QuickLicense 8.0 from Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) is an update of the tool for protection and licensing of Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software. The new release adds major enhancements for spreadsheet protection, application usage statistics, end-user interface enhancements and improved developer tools.

QuickLicense is used to define the type of license (Trial, Product, Try/Buy, Subscription or Floating), the licensing features (feature flags, pre-activation message, license release, restore, reset and suspend) and the activation process (manual, online, dongle or floating license server). A license can be applied to any kind of digital product (application, plugin, library, game or spreadsheet) using the AddLicense wrapping tool or programming API (application programming interface).

AddLicense allows a developer to add any configured license to a compiled Mac or Windows application with a few button clicks. No programming is required to assign the license, add a splash screen or embed resource files and folders directly into the protected application file. Applications created with Unity, MAX MSP, Adobe Air or any environment that normally exposes resource files can be delivered as a single application file.

AddLicense can protect an Excel spreadsheet by generating an EXE file for Windows or APP file for Mac OS X. The protected application handles the licensing process, presents a user interface to create, name and open documents into Microsoft Excel, but prevents use on unlicensed computers.  New AddLicense features include sort, find and organizational folders in the user interface.  AddLicense was enhanced to protect Mac Excel 2016 and Microsoft Access (ACCDE files).

AddLicense can now generate 32-bit or 64-bit applications on Mac or Windows and check the user computer for minimum OS or RAM requirements. A splash screen can be presented on application launch for a specified time period.  Applications that require several seconds to launch can begin running behind the splash screen. AddLicense can modify version and copyright text in the Get Info dialog for Mac applications.

Protected applications support many activation methods including a manual process with a computer unique activation code, activation through a web browser, instant online activation or USB dongle. Excel Software offers three online activation solutions including the Safe Activation Service. Desktop License Server or WebActivation are self-hosted activation servers that run on a developer website.

QuickLicense 8.0 adds HTML formatting to a pre-activation message that presents application information or a license agreement that must be confirmed to continue.  A licensed application can record status logs on Safe Activation to track how often an application runs or what licensing features are used.

QuickLicense supports companion products including runtime plugins for Xojo or FileMaker applications. The QLRT Xcode product consists a runtime library file that can be dropped into any Swift or Objective-C application. The Xcode program can send any API command with one function call. QuickLicense runtime files are available for the Linux or Android OS.

QuickLicense can be used with DocProtect to apply all license types and features to protected PDF, EPUB, SWF, Video or HTML files. Applications protected with the QuickLicense API or AddLicense wrapping tool can require a USB dongle.  Developers can generate their own dongles from empty USB drives using MakeDongle.

QuickLicense 8 is $595 for the standard edition or $995 for the pro edition on either Mac OS X or Windows. The package includes a PDF and printed User Guide, tutorials, online videos, programming code examples, the AddLicense wrapping tool and SendMessage testing tool. QuickLicense includes royalty-free runtime distribution rights for any number of protected products or licenses.