updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue May 17, 2011
Protects HTML, images, video, PDFs, more
Software developers rely on a variety of ways to protect against unauthorized copying and use of their programs, but non-application files also need licensing or anti-piracy protection in some cases. Excel Software's revised DocProtect version 2 offers unique passwords or online activation services to other types of files, including HTML projects, image collections, video and audio files and PDFs. The program works either independently or in conjunction with the company's QuickLicense system.
DocProtect can offer even basic-level users an easy way to protect sensitive files, supplying a unique password tied to the document. Authors, for example, could set a unique password on first launch to ensure that only authorized computers can view the material. Alternatively, a protected document can require a link to an online activation server, allowing the creator to sell serial numbers for different levels of authorization or allowed numbers of activation.
An HTML project can be compiled into a standard Mac or Windows application, complete with custom icon. Users can navigate the pages and navigation and page links, while source code and/or URLs are hidden. Standard protection schemes also include restricting features like copying, exporting, saving or printing. The program also offers protection for a dozen video and audio file formats, including MOV, AVI, MP4 and F4V Flash video. The video or audio will play within a secure window that prevents saving or sharing.
Image collections of almost any format can be collected, managed and individually password-protected. Users can preview images, such as pictures of a wedding, then click to purchase the images or buy a license the original image in its native file format.
DocProtect v2 includes royalty-free runtime distribution rights for unlimited documents or licenses, works with Mac OS X (PPC or Intel) as well as Windows (XP or Vista), and costs $495 for a single-user license on either platform (or $795 for both platforms). A video demo is available from the company's website.