From Customer Stories

Announcements of RLM customers.

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

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.

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.

Zentech International Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: RLM satisfied Zentech International’s need for an affordable licensing solution because both setup and administration were familiar to their customers.

The Token-Based license facility was particularly useful, enabling simple control of program features, eg. version, allowed FE code interfaces, etc.. Zentech found that RLM was most helpful in supporting a trial-to-enable testing on Windows & Linux. Reprise Software’s pricing was reasonable and any technical problems were resolved quickly and effectively.

About Zentech International:[]

Delivering high powered analysis tools the engineering community
Zentech provides engineering software and consultancy services – in particular to the aerospace, nuclear and manufacturing industries.

Its main product – Zencrack – enables engineers to model and analyze 3-dimensional cracks, using finite element (FE) analysis to allow calculation of parameters such as energy release rate and[] stress intensity factors. These capabilities can be applied to a wide range of problems. Surface cracks and embedded defects can be analyzed. Existing defects in components can be modeled and their remaining life calculated. Forensic analysis of failed components can be carried out to determine the failure mechanism and much more.

Zencrack interfaces with leading FE programs, such as Abaqus, Ansys, Finas and MSC.Marc – on Windows 32 & 64 bit, Linux and other proprietary platforms.  It is available in either Standard or Professional versions.

Having used different licensing methods, including ‘dongles’, and the company’s own node-locked mechanism, all of which satisfied requirements in the past, an increasing need to provide greater flexibility for users to access the software was recognized.  It was important also that the license manager could be downloaded easily from Zentech’s web-site, as Zencrack is distributed solely via the site (most customers are outside the UK where Zentech is based). Finally, the license management had to be implemented with minimum time and effort and at a reasonable cost.

Initially, to make it simpler for clients, the license manager used by the FE code suppliers was investigated but the entry-level pricing was far too high. Other vendors’ products either could not support the range of platforms, or did not appear to provide the features needed.

RLM, however, provided all of these. The Token-Based license facility was particularly useful, enabling simple control of program features, eg. Version, allowed FE code interfaces, etc.. Zentech found that RLM was most helpful in supporting a trial-to-enable testing on Windows & Linux. Reprise Software’s pricing was reasonable and any technical problems were resolved quickly and effectively.

Roger Hewitt, Zentech’s Technical Director, says, “The SDK is straightforward and well-documented, and Reprise’s support is excellent. The end-user footprint is small and we implemented the RLM into our latest version without difficulty and with no user problems reported so far. I am confident we made the right decision.”

Craft Animations Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “Reprise presented a solution with support for all the platforms we required, and an SDK which gives us a lot of options. The latter factor is what we appreciate the most about RLM. It is very small and requires no external dependencies. It just works. And the SDK is very open, enabling our developers to customize the license manager exactly the way we want it.”

Increasing the productivity of professional animators

Craft Animations develops a suite of plug-ins called Craft Director Tools (for Autodesk 3ds max, Maya and Viz). Our software enables 3d-animators to record vehicle and camera animations in a very efficient way. Craft Director Tools is based on a new innovative approach for making 3d-animations. Instead of having an animator make all keyframes manually (a common approach which takes a lot of time and effort), the animator can simply steer the objects in real-time. The animation is automatically generated by an advanced simulator.

Our main customers are from the visualization and entertainment industry. Our products receive a lot of attention in Hollywood and many animation studios are currently using our tools in their workflow. But our products are also used widely by auto manufacturers and defense contractors, as we have very advanced tools for animating[] cars, helicopters and other vehicles.  Generally, any company that uses visualization can benefit greatly from Craft Director Tools.

Craft Animations was founded in January, 2006 and the first modules of Craft Director Tools were released in March, 2006. But the technology had been in development for several years before and began as a master’s thesis by our founder Luigi Tramontana.

A competent professional animator can make approximately 8 seconds of animation per day. Craft Director Tools can produce the same result in a couple of seconds. This is possible because the animator no longer needs to animate each individual component (such as chassis, wheels, suspensions, flaps, rudders) making them all interact with each other, but only needs to steer the object manually. The details and behavior are then generated by the simulation.

Selecting a License Manager
We started out with another license manager which had support for only the Win32 platform.

We support two license types currently: full and demo licenses. The demo licenses are activated by an internal license key and communicate with our master server. Full licenses can either be activated by files or by activation keys. We also plan to support floating licenses in the near future.

When we came in contact with Reprise, we were already looking for a replacement for our license manager. We were planning to port our software to other platforms and our current license manager only supported the Win32 platform. There were also some internal limitations in that SDK which forced us to search for alternatives.

Reprise presented a solution with support for all the platforms we required, and an SDK which gives us a lot of options. The latter factor is what we appreciate the most about RLM. It is very small and requires no external dependencies. It just works. And the SDK is very open, enabling our developers to customize the license manager exactly the way we want it.

RLM appeared to be stable from day one. Due to the company’s fast pace of innovation and unusually receptive attitude toward suggestions from customers, Reprise Software offers us an the opportunity to contribute to and even take part in its product development.

RLM fulfilled all of our license manager requirements and we have received good support from both the sales and development departments at Reprise.

Runge Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Reprise Software Inc., the fastest-growing company in the software license management industry, today announces the licensing of its flagship Reprise License Manager (RLM) by The Runge Group, a global mining technology company providing mine planning software and specialist consulting services. Runge will use RLM in its Mining Dynamics, XPAC, Talpac, XERAS and related mine management software solutions.

Now nearing its fourth major release, the Reprise License Manager TM (RLM) offers innovative license models and policies to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), allowing them to maximize customer satisfaction as well as revenues. The needs of Enterprise software end-users are also addressed, as RLM provides numerous options for maximizing license availability and ease of configuration and reporting all without additional costly administration tools.

Runge CTO Scott Henderson said, “After a detailed review of offerings in the marketplace and extensive evaluation of RLM, we’re re pleased to be able to offer our end users the greater flexibility available through the use of RLM for license management.”

Matt Christiano, Reprise Software’s founder and president said,”We welcome Runge to the growing list of software vendors adopting RLM for license management. Runge’s use of RLM highlights RLM’s broad applicability to increase both customer satisfaction and software vendor revenues across many industries.”

RLM helps increase end user customer satisfaction and software vendor revenues through the use of easy-to-implement, flexible license terms automatically included with software shipped to end users. Software vendors specify the license terms given to customers by describing them in an easily-read text certificate protected by a digital signature. Over time, end users’ rights can evolve from an initial demo/eval to a purchase of perpetual or time-limited rights, followed by new releases, additional “seats” or copies as well as optional add-on features. In the forthcoming newest release of RLM, an innovative license model allowing use of software only by a select list of named users can be easily implemented. This kind of innovative thinking is among the many characteristics that set RLM apart from older, legacy license managers.

About The Runge Group

The Runge Group is a leader in the provision of technology and services to the global mining industry. The company leads its industry with mine planning, equipment optimisation and financial analysis software solutions. Its consulting expertise streamlines client operations from resource management to mine closure.

The Runge group operations 17 offices around the world and includes MRM Mining Services in South Africa, Minarco-MineConsult in Sydney, Jakarta and Beijing, GeoGAS in Wollongong in Australia and Pincock Allen & Holt in the USA.

Simerics, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “The most important factors that Simerics considered when selecting RLM were the support of floating and node-locked licenses on multiple platforms and RLM’s reasonable price structure for their new startup company.”

About Simerics, Inc.:[]

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Simerics, Inc., based in Huntsville, Alabama, develops, markets, and supports a software product called “PumpLinx” which is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool for the three dimensional analysis and design of fluid pumps. Simerics was founded in 2006 and began shipping its product in April of 2007.

The software is sufficiently accurate, easy-to-use, and fast that it can be used by designers as a practical alternative to hardware tests. PumpLinx allows engineers to improve designs, fixGear Pump problems, and integrate the pump into a system in less time and with less cost. (see inset of water jet pump). It uses CAD data as input and is able to accurately model the full range of pump dynamics, including cavitation. Output includes engineering data relevant to the pump engineer, including flow, cavitation, pressures ripples, loads, torques, and power.

The software is aimed at industries that design and/or utilize pumps, including the automotive, hydraulic, aerospace, and petroleum industries.

Simerics offers various license types for PumpLinx including Commercial, Evaluation, Distributor and Training License versions. The software is also offered in multiple configurations based on the functionality purchased. They use the Reprise License Manager (RLM) to control which set of functions are enabled.

Simerics designed a custom RLM hostid based on CPU type / HDD ID / Network card addresses.  It is used to ensure that the software is used only on machines that are licensed to run it.

The most important factors that Simerics considered when selecting RLM were the support of floating and node-locked licenses on multiple platforms and RLM’s reasonable price structure for their new startup company.

To learn more about Simerics and its products, please visit their website.

Vico Software, Inc. Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: Vico Software found that RLM provided the needed functionality to replace its older dongle-based licensing solution. RLM’s “roaming license” capability served the needs of Vico Software’s mobile construction industry customer base.

RLM Customer Story:

Vico Software, a Reprise License Manager (RLM) customer since September 2006, develops and sells software solutions for the construction industry, a market that has been known for its sub-optimum use of materials, low efficiency, and late and over-budget projects.

Vico Software’s business is focused on trying to make the construction industry more efficient through the integration of design, construction and management processes, thus improving project predictability; providing early identification of constructability problems; and synchronizing design, costs and schedules. With over two hundred customers and more than one hundred and fifty projects completed, Vico Software has a proven track record of delivering results towards these objectives in several international markets, primarily in the US, UK, Nordic (mostly Finland) and the Middle East.

Before adopting RLM, Vico Software used dongles (hardware keys) to license its products.  Although dongles served their needs well for several years, the advanced licensing demands of their customers (especially those from their largest and best customers) began to surpass the dongle’s ability to support them. So, Vico Software began to look for a replacement licensing technology that provided a more flexible software licensing platform without the use of dongles.

After a comprehensive evaluation process, Vico Software selected the Reprise License Manager. In addition to the advanced technology within RLM, including license roaming (a critical feature for Vico’s marketplace), what impressed Vico was Reprise Software’s quick support turnaround time and its responsiveness to requests for additional features.

Vico Software sells both dedicated (standalone) and floating licenses with a perpetual and/or subscription pricing model.

Leading image rendering company uses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Summary: “In the beginning SiTex Graphics developed our own licensing manager; but as our customer base grew, we realized we needed a manager that would provide our customers with better performance, manageability, and reliability in a large production environment.  RLM met those requirements, and the outstanding support during our testing phase as well as the affordable pricing made adopting RLM an easy choice.”

About SiTex Graphics:

Leading image rendering company uses RLM to license compute-intensive applications

Scott Iverson, President of SiTex Graphics, talks about his company and his reasons for selecting RLM from Reprise Software.

SiTex Graphics develops advanced 3D rendering software used to create visual effects for television and film.  Our AIR rendering software has been used on numerous feature films including the Oscar-winning Happy Feet and the latest installment of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard.  The computation-heavy, bandwidth-intensive nature of visual effects requires that our customers maximize the use of their rendering licenses. With the tight deadlines imposed by a production environment, AIR is typically run 24/7 on render farms scaling to hundreds of processors.

Below is an example of SiTex Graphic’s rendering software at work. Except for the actor, it is a completely CGI rendering of a speeding Mercedes-Benz.

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In the beginning SiTex Graphics developed our own licensing manager; but as our customer base grew, we realized we needed a manager that would provide our customers with better performance, manageability, and reliability in a large production environment.  RLM met those requirements, and the outstanding support during our testing phase as well as the affordable pricing made adopting RLM an easy choice. Partnering with Reprise Software has freed us from the increasing demands of developing and maintaining our own license management software, allowing us to focus on improving our primary software products.

We’ve appreciated the flexibility of RLM as we have adapted our licensing model to accommodate the spread of multi-core machines.  Our licenses have always allowed multiple processes running on the same machine to share a license.  With multi-core machines we wanted to preserve that behavior while refining the licensing policy to require more than one license for machines with many cores.  RLM provided the necessary flexibility to implement that change out-of-the-box.

RLM makes our software even more powerful and effective by providing our customers with the options and information they need to maximize its use. We’ve been pleased enough with RLM to recommend it to other developers in our area, and they have likewise been impressed with the simplicity, flexibility and affordability of RLM.

For more information about SiTex Graphics, please click here.

Dynamic Design Solutions Licenses the Reprise License Manager (RLM)

[]Summary: Sometimes DDS’ customers need to take their computer on site to work at remote locations like factories, or test facilities. They have traditionally used dongles to be able to use the same node-locked license of software on their office PC as well as notebooks. DDS is now promoting the use of floating license and use a RLM-supported “roaming” license whenever they need to take a notebook outside of their office.

About Dynamic Design Solutions:

Dynamic Design Solutions is an independent and privately owned developer of software tools for validating simulation models, optimizing engineering designs and integrating and automating simulation processes.  Their specialty is to bridge the world of engineering based on experimentation and prototype testing, with the new world of virtual product development and simulating product performance before any prototype is built. In order to be useful for decision-making, these virtual models need to be calibrated using real-life data and that is where their software comes in. DDS’ customers are active in the mechanical and civil engineering industries.

DDS serves a niche market today, so their licensing needs are modest in terms of number of licenses but, their customers are located worldwide and range from very small local consultants to multinational enterprises. Because of the nature of their software solution, most customers are supported centrally from their head office in Belgium. Consequently, they work hard to reduce support calls as much as possible by providing extensive documentation, and a web-based knowledge base. When they were looking for a replacement of their prior licensing solution, ease-of-use and trouble free installation were top criteria.

DDS found all these requirement fulfilled by RLM in addition to:

  • Attractive pricing (all-in-one offering at an affordable price per OS)
  • All licensing models that are needed fulfilled by RLM (node-locked, floating)
  • Easy and smooth communication with sales and technical support
  • Basic architecture similar to legacy software already known by their staff.

DSS chose to replace their legacy licensing vendor because of slow or nonexistent technical support, vague roadmap for new OS support (i.e. 64-bit), and sudden changes in business model and price level.

DDS is sensitive to piracy issues as well. They found older versions of their software on several piracy web site and therefore had to reinforce protection. Using stronger encryption is often at an extra cost with competing license managers but is included in RLM. For a company like DDS, with a small customer base, it is relatively easy to switch license managers. Changing to a newer license manager that has not yet had the same attention from the hacker community as legacy software is probably a very efficient way to reinforce protection.

DDS relies on RLM for standard license models like node-locking individual licenses and floating network licenses.

Sometimes DDS’ customers need to take their computer on site to work at remote locations like factories, or test facilities. They have traditionally used dongles to be able to use the same node-locked license of software on their office PC as well as notebooks. DDS is now promoting the use of floating license and use a RLM-supported “roaming” license whenever they need to take a notebook outside of their office.

Some of their larger customers that run sophisticated computing centers, have asked for a way to guarantee license availability in case of a server failure. This is made possible by the failover licensing feature in RLM which permits a second backup license server to automatically take over in case the first (main) server fails.

Finally, DDS found it very important to provide full versions of their software for a temporary trial period. Converting such a time-limited version to a regular paid license is then only a matter of changing the license file.

For the future, DDS looks for improvements in:

  • Internet-based licensing
  • Further automation of installation and configuration (wizards)
  • Reduction of administrative costs related to licensing

For more information about DDS or to contact them please visit them at http://www.dds.be