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Jason Brown
Confused about licensing...
on Mar 28, 2011 at 5:30:06 pm

Hey Guys,

I've been running a trial, and now time to purchase. But I'm a bit confused after reading through website exactly what fits our needs from a product type and how licensing works.

We are a shop with 3-4 guys...everyone will need to access/deliver data to a catalog.

Do I need to license for each computer that will need to open a catalog?
Most of us have towers and laptops...does each machine need its own license?

Is the transition from professional to workgroup seamless? Or if we at some point want to use workgroup...should we start with that?

-Jason


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Rolf Howarth
Re: Confused about licensing...
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:36:26 pm

Hi Jason,

You normally need a license for each machine that's running CatDV, whether actively logging or just searching the database. However, if one person has two machines they're the main user of (for example, one laptop and one desktop, or one at work and one at home) and they only use CatDV on one or the other at a time then you're allowed to share a license between the two machines.

The upgrade from CatDV Pro standalone to the Workgroup Server is very seamless. It's the same desktop application, the only difference is whether you save catalogs to a local file or publish them to the server so they're available to everyone.

(The only slight inconvenience with buying one then upgrading a short time later is you might end up with separate license codes to manage, eg. a single user and a 4-user license. If you think you're quite likely to go for a server but aren't 100% sure you want to commit to that until you've tried it, just drop us a line requesting a fully functional temporary evaluation code while you try it out.)

-Rolf



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Jason Brown
Re: Confused about licensing...
on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:00:22 pm

Thanks Rolf, this is great info...I think the workgroup is far off, we won't have a dedicated employee to manage these databases...so I don't want to bite off more than we can chew (which I'm afraid we already have :)

I saw the licensing is discounted 30% on more than one copy. Is that with a one time purchase? Or can u get discount if u buy 5 licenses, then go back and buy 3 more later?


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Rolf Howarth
Re: Confused about licensing...
on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:33:08 am

No, I'm afraid that discount only applies to low-end items purchased at the same time via the online store, and it doesn't apply to server products. It's kind of analogous to a "family pack" that some companies sell, eg. a 3-user license for Microsoft Office Home Edition only costs slightly more than a single user copy.



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