updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed October 11, 2006
Excel Software has announced its new QuickLicense system to manage the secure, flexible licensing of Windows and Macintosh software. QuickLicense is used to configure "hacker-proof" evaluation, lease or full licenses, then manage each license and customer data. The QuickLicense application can be used to configure a highly flexible licensing strategy with data stored in an encrypted ticket file. The data and runtime executable are protected from disassembly by data and logic firewalls, according to Excel. The royalty-free system can be applied to any consumer, business or shareware application developed in any programming language to implement trial editions, software leases, controlled feature editions or full licenses.
"With minimal programming, developers get flexible control over how many days or executions are allowed, which computers or users can run the software, the security features that protect it and how the registration process works," the company said. "QuickLicense makes shrink-wrapped, electronic download or time-leased distribution of software quick and secure."
QuickLicense offers online activation through a human controlled or automated process, passwords, license reset and controlled usage by specific computers or users. In addition to configuring the licensing strategy, the QuickLicense application makes it easy to store, organize and locate data from customers collected in the activation process. Data can be imported or exported to any spreadsheet or database application.
The Standard edition of QuickLicense is designed for time- or execution-limited trial editions, lease periods or perpetual licenses of commercial or shareware products. It provides password protection of applications and secure, royalty-free distribution of any number of products or licenses. The Professional edition has online activation and license reset features. Developers can control activated features in each license and limit access to specific machines or users, plus collect, organize, track and manage customer data without manual data entry.
The Standard edition is $200, while the Professional edition is $500. The Mac edition includes both Mac OS 9- and Mac OS X-native executables. Licenses can be configured on, deployed to or managed from any supported platform.