We sell products with an upfront fee that gives you access to that product-version indefinitely. Then you optionally pay annual maintenance for upgrades and licensing services.
We do not use hardware locks (dongles), but licenses require a periodic connection to the Internet.
Engineers use the software through an implicit license agreement. By purchasing the software you are agreeing to the license policy. Our service includes bug fixes and technical support in addition to business services.
Licenses may be activated or transferred as employees or hardware changes, as long as the license is active. You keep the license active by paying the annual maintenance.
After a license expires you can, for a limited time upgrade for extra cost.
Single-user licenses are much simpler and more flexible for a small group of people (e.g. fewer than 5). Network licenses are more affordable if you have many users, where only a few need access to the products at any given time.
The most popular license is a single-user license, which is assigned (by you) to a specific employee. You are in control of whose name is on the license. The license is for one person on up to 2 different machines (e.g. work & laptop).
The software is 'activated' on each machine you use via the Internet. You must deactivate to move the license to a new or different machine. (If machines crash or are 'lost', we can deal with it.) See single-user license help for more details.
Save 30% on single-user licenses for two or more licenses of a single-product are purchased at the same time. This discount is included in the shopping cart automatically.
For flexibility, we offer a floating license that allows multiple people access. You decide how many people need access at any one time and purchase that many license-seats. You can add or remove seats in the future.
Licenses are accessed through a LAN, WAN or VPN system and users must be connected to a network share-folder that holds the license files. The system does not require running any special "server" software. You can deactivate the license and move it to a different share folder to re-activate it. See network license help for more details.
Currently available for VisualAnalysis only, these are lower initial-cost licenses with a hard expiration date. If the subscription expires, the software stops working entirely. Traditional single-user or network licenses allow perpetual use of the latest product-version even if you cancel maintenance. Either single-user or network-seat subscriptions are available.
Subscriptions are good option if your needs are temporary or initial price is the most important factor for getting started. After about 5 years, the traditional license will save you money over a subscription. A subscription is also limited to a single machine activation, compared with 2 for the single-user license.
If you download and run IES products without a license, they are automatically running as a free-trial license that is time-restricted. You register via the Internet. Free trials are fully functional during the trial period, and saved projects will open in the licensed version if you purchase.
Once the trial expires, it cannot be reset or extended, but you purchase under our 30-day money-back policy.
IES has an educational outreach program for VisualAnalysis.