Licensing

Licensing Options for Manifold ® Products

Products are Licensed, Not Sold

All Manifold® software is licensed, not sold, using a standard End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). Please read the Agreement carefully to be sure you agree before ordering software. If you do not understand the Agreement ask a competent attorney to advise you. Do not license Manifold products if you do not understand the Agreement.

By downloading and utilizing Manifold products you also agree to the Other Licenses required to use accessory components delivered for your use in conjunction with Manifold products. The Other Licenses page provides a list of such licenses, which are typical open source and similar licenses.

In addition, by acquiring Manifold products through the Online Store or by any other means you agree to the additional terms and conditions and procedures of sale. The terms and conditions include important provisions and helpful information. Please read them carefully to be sure you agree with them. Do not acquire Manifold products if you do not agree.

Important: Manifold products are offered for licensing and use only in jurisdictions where Manifold products are legal, where these terms and conditions may be enforced and where the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement apply. If you have the misfortune of being subject to a jurisdiction where GIS is illegal, which does not respect intellectual property rights or which does not adhere to civilized "English System" jurisprudence, you may not be licensed to possess or to utilize Manifold products. See the EULA for details.

Desktop License

Manifold is licensed as a desktop application, authorized using a serial number that authorizes each license on a single computer system. This is similar to how Microsoft Word and other such applications are typically licensed.

For a precise statement of licensing terms and conditions, please carefully read the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), which regulates the license agreement granted users. The following points provide informal guidance to guide users, but do not in any way replace the legal meaning and controlling impact of the EULA.

    • One machine, one license - Each machine that runs Manifold software or any part of Manifold software requires its own, unique Manifold software license. This is similar to how most consumer licenses for Microsoft Office operate. For example, if you want to run Microsoft Word on three machines you must have three licenses for Microsoft Word, one for each machine. Different users can use Manifold on the same machine, but not simultaneously.
    • No Annual Fee - Licenses are fully paid licenses and are not annual rentals. Once a license has been installed and activated it will continue running forever until a major system change to the machine (major hardware change) or major system software change (new Windows edition installed, roll-back to before installation, etc.) requires use of a new Activation key. A license is a license for five Activation keys.
    • No Maintenance Fees - No maintenance fee is required. Updates within the same Manifold software release level are free, provided users can download and install those updates without assistance from Manifold.
    • Licenses do not include technical support - Manifold software licenses do not provide free technical support. Technical support products are available for a modest fee.
    • Copy protection - Manifold software is copy protected using a serial number and Activation key system. A license to use Manifold software enables usage only within the copy protection system. Any attempt to circumvent the copy protection system terminates the license. Keep your serial number and Activation keys confidential to assure that your license rights are not terminated due to disclosure by someone else.
    • Licenses can be moved, within reason - A Manifold software license is a license to use the serial number issued for that license to install and activate Manifold software on a single machine. Licenses can be moved to a different machine, typically up to five times per year, with the ability to move a license automatically "growing back". See the discussion in the About Activation page.
    • Fail safe uses not authorized - Manifold software is not licensed for any uses in which the failure of the personal computer software technology employed will risk life, health, property or the environment in case of failure.
    • Proof of licensing - Possession of a serial number is proof of licensing status. There is no need to update a license record.
    • Questions and Answers - See the Installation / Activation FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

    Manifold Release 8 IMS Usage

    When Manifold Release 8 GIS is installed on a web server, Manifold Release 8 GIS capabilities can be invoked from a web application to GIS-enable that web application. Please see the Internet Map Server page for details on IMS. In addition to the above comments, the following highlights apply:

    • One license per web server - To run Manifold Release 8 IMS you only need a single Manifold Release 8 GIS license per web server machine, no matter how many processors are employed by that web server and no matter how many web applications are resident on that web server machine.
    • Unlimited hits and client connections - Only a single Manifold Release 8 GIS license is required per web server machine no matter how many pages or client connections are served.
    • No client licenses required - By default, web applications created using Manifold Release 8 IMS do not require any Manifold Release 8 software on client machines: all you need is a free web browser like IE or Firefox. Therefore, no Manifold Release 8 GIS license per client is required. Note: some applications architects may choose to create applications which utilize Manifold Release 8 GIS software on client machines. In that case a Manifold Release 8 GIS license will be required on the client machine.

    Licensing for Applications Developers

    Every Manifold software license is a development environment. There is no need to buy some separate "objects library" because each Manifold software license exposes the Manifold API. See the Advice for Applications Developers section in the What to Buy page.

    Academic Licenses For Manifold Release 8

    Under selected circumstances, Manifold will consider making Academic License grants to qualified institutions. For information on this donation program, please visit the Academic Licensing page.


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