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Part  1

Do you sometimes eat a single grape before buying a bunch? Or do you just grab a whole bunch and hope for the best? Well, to be honest, I almost always taste one grape before buying them (and let’s skip the discussion over whether it’s OK to taste something without buying it or if I am excused as soon as I play by the rules and tell the sales clerk to add a little extra for what I have consumed :)).
What about testing cars? Do you test drive a car before you buy it to make sure the car is comfortable and suits your needs? And laptops? Do you thoroughly analyze a list of specs retailers rush to give you as soon as they see you’re laptop shopping? Do you verify if the specs they give you are in sync with reality?

And what about testing software?

Testing software before buying it should be made an essential part of your software buying experience. Why? Because software must be reliable and you must be able to trust it. Software must also be usable, flexible, and cost-effective. At X-Formation we can assure you that our software does just that—it helps you save time and work smarter. But assuring somebody of something and offering someone hands-on experience with something are two different things. At X-Formation we’ve always recognized the importance of offering “software test drives” for our Customers, and we put this knowledge into practice long ago by creating demo versions of our feature-rich software license management solutions: License Statistics, LM-X License Manager, and License Activation Center (LAC). Our demos contain all vital ingredients for good demos: they are easily accessible, intuitive to use, fully functional, and appeal to your unique licensing needs.

So do you want to see the magic?

As a would-be buyer of software products and services, you are probably keen to see the software you’re intending to buy in action. Well, we’re well aware that you should be able to test fully functional solutions: let’s start with the live demo of our license monitoring software, License Statistics, which gives you all the features License Statistics is packed with save for a few options available only for Administrator users (such as enabling email notifications for various events or setting user permissions, and so on). As for our software license manager, LM-X, you can avail yourself of a well-designed live demo that is easy to access and use. If you’re interested in automating license activation, the LAC demo is something you cannot miss if you’re keen to see how easily license creation and activation can be simplified.
The grape-picking season is only beginning. Buy some grapes, sit comfortably in your armchair, and check out our products and services. There is no need to fasten your seat belt, turn off your phone or worry about legroom.
Remember to join me for part 2 of  this article as I will give you details about our trial licenses and how software companies can use LM-X to deliver trials to their prospective customers.
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LM-X License Manager v4.7 is out now!

We’ve just released a new version of our feature-rich software license manager.
As of this release, you no longer need to use a separate mingw32 installer to compile the LM-X SDK using MinGW,  because it has been merged with regular Windows distribution that originally contained only Visual Studio libraries. However, if you want to use both MinGW and Visual Studio libraries, you should compile a single SDK twice: first using nmake to initialize Visual Studio libraries, and then with mingw32-make to initialize MinGW libraries, as described in Compile the LM-X SDK on Windows.
Furthermore, this release introduces new libraries for 64-bit MinGW platforms. Both 32-bit and 64-bit libraries were produced using updated versions of version 4.8.3 of gcc.
Be sure to see Release Notes for all details.
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License Statistics v4.13.2 now available for download

We’re proud to announce that License Statistics v4.13.2 has been successfully rolled out! We’ve launched this release as part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our Customers.
Beginning with this release, you can decide whether you want to enable Feature Versioning for the supported license servers. When you set Feature Versioning, features with different versions will be treated as separate.
Furthermore, this release introduces an improved layout of the Realtime Utilization report (see above) with Feature group column and better filtering capabilities. This report lets you see information about the feature utilization on monitored license servers or license server groups for a particular moment.
On top of that, as of this release we have:
  • Improved displaying the Verify output when adding a Realtime License Server for monitoring.
  • Enabled Realtime Denials to be turned on by default for the license server types that are supported..
  • Added a Feature Versioning toggle option to the Realtime License Servers tab.
  • Added fallback information about a missing Flash plug-in to older charts.
We have also eliminated a few problems for Dassault realtime parser including the one that was causing problems with unsupported token-based licenses.
Be sure to see detailed release notes.
This release is something you must see!
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Update: the refreshed look of License Activation Center End User Portal

We’ve been super busy in the last few weeks making the interface of License Activation Center (LAC) better to help you get where you want to go, faster. And today we’re excited to show you a glimpse of what we’ve been up to.

Responsive user interface

We have revamped the interface of the LAC End User Portal, and now it looks significantly different to what you have used so far. We hope that you will agree that it’s much more intuitive and can greatly increase your experience with LAC.
With the new, responsive design, web page layout adjusts itself to the size of the specific device fitting the available space (for example, a laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone).

More intuitive way of providing your HostID information

The new, improved End User Portal lets you type in the required HostID information in a more intuitive way, because you no longer have to but still can if you decide to keep using the old portal  follow certain rules when entering the data, i.e. TYPE1=value1, TYPE2=value2 format (for example, Username=JohnSmith, Hostname=HostC). Furthermore, we’ve made it possible for you to obtain your license directly using the URL by typing in the shared link in a web browser. You can access the LAC End User Portal for a given license order directly from the vendor side of LAC.
Please note that although the new End User Portal has already been released, it will replace the existing one on August 05, 2014. Until then, the End User Portal will remain fully accessible to everyone who is in the possession of a proper link or has access to the vendor side of License Activation Center.
We are continuously improving the service, and we’ll keep you posted about any changes we introduce. Thanks for being so patient!
To find out how LAC can improve your company’s licensing strategy or to discuss LAC pricing options please drop us a mail.
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License Statistics v4.13 is here!

We’re pleased to announce the release of License Statistics v4.13. We’ve launched this release as part of our continued commitment to software excellence for our Customers.
This major upgrade delivers a revolutionary new feature: Realtime Denials. Realtime Denials provide realtime information about the users that are currently unable to check out a license due to checkout requests exceeding the number of available licenses. Just to remind you all, so far, it’s been possible to prevent productivity loss in your business by reviewing the Denied Requests Log. From now on, however, you can see which users are denied access to applications in real time. You can enable tracking realtime denials data when adding or editing license servers.
On top of this improvement, this release contains 6 more enhancements and addresses several bugs, making License Statistics even more bug-free and user-friendly.
As of this release:
  • The warnings that indicate inconsistent feature versioning will be displayed for a given license server.
  • Overall organization of license servers has been improved by flattening the structure of server aliases.
  • Logging procedure is simplified and there are no more logging failures for users authenticated through LDAP option.
  • Default ports have been added for Secure Connection options in the Administration page.
  • The handling of update scripts has been enhanced by refactoring them.
In this release we also addressed a few bug fixes; for example, we’ve fixed an issue with the total expired licenses count for Dassault license server and eliminated problems with HASP import parser.
Be sure to read Release Notes for full details.
We’d love to know what you think of our products so drop us a line.
Haven’t used License Statistics yet? Try our online demo or download a free trial now!
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Public holiday notice

Dear Customers,
X-Formation wishes to advise that our office in Krakow, Poland, will be closed on Thursday, June 19th due to a public holiday. Our sales staff will be unavailable on this day, so responses to your queries may be delayed.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and greatly appreciate your patience.
Kind regards,
X-Formation Team
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X-Formation unveils a new careers website!

Our company continues to grow, so we are ceaselessly looking for new ways to better highlight our vibrant culture, great expertise, and why X-Formation is such a great place to work. Today we are happy to announce that our new careers website is live and ready for the whole world to view! It is bright, energetic and exciting, just like all of us here at X-Formation :-)
Visit wannagreatjob.com and learn more about X-Formation’s friendly team!
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License Statistics v4.12.3 is out now!

We’ve just rolled out a new version of License Statistics that brings a few enhancements as well as a few bug fixes detailed below.
The major change in this release is the removal of the option of downloading the SQL representation of the query used to generate a License Statistics report. This was done because SQL queries used by some clients for creating their own, customized queries have proved to be difficult to understand, and thus error-prone. Furthermore, as of this release:
  • Support for SSL/TLS secure connections is added for better integration with a mail server.
  • Displaying servers or features under the Email Subscriptions tab in the Preferences page when no such servers or features are being monitored is disabled.
  • Extended validation is added to the form under the Email tab in the Administration page to make error messages much more verbose for better understanding of the problem with the Verify action.
  • An invalid count of duplicated user/host pairs has been fixed for Dassault realtime parser.
  • Minor inconsistencies between data that is exported and later displayed on Denials grid and on Users Using Feature On More Than One Host grid have been fixed.
On top of these changes, we’ve addressed a few other fixes that enhance the stability,  performance and convenience of using License Statistics.  Be sure to read Release Notes, which always cover what’s new in our releases.
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Follow our Twitter alerts and receive important updates about X-Formation services

At X-Formation we’re fully aware that protection from unplanned events is critical for every business. This is why we’re starting to use Twitter alerts, an easy-to-use solution designed to help you get most important information related to outages and other unexpected events that can result in problems accessing License Activation Center (LAC).
This new system is dedicated to streamlining urgent communications and facilitating collaboration with our Customers, as well as those of you who would like to keep abreast of all the urgent information related to X-Formation services.
Reduce the cost of your company being down at the most critical moment to the minimum and sign up for Twitter alerts  now.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or doubts you may have.
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License Statistics v4.12.2 now available for download!

Today we’d like to announce the release of a new version of License Statistics. This version addresses a number of critical fixes, letting you experience increased performance and reliability of our software. Some of the issues fixed in this release include:
  • Fixing a failure with parsing “\” usernames for FlexNet realtime parser.
  • Fixing an issue with CreateMissingHosts changing auto_increment value when not needed.
  • Enabling applying proper CSS style when filtering by one of Feature columns in the Usage Per User report in the Reports page.
  • Fixing the Verify action under the Email tab in the Administration page to use the values from the database instead of the form.
  • Adding a missing Feature Type translator to the FeatureType column in the Usage Per User grid in the Reports page.
  • Enabling filtering for the “Permanent” value even when typing in only part of the word.
On top of some important fixes, this version also includes some minor improvements to first fields in forms in a few UI pages — be sure to read Release Notes for full details.
This release is something you must see!
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