In addition to direct sales of software licenses, a different classical scenario is available: an application without the dongle runs in demo mode. As soon as the dongle is plugged in, full application functionality is unlocked. Yet there are applications that are difficult or sometimes impossible to evaluate based on the trial version with limited functionality. The software leasing mechanism can be used in cases like this.
Under the leasing scenario, the demo version runs just like a full version, but it is protected by a dongle in which various restrictions are programmed. For example, the application can be launched a certain number of times or remains functional for a specific number of days. The number of calls to the primary functions can also be limited.
This approach offers additional application sales scenarios. Already at the evaluation stage, the customer can try out all application features, whereas the dongle with its battery and timer ensures strict compliance with trial period limitations. After purchasing a license, it is enough to update the license terms in the dongle in order to unlock the fully-functional version. Demo versions with a usage time limit can be protected most effectively using dongle models with RTC. A Guardant Sign dongle is suitable for other scenarios.
Guardant dongles enable convenient distribution scenarios:
- A single distribution kit for different versions of a protected application.
- Use of dongles with RTC to protect against trial period fraud.
- Full functionality reliably protected with a dongle throughout the trial period.
- Any period during which the application can remain functional: a week, a month, a year, etc.
- An extensive arsenal of protection technologies and a robust developer's toolkit.
- Remote updates of software and licenses.