About SoftwareKey Licensing System

Developer and IT Tools for Copy Protection, Licensing, Metering and Sales Automation.

Concept Software created the core technologies of the SoftwareKey System used by ISV's (Independent Software Vendors) and enterprise organizations around the globe for almost two decades to more than 100 million users. Their very first customers are still productively using the SoftwareKey System, something Concept Software are proud of. Concept Software continually offer new features and develop their products in direct response to customer’s needs and wants. Being developers themselves they understand how unique each of your needs can be when implementing software licensing, license management, copy protection, e-commerce and metering solutions. Concept Software makes customer service and flexibility in their products a top priority because it ensures your success.

SoftwareKey System includes:

  • Protection PLUS - Protection PLUS software is the industry standard for software licensing and copy protection. It is your key to protecting your investment in your intellectual property and puts you in the driver's seat to distribute and sell your software.
  • SOLO Server - SOLO Server is power packed with features including Electronic License Activation (ELA) allowing your customers to activate their software 24 hours a day while you maintain control. ELA is the must-have luxury feature of e-commerce for software products.
  • Metering System - Software metering is your organization's best friend when it comes to managing program usage, program users, and the amount of time programs are used. You can closely track which users ran which programs and for how long. This information helps you make smarter software purchases in the future.

Protection PLUS Overview
Protection PLUS software is the industry standard for software licensing and copy protection. It is your key to protecting your investment in your intellectual property and puts you in the driver's seat to distribute and sell your software.

Customer tested and approved
With an amazing range of functionality this powerful toolkit meets a wide range of customer needs. Protection PLUS™ is working tirelessly for over 5000 customers in 118 countries and protecting hundreds of millions of dollars of software.

Protect
With the Protection PLUS software licensing toolkit you can protect your software, create trial versions, implement Electronic License Activation and so much more.

Build
We can help you build very complex customized solutions to meet the most demanding business requirements. Our small company size with big company standards allows us to offer customization services that large companies simply don't offer.

Automate
Electronic License Management allows you to maintain control of your software after it leaves your possession. Automate the disbursement of software updates while optionally collecting usage information and verifying that a customer's license is still valid.

Popular features within all editions

Software Access Management

  • Create trials, rentals, and pay-per-use applications
  • Immediate software activation via phone, fax, email, or the internet
  • Extend a trial, rental or lease for an additional period of time
  • Disable fraudulent purchases
  • Allow partial access; activate additional features later

For Networks

  • Convert from single-user mode to multi-user mode
  • Protect using either fixed or floating network licensing
  • Modify the number of allowed network workstations

A System you can grow with
Available in Professional, Enterprise, and Internet Editions, each can connect to the turnkey SOLO Server services. Protection PLUS and SOLO Server are the two pillars of the SoftwareKey system. They have powerful independent functionality yet demonstrate seamless synchronicity when used together. You will love how this scalable system offers you exactly what you need when you need it at the price points you can afford.

Professional Edition
Perfect for use by one developer and/or to use for one software product. You get complete access to our acclaimed customer support for software maintenance and upgrades for 90 days. This edition can be used with Instant SOLO Server, a quick and economical e-commerce automated licensing solution.

Enterprise Edition
For multiple developers at a single site and/or to use for multiple software products. 1 year customer support for software maintenance and upgrades. It is possible to upgrade to this Edition at any time. In addition, some advanced functionality for Instant PLUS is available. This edition can be used with Instant SOLO Server

Internet Edition
When you want to sell your software and manage your business with any one of these three e-commerce solutions: Instant SOLO Server Dedicated URL, SOLO Server, or SOLO Server Lite, you will need the Internet Edition of Protection PLUS. This requirement is well worth it for the power and expandability you gain at your fingertips. Just like the Enterprise Edition it allows for multiple developers at a single site and/or for multiple software products. 1 year customer support for software maintenance and upgrades. It is possible to upgrade to this Edition at any time. This edition can be used with Instant SOLO Server.

SOLO Server Overview
The real fun starts when you use SOLO - (Secure Online License Ordering) Server to automate the operations of an online software business. Making money licensing your products has never been as easy, effective or efficient.

SOLO Server is power packed with features including Electronic License Activation (ELA) allowing your customers to activate their software 24 hours a day while you maintain control. ELA is the must-have luxury feature of e-commerce for software products. With SOLO Server you have all the traditional benefits of e-commerce with advantages most e-commerce providers have not yet begun to imagine.

  • Reach new markets
  • Get real-time reports
  • Automate your sales process with secure "hands-free" remote activation
  • Capture a valuable database of information on your sales and customers
  • Turn time into money with your software 24/7…and so much more!

SOLO Server has processed millions of transactions, a few per day for some of our customers and up to 3000 per day for others. At the product store level, some use the standard template we provide while others create a customized look and feel. With SOLO you'll find the flexibility to meet your needs today and what you will want in the future.

Choose the solution that works for you

SOLO Server is available in 4 different packages; you can choose from two managed services, turnkey server, or develop a customized solution:

  • Instant SOLO Server - Managed service gets you running in minutes using a shared URL (secure.softwarekey.com), we do all the work.
  • Instant SOLO Server Dedicated URL - Managed service with your own domain. Can be moved to your IT infrastructure.
  • SOLO Server - Run everything on your own in-house server with our flagship turnkey package.
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  • SOLO Server Lite - Application with scripting source code and sample database to build your own licensing server. Can integrate with existing e-commerce shopping cart.

Combine SOLO Server with Protection PLUS
Combine SOLO Server with Protection PLUS and reap the benefits of the seamless integration of the SoftwareKey System. Give yourself the ultimate power and flexibility to create a customized solution that gets your product in front of your customers safely.

SOLO Server is specifically designed to work with the Protection PLUS licensing toolkit. The system automates the ordering, purchasing, delivery and activating tasks, all while maintaining the Protection PLUS security that developers have come to rely on. 

  • Protection PLUS secures your software during the trial period and expands your distribution choices.
  • SOLO Server automates the ordering process with secure "hands-free" remote activation via the internet without sacrificing any of the powerful protection of Protection PLUS.

The SoftwareKey System combines the best of three technologies: the speed of traditional software e-commerce, the hands-free automation of electronic license activation (ELA) and the security and flexibility of Protection PLUS licensing.