License Server versus other licensing models

The callas License Server is a new way to license callas software products, but it does not replace any of the traditional licensing models.

Activation-based licensing

Traditionally, all callas software solutions use activation-based licensing. This means that the software needs to be installed on a machine (real or virtual), and must then be activated on that machine before it can be used. Activation binds the license bought with the machine the software is running on. This activation model requires:

  • A link between the license and the machine the software is running on.
  • A manual operation to activate the license on that machine (the activation process always runs partially through email).

It is worth mentioning that the callas License Server itself always uses this activation-based licensing for itself. To install and use a License Server, it must be activated.

License Server-based licensing

Starting in mid 2019, all callas software solutions also support License Server-based licensing. The specific software versions supporting the License Server model are:

  • pdfToolbox: version 10.2 and up
  • pdfaPilot: <not available yet>
  • pdfChip: <not available yet>

In this model, there is no requirement to activate software on the machine it is running. This allows machines to be brought online or used dynamically, without having to go through the (manual) activation process.