If the PROMTIC application, by its size (number of variables), exceeds the limitations for PROMOTIC freeware:
then it is necessary to purchase the corresponding PROMOTIC licence in order to continue developing or running the application.
All licence components including the prices are published in the PROMOTIC system pricelist
. The PROMOTIC system licences can be ordered on various carriers.
PROMOTIC licence carrier types:
swkey - Software licence key (.swk) bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system
Software licence key (.swk) bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system
contains the software licence. This licence file is non-transferable and bound to specific WINDOWS operating system components of the target computer. This carrier can be used in situations where standard hardware key cannot be used - for example when using virtual computers with no access to USB ports see PROMOTIC system and virtual computers
The PROMOTIC application can access this type of licence carrier only via the local PmLicServer licence server.
This PROMOTIC licence carrier type is bound with the WINDOWS operating system of the target computer and cannot be simply relocated from one operating system to another. The change of binding of the licence to the WINDOWS operating system can be done only once every 2 years. In order to change such binding, new carrier (.swk file) must be generated and purchased.
The original content of the licences will be transferred to this new carrier (.swk file).
netkey - Network licence keyNetwork licence key
contains network licences and is provided via the licence sever PmLicServer
. This licence file is bound to a specific PmLicServer licence server
. This carrier type is used in situations, where the standard HW Key cannot be used. The PmLicServer
service can be running on any computer that is accessible (for other computers) in the network and has one free USB port. This USB port is necessary for connecting a hardware key (that contains no licences) that is used for licencing the licence server. One licence server can provide multiple PROMOTIC licences via the network.
The PROMOTIC application can access this type of licence carrier only via the network PmLicServer licence server.
Setting of the licence carrier in the application:
The licence carrier setting for the application is done in the application INI file see Description of keys in the [Licence] section. For easier access to the configuration use the "PROMOTIC settings" configuration window, see Settings of the list of PROMOTIC licence carriers.
PmLicServer licence server setting:
The PmLicServer licence server is configured in the configuration file PmLicServer.ini and can be operated in two modes:
1) Local mode for accessing the carriers(s): hwkey and swkey
2) Network mode for accessing the carrier(s): netkey
The PROMOTIC application periodically checks whether the licence carrier is available. This is valid for all licence carrier types and all access methods. If the connection of the application with the licence is interrupted then a countdown starts. During this countdown, the application is still running, but indicates licence connection loss, see Behavior of the PROMOTIC application when the connection with the licence server is lost.