What is a floating license?
How is it different from an exclusive software license?
In short, an exclusive software license allows only one user to access the software.
A floating software license allows an authorized group of users to access the software for shared use.
This means that you must purchase a floating software license if you want to share the use of the software among a group of users.
If you have an exclusive license, only one user is authorized to use the software, who can transfer it to another computer using the deactivation and activation method. (E.g. desktop and laptop)
If you have a floating license, the software is available to multiple users.
Using a restaurant analogy, an exclusive license is like a reserved table in a restaurant. If the person reserving the table has not yet arrived, no one else can sit at the table either.
A floating license is like tables in a restaurant. Anyone can come and take a seat, but if all the tables are occupied, you will have to wait for a table to become available.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Floating Licenses
Access from anywhere: This type of license is for companies that need to access the software from multiple devices and locations.
Unlimited number of users: A company can maintain as many workstations as it wants. This can save a huge amount of time and you will no longer have the problem of transferring old accounts when hiring new employees.
Significant savings: A company that needs access for 10 people, but only needs 5 people to use the software at a time, only needs to buy 5 floating licenses instead of 10. This can save the company a lot of money.
Flexibility: The fact that an unlimited number of users within the company can access the software from anywhere is a much more flexible and dynamic option.
What is the disadvantage?
Peak capacity: If the 10 employees of the company mentioned above start needing more frequent access to the software, they might encounter a disruption in workflow while waiting for a license to become available. This congestion can harm productivity as only 5 employees can work in this case..
What does it mean?
If a software license is available then a license is removed from the license pool and the software is allowed to run. If no license is available, the software can’t be accessed. When a user exits the software or when the allowed license period expires, the license is returned to the license pool and it’s made available to other authorised users.
One floating license for a group of users
This means that if you're using the software and another colleague wants to access it, they'll have to wait until you're done and log out.
Why can't my colleague access the software while I'm using it?
Because this is a floating license for one user only.
This is a shared license, not an exclusive license.
2 floating licenses for a group of users
If you want the software to be used by two users at the same time, you must purchase a floating license for 2 users.
In this case, a colleague can use the software even if you use it.
Why? Because this is a floating license for 2 users.
If you want 3 users to access the software at the same time, you need to purchase a floating license for 3 users.
Which version should you buy?
Well, let's say you have three designers in your company who need to use the software, but not all of them at the same time.
In this case, instead of buying 3 exclusive licenses, you can buy one or two floating licenses, which is definitely cheaper.
The software can now be shared between the three designers.
In summary, an exclusive license refers to the exclusive use of the software, while a floating license refers to the shared use of the software, which is often more cost-effective.
OFFLINE mode - Is it necessary to have an Internet connection on the computer?
Internet connection is required. If the Internet connection is lost while the software is running, a warning will appear shortly asking if you want to save the current state of the project, because the program will stop.
c is available for a limited time. A live Internet connection is required to switch to OFFLINE mode. Click Offline Mode.
In OFFLINE mode, you get a 72 hour timeframe, counted on from the time you go to offline mode.
During this timeframe, you can use the software regardless of your internet connection.
1. If the computer is not connected to Internet after the expiration of the time frame, the software cannot be started again.
2. If the computer is connected to the Internet again after the OFFLINE mode timeframe has expired, the software will automatically switch back to online mode.
3. Before the OFFLINE time frame expires, if there is an Internet connection again, the software must be switched back to online mode manually with the same command. Click Offline Mode.
4. If the computer remains in OFFLINE mode after the expiration of the timeframe, it can only be switched back to online mode from the same calculator. If this computer is not available for any reason, the license can be switched back to online mode only after personal login on the archlinexp.com website on the data sheet.
SECURITY MODE - Two-factor authentication (2FA)
With each new version of ARCHLine.XP, new and innovative features improve the overall user experience in different ways. The popularity of ARCHLine.XP 2023 is growing rapidly, partly thanks to its innovative features, and one of the security options is the new login option, the PIN code.
Why is it a good choice to use a PIN code?
For example, if an unauthorized person tries to use a serial number belonging to another user.
If someone steals the computer, the thief can only log in if he knows the PIN code of the floating license. The PIN code login function supplements the serial number.
A legitimate user can change or revoke at any time through the user account, thereby preventing unauthorized users from logging in from another device.