R&D Company of Toonz, was founded in 1986. Based in Rome, Italy, Digital Video has made the development of the Toonz software package its mission, and Toonz has become a world leader in cartoon animation applications.

Toonz latest release, Toonz Harlequin, was born from DV’s experience and knowledge of traditional animation to meet the evolution of animation creative and technical standards. Toonz Harlequin integrates vector drawings in its traditional workflow based on raster drawings to allow the artist to step into paperless[] animation.

Another step in this direction is Toonz Bravo!, a software product that includes all the professional features of a 2D animation application, but is a cost-effective solution for studios wanting to produce paperless animation.

DV also develops a product line for web animation and broadcast, the TAB, that is a perfect fit for web animators and for Flash users looking to enrich the animation content of their work. The line includes the TAB Kids that allows any kid to create animations and cartoons with amazing results, thanks to a user-friendly interface based on icons and buttons. The TAB MANGA product is designed to create mangas (the Japanese term for comics) and animations from start to finish.

DV has developed other products for the animation industry:

  • LineTest that offers a low cost solution for pencil testing.
  • Scintillae, a powerful yet easy to use Particles & Fx generator.
  • Toonz 3D Export plug-in to SI|XSI and SI|3D that allows camera data to be exported directly from SI|XSI or SI|3D to Toonz.

The list of professional companies currently using Toonz is enormous, as the installed base of Toonz is well over 3,000 seats. The DV products are successfully used to produce hours of animation per day for film, television and multimedia.

Selecting a License Manager
Before adopting RLM, DV used two different ways to license its products on MacOSX and on Windows platforms.

On Windows it used an older license manager, similar to RLM, while on MacOSX it used dongles (hardware keys).

Reprise presented a solution with support for all the platforms DV required, and an SDK with many useful options. DV started to integrate RLM into its products at the end of 2007 and the porting to RLM has been very simple and fast.

Now, thanks to RLM,  DV uses a single license manager on both Windows and on MacOSX so the programming is simpler and the license management was implemented with minimum time and effort and at a reasonable cost.

Digital Video supports two license types currently: floating and node-locked counted, both demo and full.

An important RLM feature is the ability to create custom hostid-processing code in order to integrate custom hostids such as dongles. Also RLM is simple to customize, allowing Digital Video developers to modify it exactly as they want and the addition of the custom hardware key routines within RLM code was quick and easy.

Thanks to the excellent support received from Reprise Software, Digital Video released Toonz 5.2 with RLM integration in Q1 2008.

For more information about Digital Video visit http://www.toonz.com.

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