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Mar
3
March 2015 Newsletter
Posted by Clay P on 03 March 2015 04:03 PM

Coming Soon: Unbundling of Protection PLUS

Survey results from our last newsletter confirmed our hunch that most of our customers are using either Instant Protection PLUS† or Protection PLUS SDK to protect their software. Currently, these are bundled into one product.

The next release of Instant Protection PLUS 3 and Protection PLUS 4 and 5 SDK will separate the product line into these two individual components.

Great Advantages:

  • Lower cost for annual maintenance
  • Easier upgrading
  • Eliminate installing non-essential tools

Don't worry — most existing Protection PLUS customers will be able to access both products using their existing license. You can read all about this coming change in our blog post: Two Products are Better than One - A Case for Unbundling Protection PLUS.

†Instant Protection PLUS 3 was previously branded as Instant PLUS.

When licensing software, should I require customers to activate my software evaluations?

There are many things to consider when creating a trial/evaluation version of your software application, including a standard cost/benefit analysis to determine if requiring your prospects to activate the evaluation version is something you should enforce. We are often asked which approach is best, so we summarized our thoughts in this blog post: When licensing software, should I require customers to activate my software evaluations?

New Success Story: Customization for an Established Organization

Dan VanLuchene, Co-founder and Partner at Integrated Engineering Software, is in an enviable position. Ten reliable products, twenty years of operation, a rock-solid customer base of structural engineers, and a tight, automated system to keep it all humming. It wasn't always this way. His growing business had become painfully hampered by an antiquated licensing system.

In 2012, Dan started the search for a third-party solution for two predominant problems. First, their existing system not allowing network licensing was problematic. Second, they needed to address unauthorized use of their software products.

Read the full success story here.

Webinar Recording: Introduction to and Benefits of the SoftwareKey System

On November 18, 2014, we conducted a live webinar entitled Introduction to and Benefits of the SoftwareKey System. Watch an optimized, 23-minute version of this webinar.

If you are new to the SoftwareKey System or want a fresh look at the latest components and benefits of our technology, you won’t want to miss this video! It was hosted by SoftwareKey Founder and CTO Mike Wozniak, who walks you through an overview of how our cornerstone components — Protection PLUS and SOLO Server — offer many benefits as a software license management solution, including:

  • Get new exposure for your software products
  • Increase your revenues
  • Reduce your software support expenses
  • Maximize your return on investment
  • Around-the-clock convenience to your customers

This webinar is intended for all audiences. Prospective customers will gain a better understanding of what the SoftwareKey System can offer and where to start. Current customers can learn about the benefits they may not yet be taking advantage of. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered in this webinar:

  • Why choose a licensing system?
  • The benefits of each SoftwareKey System component
  • Why the SoftwareKey System is the best choice for you

Featured Blog Posts

Ask questions or share your feedback!

In the interest of better serving our customers, SoftwareKey welcomes questions or comments about our company and our products. Feel free to contact us if there is some way we can assist you.

Latest Product Versions

The latest version of Instant Protection PLUS 3 is 3.2.0.4. Read the Instant PLUS release notes for a list of changes and new features.

The latest version of the Protection PLUS 4 API is 4.6.0.8. Read the Protection PLUS 4 release notes for a list of changes and new features.

The PLUSManaged library is now included in Protection PLUS 5 .NET Edition. The latest version of Protection PLUS 5 .NET Edition (and the PLUSManaged library/API) is 5.14.3.0. Read the Protection PLUS 5 release notes for a list of changes and new features.

Existing customers under a valid software maintenance agreement can download these from the Customer License Portal.

The latest build of SOLO Server is 1.15.1.0. View the SOLO Server release notes for a detailed list of changes and new features.


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Jan
20
SOLO Server 1.15.1.0 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 20 January 2015 04:07 PM

SOLO Server 1.15.1.0 was released on January 7th, 2015!

All Instant SOLO Server customers were upgraded at this time.

Any self-hosted SOLO Server customer who is interested in upgrading to this release should contact us.

For more information on the new features, including the new report that will quickly export data for all your customers, please view our blog post : SOLO Server 1.15.1.0 New Features and Exporting Data

The full release notes can be found here.


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Dec
10
SOLO Server 1.14.2.3 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 10 December 2014 06:58 PM

SOLO Server 1.14.2.3 was released on November 26, 2014!

All Instant SOLO Server customers were upgraded at this time.

Any self-hosted SOLO Server customer who is interested in upgrading to this release should contact us.

We will be rolling out a variety of security enhancements related to keeping customer passwords secure. We continue to recommend the use of random and unique passwords by your customers, and we have also decided to make customer passwords less visible. For more information on why we are making these changes, and the details of what the changes are, please read our blog post: SOLO Server Customer and License Password Security Enhancements

The full release notes can be found here.


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Dec
9
November 2014 Newsletter
Posted by Clay P on 09 December 2014 12:34 PM

Although the autumn season is in full swing, things are still heating up here at SoftwareKey, and not simply because we are located in sunny Florida! We are hard at work on improving our products while continuing to provide top-of-the-line support!

Protection PLUS 5 SDK Native Edition released!

Protection PLUS 5 SDK Native Edition is no longer in beta! Many customers have been using it in production with great success, and now the release is official with various improvements and updates to License Manager and the documentation. For our customers who have been considering upgrading to Protection PLUS 5 SDK from Protection PLUS 4 SDK (especially recommended for any new products), now would be a perfect time! Request a free trial here or contact us if you have any questions about upgrading. Our focus going forward will be on improving Protection PLUS 5 SDK and developing new editions, but we will continue to support all Protection PLUS 4 APIs in a maintenance mode for the foreseeable future.

Android and Java Editions of Protection PLUS 5 SDK preview are now available!

Protection PLUS 5 SDK Android Edition preview is now available, and support for Java SE applications is coming soon as well! If you are interested in licensing your Java SE and/or Android applications, contact us for more information today! Check out our recent blog post to learn more: Protection PLUS 5 Android Edition: The next-generation software licensing toolkit is coming soon for Android developers.

Protection PLUS vs. Instant PLUS Survey

Currently, customers who purchase a Protection PLUS license receive both Instant Protection PLUS 3 as well as Protection PLUS SDK as a bundle. We will soon be separating these into individual products and have a quick, 5-question survey for our existing customers to help us better understand your needs:

Complete the quick 5-question survey now!

True Confessions Time: Have You (Or Someone You Know) Ever.....

.....willingly installed any software components on more computers than are authorized by the end-user licensing agreement (EULA) or other terms of sale?

That was the simple yet blunt question we recently posed in an anonymous (and completely unscientific) poll of SoftwareKey customers and prospects. Interestingly, slightly more than half (53%) of the respondents fessed up to knowingly violating the terms and conditions of any given EULA.

Webinar Recording: Introduction to and Benefits of the SoftwareKey System

On November 18, 2014, we conducted a live webinar entitled Introduction to and Benefits of the SoftwareKey System.  If you happened to miss it, do not despair:  We recorded it in its entirety for all to enjoy at their individual conveniences.  So, we cordially invite you to kick back, grab the popcorn along with your favorite beverage, and enjoy the webinar by clicking on the link located at the conclusion of this post!

If you are new to the SoftwareKey System or want a fresh look at the latest components and benefits of our technology, you won’t want to miss a single minute of this free webinar! We will walk you through an overview of how our cornerstone components — Protection PLUS and SOLO Server — offer many benefits as a software license management solution, including:

  • Gaining new exposure for your software products
  • Increasing your revenues
  • Reducing your software support expenses
  • Maximizing your return on investment
  • Providing around-the-clock convenience to your customers

This webinar is intended for all audiences. Prospective customers will gain a better understanding of what the SoftwareKey System can offer and where to start. Current customers can learn about the benefits they may not yet be taking advantage of. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered in this webinar:

  • Why choose a licensing system?
  • The benefits of each SoftwareKey System component
  • Why the SoftwareKey System is the best choice for you

As an added bonus, an interactive Q&A session immediately follows the webinar, where customers and prospects alike are provided with an opportunity to go one-on-one with senior members of our architecture and development teams!

View the webinar entitled:  Introduction to and Benefits of the SoftwareKey System

New SoftwareKey Support Portal Launched

Five-star customer service has always been a top priority for our team of dedicated professionals! Evidence of this has been mounting for some time now, as demonstrated in our many customer testimonials and numerous success stories. For the past several months, during an unusually hot and humid summer — even by Florida standards — we have been incessantly sweating (and we mean that literally, thanks to a repeatedly malfunctioning air conditioning unit in our office!) and toiling to upgrade our online support portal.

Featured Blog Posts

Here are blog posts on recent SoftwareKey System releases since the last newsletter:

Other recent blog posts of interest:

Ask questions or share your feedback!

In the interest of better serving our customers, SoftwareKey welcomes questions or comments about our company and our products. Feel free to contact us if there is some way we can assist you.

Latest Versions of Instant Protection PLUS and Protection PLUS SDKs

The latest version of Instant Protection PLUS (also known as the Instant PLUS wizard) is 3.2.0.4. Read the Instant PLUS release notes for a list of changes and new features.

The latest version of the Protection PLUS 4 SDK is 4.6.0.8. Read the Protection PLUS 4 SDK release notes for a list of changes and new features.

The latest version of the Protection PLUS 5 SDKs (.NET Edition and Native Edition) is 5.14.3.0. Read the Protection PLUS 5 SDK release notes for a list of changes and new features.

New SOLO Server Features Available

The latest build of SOLO Server is 1.14.2.2. View the SOLO Server release notes for a list of changes and new features.


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Oct
16
SOLO Server 1.14.2.2 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 16 October 2014 06:01 PM

SOLO Server 1.14.2.2 was released on October 7th, 2014!

All Instant SOLO Server customers were upgraded at this time.

Any self-hosted SOLO Server customer who is interested in upgrading to this release should contact us.

More information regarding this release is awaiting your review in this related SoftwareKey Blog post. The full release notes can be found on our website.


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