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Network Licensing


  • Traditionally software licensing was rather simple: One license = One machine.
  • Network Licenses for FineReader Engine Windows are available since 2005 and for Linux since March 2013
  • Network Licenses offer clear advantages
    • Developers use virtual machines for development and testing
    • “Servers” are also more and more virtual machines, they run on a robust hardware infrastructure where a lot of virtual servers are executed.
    • ABBYY's Network licensing allows flexible use and easy scalability
  • The licensing scheme and the pricing has to be adjusted over the years and different SDK versions, since FineReader Engine 10, Network Licenses are straight forward:
    • the licensed page volume can be distributed in the LAN (= no machine & CPU core limit)
    • the number of licensed CPU cores can then be shared in the network (= no page count)


  • Technically the license is Rolled out via a Network License Manager (NLM)
    • Currently the NLM with a GUI is only available for Windows,
      The Linux Engine supports network licensing since the availability of Version 10 (without GUI)
    • Windows Screenshots

  • ABBYY tested/designed the Network License Manager only for the usage in LANs.
    • If multiple networks with a high latency (time that IP packets need to reach their destination) are connected, this might limit the number of stations that can be connected to one license service.
  • VPN connections should work from a pure technical point of view, but ABBYY did not make any test on networks with high latency or small bandwidth!
  • If multiple remote sites should be connected:
    • “Classic” standalone licensing is still available (one time activation, then no network connection is required)
    • For lager installations special corporate licensing is an option
    • OEM Licensing also could be an alternative – please contact ABBYY.
  • Technical details and installation/set-up information can be found in the License Manager documentation

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