NextGen can work with three different types of licenses, two hardware licenses and one software. The NextGen installation package remains the same for all license types: during the installation process it is possible to choose the type of license possessed, so as to allow the software to recognize it when started.
Software licenses are provided for demo versions of NextGen (also known as trial) and when renting the software, while hardware licenses are provided after purchase.
It is the most common type of license: it is supplied on a USB "dongle" (a stick that connects to the computer's USB port) and allows the use of NextGen only on the computer to which it is connected.
This type of license is suitable for larger offices, where several people can use NextGen at the same time or even at different times. The key must be connected to a computer that is "visible" (in terms of network visibility) from all the workstations that need to access NextGen. The key contains a variable number (from 1 to 10) of licenses, which depends on the number of licenses that have been purchased: as the workstation start up NextGen, the number of available licenses is decreased. When NextGen is closed, the number of available licenses is increased.
As an example, let's assume a network license for 3 workstations, which allows simultaneous use by 3 users, installed in an office where there are 10 computers with NextGen installed. Once NextGen has been started on 3 computers, the 4th user who will start NextGen will receive a message indicating that the licenses are all occupied: in order to use the program, he will have to wait for one of the other workstations to terminate his session.
This type of license is provided with the demo (also called trial) version of NextGen or in the case of a rental. We adopt this type of license because it does not require the shipment of a physical object and can therefore be provided in a short time to those interested in trying the program for free for a limited period of time.
Key management is the responsibility of the key drivers. No additional applications are required.
Yes, a server is generally recommended as it remains switched on and available to all clients/workstations, but there is no constraint on the operating system: a normal Windows computer is sufficient. The licenses will be enabled as long as this is turned on.
Cloud-type licenses (ie distributed from a remote server managed by Sant'Ambrogio) are not available. The NextGen license is perpetual: this means that anyone who purchases NextGen will be able to use the program for an unlimited time, up to the latest version for which they have paid for an assistance contract. That being said, in the event of non-renewal of assistance, it is the user's responsibility to keep the key and the software in good working order.
The hardware key remains the property of the licensee. A "cloud" license, on the other hand, would link the activation of the program to a server owned by Sant'Ambrogio.
As mentioned above, you can connect it to a regular client computer.
This article describes how to configure it.
The key configuration panel is available, on machines where the key driver has been installed, at the address http://localhost:1947/. From this address it is possible to change the various options, including the search order or routing to a specific network key.