AppProtect is a new product in Excel Software's extensive line of software and document protection and license management tools for Mac OS X and Windows computers. AppProtect can be used standalone or in conjunction with the Safe Activation or WebActivation web server for automated license activation.
A software vendor opens the AppProtect window, selects the desired options and clicks a button to generate a protected application. The vendor's application is wrapped with an activation process that presents a dialog to the customer on first launch. Once activated, the software will run on that computer without user interaction, but application files cannot be copied and used on any other computer.
The vendor can choose an activation process that either presents an Enter Password or Enter Serial Number dialog. The Enter Password dialog shows a computer specific password number and requires a unique password from the vendor. The dialog may optionally include a link to the vendor's web site presented by the default web browser on that computer. Alternatively, the Enter Serial Number dialog prompts the customer to enter a Serial Number provided by the vendor during the order process. The activation process is then fully automated through a silent connection with the Safe Activation service or self-hosted, WebActivation server.
What's new in this version:
In addition to manual or online software activation, AppProtect 4.0 can generate dongle enabled applications. Desktop applications can require that a USB dongle be present in the computer to run. Developers can create their own USB dongles with MakeDongle.