Excel Software (http://www.excelsoftware.com) has announced AppProtect 2.0 to protect Mac or Windows software. It’s designed to apply protection and a vendor controlled or fully automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming.

AppProtect wraps a Mac or Windows application with an activation process that requires a computer unique password or serial number on first launch. The software vendor can generate passwords with AppProtect.

Alternatively, the software works with an automated activation server. Excel Software provides vendor accounts for the Safe Activation service, or a vendor can self-host an activation server using WebActivation.

AppProtect can be used to protect a standard Mac OS X application (.app) or Windows executable (.exe).  A single user license is US$295 on either Mac or Windows and includes royalty-free distribution rights for any number of protected products or licenses. The tool includes a printed and PDF user guide with pop-up help screens.