Globetrotter Software Inc, Cupertino, California, has debuted the third generation of its Flexible Licence Manager software, Flexlm 3.X, plus new modules, Flexmeter and Flexwrap. Globetrotter says the latest Flexlm release enables independent software vendors to leave the task of generating software licence keys to distributors and resellers. Embedded in an application, Flexlm enables usage policies to be configured for groups of customers without changing application code. Flexmeter apparently counts and controls the number of times a program runs and records any other attributes an independent software vendor wants to measure. Globetrotter says it secures the distribution of licence keys and metering of software using a hardware module attached to a serial port or comes as a software-only offering for applications that don’t require such high security. Flexwrap, meanwhile, is designed to enable administrators to wrap Flexlm around applications that don’t have an embedded licence manager to ensure a piece of software being used within its licence terms. Flexlm 3.X costs from $5,000 to $13,800 depending on system. Flexmeter is $8,000 plus $120 per optional hardware module. Flexwrap is $1,000 for up to 100 licences. Flexlm developer Globetrotter secured all marketing rights to the software from Highland Software in January.
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