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beyond:lic [2021/05/06 17:01]
Bob Varkevisser [BEYOND Registration Status Bar]
beyond:lic [2021/06/07 12:45]
Bob Varkevisser [BEYOND Registration and License Manager: Status Tab]
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 **Activation** - let’s use this word for "just purchased a license". Pangolin provides a "license code", which is binding to the new license. The user enters this "license code", click the button, and starts to use their own the license. In other words, Pangolin sells the "license code", the client enters it into the software, and it allows them to use their associated license.  **Activation** - let’s use this word for "just purchased a license". Pangolin provides a "license code", which is binding to the new license. The user enters this "license code", click the button, and starts to use their own the license. In other words, Pangolin sells the "license code", the client enters it into the software, and it allows them to use their associated license. 
  
-===== BEYOND and QuickShow 5 Registration Concept =====+===== BEYOND Registration Concept =====
  
-==== BEYOND/QuickShow 5 Registration ====+==== BEYOND Registration ====
  
-The QuickShow/BEYOND registration system was added in version 5.0. It is a “check in” for the control hardware to ensure that the hardware is genuine. This also allows for pangolin to help customers keep track of their hardware, and hopefully recover lost or stolen hardware. This process is done over the internet or done over email. If your show computer is connected to the internet, this is done automatically, and you will not even notice it happening. If you wish to keep your show computer offline, you will need to use email on a separate computer to complete registration manually. Registration is based on hardware and computer, so registration will only need to be done once for any specific setup, or hardware-pc combination. +The BEYOND registration system was added in version 5.0. It is a “check in” for the control hardware to ensure that the hardware is genuine. This also allows for pangolin to help customers keep track of their hardware, and hopefully recover lost or stolen hardware. This process is done over the internet or done over email. If your show computer is connected to the internet, this is done automatically, and you will not even notice it happening. If you wish to keep your show computer offline, you will need to use email on a separate computer to complete registration manually. Registration is based on hardware and computer, so registration will only need to be done once for any specific setup, or hardware-pc combination. 
  
 ==== What do we register? ==== ==== What do we register? ====
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   - Pangolin hardware   - Pangolin hardware
   - Pangolin License files (detected automatically)   - Pangolin License files (detected automatically)
-The Registration file sent to the Client PC is for the exact computer and cannot be used on another PC.  Registration files also have auto increment numbers; the use of an old registration files is not possible. Only the most recent registration file can be used by the PC. Registration files are automatically saved by BEYOND/QuickShow into C:\Pangolin folder where the file is managed automatically.+The Registration file sent to the Client PC is for the exact computer and cannot be used on another PC.  Registration files also have auto increment numbers; the use of an old registration files is not possible. Only the most recent registration file can be used by the PC. Registration files are automatically saved by BEYOND into C:\Pangolin folder where the file is managed automatically.
  
 ==== 4 in 1 ==== ==== 4 in 1 ====
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 ===== Startup Sequence and Demo Mode ===== ===== Startup Sequence and Demo Mode =====
  
-**QuickShow start up**+**BEYOND start up**
  
-The logic of start changed to more simple and easy manner. QuickShow (and BEYONDwill start independently from presence of license file or Pangolin controllers. Application start and then connect hardware, check presence of license file locally. If required, application will perform registration automatically in background, deliver and install license files. The end goal – to be automated as much as possible.+The logic of start changed to more simple and easy manner. BEYOND will start independently from presence of license file or Pangolin controllers. Application start and then connect hardware, check presence of license file locally. If required, application will perform registration automatically in background, deliver and install license files. The end goal – to be automated as much as possible.
  
-For QuickShow we require connected FB3 or FB4 hardware (for BEYOND – connected hardware and related license file). If condition is not met, then software disable Output and Saving. Basically, it Is in demo version. Software is active, wait for hardware connection to run. It will allow output as soon as hardware connection and registration is passed. +For BEYOND we require connected FB3 or FB4 hardware (for BEYOND – connected hardware and related license file). If condition is not met, then software disable Output and Saving. Basically, it Is in demo version. Software is active, wait for hardware connection to run. It will allow output as soon as hardware connection and registration is passed. 
  
 **Required action** – connect your Pangolin controller, connect to PC to internet, open «Registration and License Manager» by click on «Registration» menu, and in Registration tab select «Register online» from the list in «I want to» field. Click on «Register online now» button. System will pass registration and install license files automatically. After that you can disconnect PC from internet and keep PC offline as you want. Registration will be required only if something changed. Pangolin does not require you to stay online and do not force checks. Updates not required too. Registration will be required for new parts (new hardware, license or software version). **Required action** – connect your Pangolin controller, connect to PC to internet, open «Registration and License Manager» by click on «Registration» menu, and in Registration tab select «Register online» from the list in «I want to» field. Click on «Register online now» button. System will pass registration and install license files automatically. After that you can disconnect PC from internet and keep PC offline as you want. Registration will be required only if something changed. Pangolin does not require you to stay online and do not force checks. Updates not required too. Registration will be required for new parts (new hardware, license or software version).
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 ===== BEYOND Registration and License Manager: Status Tab ===== ===== BEYOND Registration and License Manager: Status Tab =====
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 +The BEYOND Registration and License Manger is a window accessible from the top bar of beyond under "registration", this window has 3 tabs. the Status tab gives an overview of all registration and license statuses. the Registration tab has all tools to complete registration manually (over internet or email). The license tab has all license related options, from redeeming codes to managing internet licenses. Bottom panel shows the current status of any actions happening. 
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 +==== Status Tab ====
 +
 +The first tab is the status tab, it gives a quick overview of all parts involved in registration and licensing. Any item in the list marked with a green check mark means there is no problems with that item.
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 +You can select any of the line items and click "Details…" to learn more about an item, especially if it is not marked with a green check. 
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 +Bottom panel indicates any requests to the server, normally this says "okay" if there is no connection, you may see a "refresh" button, to have BEYOND Initiate communication to the server. "Retry In" and a number is the seconds until the next time the server attempts to contact the registration and license servers.
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 +==== Section overview ====
 +
 +**BEYOND** – section indicates the state of the two main permissions – output and saving. Such permissions result of license control. More details in following chapter. If these have a yellow "pause" icon, this means that BEYOND is operating in "Demo Mode" and wont allow saving or output to hardware. 
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 +**Licenses** – list of all licenses found on the PC, this could be Hardware license files, PCID licenses, or Internet licenses currently in use on this PC. 
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 +**Computer** – indicate state of computer registration, Application EXE file, and PC clock.
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 +**Registration** – presence of registration file, and if registration is valid. 
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 +**External license files** – list of discovered license files. License file has license information which appear in License section if file valid and confirmed by registration.
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 +**Hardware** – list of connected Pangolin hardware and its registration state.
 +
 +==== BEYOND Permissions ====
 +
 +Let us say you have a hardware-bound license. As example an FB3. You connect FB3 to BEYOND and can use all the features. Now you disconnect FB3 and what should happen? It might be not intentional disconnect. For such cases software give 40 minutes. It should be enough to connect FB3 back. If FB3 will not be connected back, then software will stop output to hardware. Software requires hardware with license to be connected to confirm your right to use the software. So, when licensed FB3 connect then software has permission to output. If no, then **output** will be suspended. Permission appears after connection of licensed hardware to software. You disconnect licensed hardware and permission will be removed.
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 +Similar story happens with permission to **save**. We call it “Airplane mode.” Software gives you permission to edit BEYOND files within 2 weeks after last connect licensed hardware. This is handy because you can leave equipment but still have ability to work on your show in airplane or in hotel room.
 +So, permission is simple thing. If permission on pause, then software want you connect hardware with a license, or start internet license. As soon as license confirmed – permission granted. If permission disabled, then you will see corresponding message when you try to save the file or click button “Enable Laser Output”. 
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 +When permission not granted then BEYOND show “pause” icon. When permission granted – green check mark.
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 +Such set of icons appear when licensed hardware disconnected, and software in “airplane mode”.
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 +When permission granted then all icons are green: 
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 +==== Hardware section ====
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 +Hardware checks (in registration) are to decrease piracy and protect clients against theft of hardware. Registration is online check of the hardware information on a server. As a result, our data center return information back to BEYOND about connected hardware. If hardware recognized as non-genuine product or is our list of stolen gear, then it will not pass registration process. Software will not output to such hardware.  
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 +Registration will need to be completed within 7 days of the 1st connection of this hardware to the specific PC. This gives a "grace period" for one off shows where rental of hardware is expected. Registration must be completed, within the "grace period" as after it ends, output will be suspended to that hardware. Registration is not related to ownership, licensing, etc. This is just a check of the hardware’s legitimacy and doesn’t "bind" hardware to a PC.
 +
 +==== Hardware section use several icons ====
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 +  * Gray circle - hardware disconnected now. 
 +  * Green checkmark – hardware passed registration successfully. 
 +  * Orange warning sign – hardware is no registered yet. Software also shows how much remains to do registration. 
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 +If the hardware problem detected, then it will be indicated by “red x” icon. 
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 +==== External license files ====
 +
 +BEYOND uses a new format of license files. Majority of license's are already in our datacenters. As soon as you connect Pangolin hardware which has a license bound to it, then new file will be downloaded and installed automatically over internet. Basically – connect your Pangolin hardware, connect PC to internet and BEYOND will download and install license for you, automatically. The migration from old style license to the new license is automatic with this process. 
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 +License files stored in folder C:\Pangolin. This is one unform location for all setups. Folder keep registration and license files. No need to keep license into folder with BEYOND.EXE. 
 +Old license files are not supported by BEYOND. BEYOND will not even try to load them. BEYOND operate with new license files only. It will only attempt to match old licenses to hardware and create new license automatically.
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 +If these old licenses are unnecessary, why do we still show them? This confirms that software sees the file. It helps to solve the question – “my license does not work”. If file structure is valid then BEYOND will load the file and show in the list. Please note, new licensing system has time-based options, and license may become expired. Also, if license change then BEYOND will replace file to newer version automatically. Software tends to manage files automatically based on up-to-date information on Pangolin data center.
 +
 +==== Registration ====
 +
 +The "registration" section indicates presence of, or the lack of registration file. This registration file Is specific for every PC, do not try and copy it to other computers, the file will be rejected. Registration file is located in folder C:\Pangolin. File keep information about registered hardware, license files and applications (executable files). System keeps track of sequence of registration, please do not replace new version of file with old versions. It will be considered as missed registration. Also, please do not delete registration file. Just leave it alone, and it will be fine. When PC connected to internet then registration is automated or can be initiated by you in a click of a button. 
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 +==== Computer ====
 +
 +  * **PC** – indicate overall registration status.
 +  * **Application version** – indicate status of BEYOND.EXE (or QS.EXE) registration. 
 +  * **Date** – indicate status of clock. Please do not change PC clock back. Some of the licenses are time based, and we must ensure that PC clock is correct. If you had to change PC clock, and BEYOND recognized it and saved modified time – it can be fixed by re-registration. File has time information from server, and it allow us reset BEYOND time based on fresh data. As a note, if you change time zones your temporary licenses won’t be extended, its based on UTC time registered, which Is constant. 
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 +==== Hardware Licenses ====
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 +License list of installed and valid licenses bind to hardware. If license is time limited, then expiration time will be at right side of the line.
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 +Left side of line has file name. Right side – version information and expiration date (is applicable).
 +When license expires, it moved to section “Expired licenses”.
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 +If licensed hardware is disconnected, and software is restarted, you will see this. (40 minute grace period for disconnected hardware Is reset on software restart)
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 +===== BEYOND Registration and License Manager: Registration Tab =====
  
 Second tab of the window concentrated on one single purpose – for registration.   Second tab of the window concentrated on one single purpose – for registration.  
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 If software detects manipulations to these files, then it will lock you out.  If software detects manipulations to these files, then it will lock you out. 
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 ===== BEYOND Registration and License Manager: License Tab ===== ===== BEYOND Registration and License Manager: License Tab =====
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 ===== BEYOND Registration Status Bar ===== ===== BEYOND Registration Status Bar =====
  
-The Service and Registration status indicator is a small Icon at the bottom left most part of the Quickshow window.  This indicates a few things as follows:+The Service and Registration status indicator is a small Icon at the bottom left most part of the BEYOND window. This indicates a few things as follows:
  
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-Top Line indicates "service discovery" status, notifying if QuickShow can contact Pangolin servers.+Top Line indicates "service discovery" status, notifying if BEYOND can contact Pangolin servers.
 | RED | No internet Connection or service not available | | RED | No internet Connection or service not available |
 | GREEN | Connection established | | GREEN | Connection established |
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 | RED | Registration missing, please register or check registration. | | RED | Registration missing, please register or check registration. |
 | YELLOW | Your licensed hardware is not connected or your internet session expired. Saving files and laser output is disabled. | | YELLOW | Your licensed hardware is not connected or your internet session expired. Saving files and laser output is disabled. |
-| GREEN | Registration found and correct, QuickShow is registered and fully operational with saving and laser output enabled. |+| GREEN | Registration found and correct, BEYOND is registered and fully operational with saving and laser output enabled. |
  
-Bottom Line indicates Pangolin "Assistance server" connection, this is for future use and is not used in QS 5.0, at time of writing, a red bar is the expected state+Bottom Line indicates Pangolin "Assistance server" connection, For future use.
 | GREY  | No connection to assistance service. | | GREY  | No connection to assistance service. |
 | GREEN | Connected to assistance service. | | GREEN | Connected to assistance service. |
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 ===== Registration File ===== ===== Registration File =====
  
-All registration files when either automatic registration Is completed, or manual loading of registration file will be stored on your pic in C:\Pangolin for simplicity. This folder is created automatically by QuickShow (Or BEYONDand you will see two types of files:+All registration files when either automatic registration Is completed, or manual loading of registration file will be stored on your pic in C:\Pangolin for simplicity. This folder is created automatically by  BEYOND and you will see two types of files:
  
 | Registration.PReg | Registration file. | | Registration.PReg | Registration file. |
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 Moveable license need to be born under control from day 1. \\ Moveable license need to be born under control from day 1. \\
 Permanent license should stay permanent. Permanent license should stay permanent.
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beyond/lic.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/07 12:45 by Bob Varkevisser