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RLM Teams – Licensing Unleashed

Announcing a new Reprise Software product, RLM Teams.

Over the past year or two, we have talked with many software vendors who are interested in a lightweight licensing solution based on user identity, not based on locking to machines, doing away with traditional licenses and activation keys. Some of the same companies have asked for a more collaborative approach to licensing that would give more power to users to allocate licenses to their team members. So, we have developed a new product in response to these trends called RLM Teams.

RLM Teams is a easy-to-use user-based licensing portal for individuals and groups working together. Built on industry standards, RLM Teams complements the flagship Reprise License Manager product by providing you with an account-based entitlement fulfillment portal in the Cloud, giving your customers secure access 24x7x365, without requiring you to deliver licenses or activation keys.

Here’s how it works:

With RLM Teams, you provision a number of product entitlements to each customer who can then either fulfill them on their own computers, or transfer them to colleagues. When a user wants to fulfill a license, he logs into RLM Teams. Then, when he runs your application for the first time, a license is “soft-locked” (cached) to his computer for as long as you want. The license can be easily moved by the user later.

RLM Teams accounts are either “admin” users or “regular” users. Regular users can fulfill licenses for themselves, or transfer their license entitlements to someone else on the system. After transferring, they can later “reclaim” the entitlements for themselves. “Admin” users have the additional privilege of managing user accounts.

RLM Teams Features:
– Cloud-based 24×7 access
– Identity-based licensing, no permanent hardware locking
– Disconnected operation for increased speed and mobility
– No license keys or activation codes to deliver and manage
– No extra licensing components to install (just install your software)

RLM Teams Benefits:
– Always-on
– Simple “follow-the-user” soft-lock licensing
– Enable collaboration – users allocate licenses for group projects, including to outside contractors
– Once licensed, users may operate disconnected for as long as you want
– Works with standard RLM kit (14.2 or later) – once integrated, you can use RLM Teams, RLMCloud, on-premises license servers, or local node-locked licenses – without changing your code

How is RLM Teams different from Activation Pro?

With Activation Pro, you create activation keys which are later redeemed for a license. The license gets tied to the user’s physical machine and is stored there. The license is tied to the machine until it is revoked or expires. Your application must be programmed to allow the license to be revoked then reactivated elsewhere.

With RLM Teams, users have accounts on the RLM Teams portal. They log in to fulfill their licenses. As the vendor, you get to decide how long the resulting license can be used before it must be refreshed. If a user wants to move his license to a different machine, he logs into RLM Teams from the new machine, deletes the prior fulfillment, and fulfills it again.

Please contact Reprise Software for more information.

Reprise License Manager Wins 2021 Leader Award in Software

Reprise Software is honored to be recognized as a best-in-class category leader by SourceForge

[March 4, 2021]– Reprise Software, a leader in software licensing solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a Winter 2021 Leader Award by SourceForge, the world’s largest software review and comparison website. This award recognized companies and products with outstanding user reviews that are in the top five percentile of highly reviewed products on SourceForge. 

“We’re excited to announce the outstanding SourceForge Winter 2021 Leaders,” said SourceForge President, Logan Abbott. “It’s my pleasure to recognize the Reprise License Manager as a Category Leader. Reprise License Manager from Reprise Software led the pack in the License Management category. Not only did RLM score extremely highly in overall ratings, users also overwhelmingly rated RLM as having outstanding features, design, and support. Congratulations to RLM for being best-in-class in the License Management category.”

To win the Winter 2021 Leader award, each winner had to receive enough high-rated user reviews to place the winning product in the top 5% of favorably reviewed products on SourceForge, which demonstrates the utmost quality that [Company name] delivers to customers.

“At Reprise Software, we’re excited to accept the SourceForge Winter 2021 Leader Award,” said Reprise Software CEO, Matt Christiano. “We do our best to provide a best-in-class product, and we’re happy to see our users rewarding us with good reviews. We’re honored to be valued at such a high level by our customers and to be recognized by SourceForge.”

About Reprise Software

Reprise Software is a privately held company based in San Jose, CA. We are a premium provider of license management software with an extensive and growing set of customers in 35 countries. Our flagship product, RLM, protects the revenue streams of hundreds of ISVs and yields the maximum use of licensed software for millions of end users. We continually enhance RLM along our fundamental principles of flexibility, simplicity, power and value.

Our experience with license management makes Reprise Software the most trusted name in the industry. We created the most widely-deployed license manager, FLEXlm, at GLOBEtrotter Software.

At Reprise, we do business in the ways that made us so successful at GLOBEtrotter Software. We provide an exceptional product, we improve it continually, and we support our customers beyond expectation.

Reprise was founded in 2006 and is debt-free, growing, and profitable.

 

About SourceForge

 

SourceForge.net is the world’s largest software comparison directory, serving over 30 million users every month and featuring user reviews, product comparisons, software guides, and more. SourceForge’s mission is to help businesses find the best software to fit their needs and their budget. There are a variety of software tools available to businesses, and there are tools in almost every category and niche, each serving a slightly different purpose.

 

“Virtual Dongles” for the Cloud

Use “Virtual Dongles” for Software Products Deployed in the Cloud

Do you want your customers to be able to use your software in the Cloud? But, you worry that since machine cloning is so easy that your software might be subject to unauthorized overuse? Control your software deployment with “Virtual Dongles for the Cloud”.

Consider using RLM Personal Edition or RLMCloud to easily serve your Cloud licenses.

To enable a customer, simply add his or her username or device ID to your customer list. Since RLM Personal and RLMCloud licenses are floating licenses, users can access your product from any development platform that you support, but use only one licensed copy at a time.


Think of it as a “virtual dongle” that’s cheaper than USB dongles, never gets lost or stolen, never breaks, and doesn’t require shipping. And best of all, it works in the Cloud.

Use the simple RLM Personal Edition API or RLMCloud to checkout the license assigned to the customer’s username or device ID when your software starts.

License checks happen over standard browser protocols.

You can store customer-specific options in each license… specify things like service levels, features, or expiration dates. The RLM Personal and RLMCloud APIs let you retrieve this optional information from within your program.

If you sell subscriptions, no problem, simply remove the user from the list if they cancel.

These licenses can be used for evaluations and paid licenses.

Please contact Reprise Software to start your RLM Personal Edition or RLMCloud Trial today. See https://reprisesoftware.com/products/rlm-personal-edition.php

evil hacker in a hoodie in front of computer code

Telemarketers, Spammers, and Out-of-Control bots

What do all these have in common?

  • They are all annoying,
  • everyone hates them (with the possible exception of their spouses and mothers),
  • all are (to some extent) illegal, and
  • for them to be successful, they must be bad for (your) business.

What does this have to do with license management?   Nothing at all.  But this kind of behavior is an annoyance for everyone.  This week we spent an unreasonable amount of time identifying and stopping a bad bot that was generating roughly 50% of our website traffic.

When we finally found them they told us “you can block our traffic in your robots.txt file”.  Really?  (We had already blocked them).  Should the onus be on us to find them then block them, when we never asked to have them come and abuse our site?  And because their software developers don’t test their code before they unleash it on the internet at large?

They are in business to make your business worse.

When we found them, they told us this:  “(product name) is a digital marketing software that allows its users to view various information about their competitors from an SEO and SEM standpoint.”   Well, that makes me feel so much better about their bad software flooding my server with bogus requests.

In our case, their bad requests each generated a 404-not found error, which they repeated minute after minute, day after day.  And there is 0 advantage to us, in fact, their business allows our competitors to take advantage of us. Their business makes our business worse.  And they will do the same to you.  Also, their business slows down our website. And in our case, it was about to force us to upgrade our web hosting plan.  I would call that, at a minimum, unethical.  We won’t mention the company name, but they are a well-known company in the SEM business and given the state of their software, they are in a hurry to release new versions.

So their business is, at some level, putting a burden on each and every website owner (unknown to them) so that they can generate a profit. They should be compensating every website they invade, or at a minimum, requesting permission before they perform this kind of attack on a site.

Leave us a comment, and we will be happy to show you how to block them.  They have no business messing with your site.  It’s time to stop this kind of abuse.