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IES software, like most, is licensed to you for your use. We have a very "no nonsense" licensing policy designed for easy setup and minimal effort on your part. To that end, IES does not employ hardware locks (dongles).
Single-user licenses are much simpler and more flexible for a small group of people (e.g. fewer than 8). Network licenses are more affordable if you have many users, where only a few need access to the products at any given time. Network licenses require more installation effort typically "IT" support to get things setup properly.
With single-user licenses your 'company' owns the licenses that are assigned to employees, and these licenses may be transferred as employees change.
By far the most popular license type at IES is the single-user license. We recognize that your company owns the license, however, we link it to the name of the person who uses it and will access our technical support services. Additinal-user licenses are greatly discounted for people working in your same physical office.
We issue a software key that brands the software for a single person to use on up to 3 different machines (e.g. work, home, travel). The key contains the company name and the employee's name.
The software is 'activated' on each machine you use, either automatically via the Internet, or manually (by email or phone if the Internet is not accessible to the machine).
A maintenance plan is optional with single-user licensing.
For larger firms where multiple people need access to IES tools we offer a "floating" license that restricts how many people may use the product at any given time. The cost of this license is higher but allows many people to access to the IES tools. A maintenance plan is required for network licensing.
Licenses are accessed through a LAN, WAN or VPN system and users must be connected to the server while using the IES tool. The license server is an extremely lightweight "service" that uses basic TCP/IP (port number of your choosing) and runs on any Windows machine. The license key is software-locked to a single machine name or IP address that is provided to IES at the time of purchase.
We do not offer any 'check out' service for using a network license 'offline', but we can sell you a low-cost temporary single-user license for this purpose. The network server does not interfere with any other licensing mechanisms or products you may have installed. IES tools are still installed on each machine where you wish to use the product, only the license itselfis served from a server machine.
If you download and run IES products without a license, they are automatically running as a free-trial license that is time-restricted. You must register it via the Internet or manually by email (just once per machine) and then access all the features of the product. Free trials last about 30 days from the time the software is installed. If the trial period expires it cannot be reset, but you may purchase the product under our 30-day money-back policy, or try it on a different machine.
When you upgrade from one version to another you are not adding new licenses or additional users. You are not granted the right to sell or transfer your previous license. The upgrade license is for the same person (or network-seat) with access to the newer version of the product.
As a courtesy to customers we may grant temporary access to the previous-version product so that you can make the transition on your own schedule without worrying about current projects that may be under deadline.
IES has an educational outreach program, with educational and student licenses available, primarily for VisualAnalysis. Please see the Academic menu at the top of this page for information about this program.
It is easy and generally free to transfer a single-user license from one person to another within your company, if you have employee turnover. Just contact IES sales with the details of the former and new licensee with name and email addresses. You may transfer licenses within your company once per year at no cost. This service is only available for current IES products: retired or legacy products are not supported for transfers.
Network concurrent licenses may move to a new license server machine, but there is a cost associated with this, use the online order form to change your network license server.