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Dec
21
Protection PLUS December 2015 releases
Posted by Zach C on 21 December 2015 02:22 PM

New releases of all Protection PLUS products are now available as of December 21st, 2015! This includes:

  • Protection PLUS 5 SDK version 5.15.4.0
  • Instant Protection PLUS 3 version 3.3.1.0
  • Protection PLUS 4 SDK version 4.7.1.0

Learn more of the exciting details about these releases in our related blog post: Protection PLUS December 2015 releases

We encourage you to download the latest version(s) and provide us with any feedback you may have! The changes in this release are outlined here:


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Nov
11
SOLO Server 1.15.2.3 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 11 November 2015 09:10 PM

SOLO Server 1.15.2.3 was released November 10th, 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, please view our blog post.

The full release notes can be found here.


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Oct
28
October 2015 Newsletter
Posted by Zach C on 28 October 2015 01:17 PM

Ask Woz Anything Webinar

Mike Wozniak

After over 20 years of developing the SoftwareKey System, our founder Mike Wozniak wanted to show his deep appreciation for our customers - new, existing, and potential. So Mike offered a free general Q&A on October 28, in which he invited you to ask him anything -- especially anything about licensing or use of the SoftwareKey System. 

The webinar was a great success, and we plan to do more in 2016!

Improved Security and Capabilities with Activation Password 

SecurityTeam SoftwareKey takes security very seriously. Over the last several builds of SOLO Server, we have phased in several security enhancements, including the introduction of the new license Activation Password. This has the added benefit of providing additional functionality since we haveeliminated the need for customers to use or share their account password for product activation (although this is still supported for backward compatibility). 

Blog posts: SOLO Server 1.15.2.1 Released with New Activation Password Feature

Protecting Your Software on Virtual Machines

Let's face it, virtualization software is in widespread use. When licensing your applications, you must consider the impact of virtualization software on your ability to control your licensed applications with your customers. In a recent blog post, we provided plenty of background on the topic, including definitions, challenges, potential solutions, and outlined how the SoftwareKey System can help you maintain control of your valuable applications.

Blog post: Protecting Your Software on Virtual Machines 

Success Story: SoftwareKey System Review After 9 Years in Use

3000ADMark Fonseca is the Director at 3000AD Systems, a Sydney, Australia based company with a suite of products which provide cost effective day-to-day solutions in business. In 2006 they started using the SoftwareKey System for their flagship product, PDF-eXPLODE (document delivery software). As someone who has benefited from a licensing system, Mark wanted to share his experience to help others embarking on a similar path. As with each of our customers, we welcomed his feedback and were delighted to hear of his satisfaction, and how well it has served the company and its customers.

Success Story:SoftwareKey System Review After 9 Years in Use

Software Development Times® Talks Licensing

Flexibility is one of our greatest strengths, so we were happy to note that in September, SD Times, an online software development media outlet recognized the flexible licensing tools offered by SoftwareKey. They emphasize that software licensing flexibility is key and we agree! SD Times said, "Today’s businesses run on software, but the ways they want to license it are changing. To keep pace with end users’ expectations and to stay competitive,software companies are embracing more types of licensing models, including perpetual, subscription, pay-per-use, hybrid and others. On-premise licenses are being supplemented with or replaced by SaaS alternatives, and more developers are selling apps via app stores.”

They offered some statistics: "Most new software companies are SaaS-based out of the gate. While a number of application vendors now offer on-premise and SaaS alternatives (or they’ve replaced their on-premise offerings with SaaS products), some have not moved at all. IDC estimates that 27.8% of the worldwide enterprise applications market will be SaaS-based by 2018, up from 16.6% in 2013. Meanwhile, metering (a.k.a. pay-per-use) is also expected to gain traction.” 

SoftwareKey has offered a metering solution for five years and SD Times sees a growing demand for it. They stated, "Next up is metering, because users are starting to realize that they’re underutilizing packaged and subscription offerings. That gives software companies yet another concept to consider: software as a utility.”

Quick Anonymous Poll Results

Here are the newsletter poll results for the question: Have you made it a priority to offer your software via a subscription licensing model in 2016?

28.6% - YES! Definitely a goal for 2016.
14.2% - MAYBE. Still considering this option.
28.6% - NO. Not a priority at this time.
28.6% - DONE. Already implemented.

LabVIEW Third Party Licensing Toolkit 15.0 Now Available!

LabVIEWFive years ago, National Instruments chose the SoftwareKey System to power the LabVIEW Third Party Licensing & Activation Toolkit used by LabVIEW developers to write libraries, add-ons, and applications for their widely popular scientific programming language. The SoftwareKey System also helps drive the Groundbreaking LabVIEW App Store. In August 2015, National Instruments released Version 15 of this toolkit. Read more about this toolkit.


Thanks to this relationship, we welcome an increasing number of new customers programming in LabVIEW!

 

Recent Blog Posts

The following posts have been published since the last SoftwareKey Newsletter:

Protection PLUS

SOLO Server

General Tips

Happy 17th Birthday SOLO Server!

Seventeen years ago, SOLO Server processed its first automated commerce transaction and has processed millions since then. Happy Birthday, SOLO Server!

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.


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Oct
14
SOLO Server 1.15.2.2 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 14 October 2015 02:14 PM

SOLO Server 1.15.2.2 was released October 2nd, 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, please view our blog post.

The full release notes can be found here.


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Aug
31
Protection PLUS 5 SDK version 5.15.3.0 released!
Posted by Tanner O on 31 August 2015 05:00 PM

Protection PLUS 5 SDK version 5.15.3.0 was released on August 31st, 2015!

Learn more details about this release in our related blog post: Protection PLUS 5 SDK version 5.15.3.0 released!

We encourage you to download the latest version and provide us with any feedback you may have. The changes applied to this release are outlined in the release notes.


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