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RE: [newtech-1] Mac Desktop App with License Key

From: Calvin C.
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:18 PM

Also, whatever you do, resist the temptation to roll your own license key system.  I did this one time many years ago… ouch!

 

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Klaus Sonnenleiter
Sent: Thursday, November 29,[masked]:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Mac Desktop App with License Key

 

Anthony,

 

If for some reason you think you need to go in this direction, Macrovision is the company who bought the Flex licensing system a few years ago, which to my knowledge is the leading platform to create and manage licenses. They also own a number of deployment products and allow you to wrap one with the other.

 

However, I agree with Michael: For most cases, having a restrictive licensing model will only backfire (not to mention the overhead and cost involved in implementing Flex or any similar system). Where Flex shines is corporate deployment scenarios where the IT department needs to track how many licenses are in use and by who. But if you sell you app through the app store, having a licensing mechanism that requires yet another step after installation will only tick people off.

 

Klaus

 

On Nov 29, 2012, at 3:56 PM, Michael McNeill wrote:



Check this out: 

 

 

It is a really good explanation on Cocoa security and it's natural vulnerabilities, as well as how to best attempt to protect them.

 

But in all honesty, if someone wants to steal your app, they will. Don't focus too much on building a huge licensing roadblock, but instead focus on making a user experience that customers want to pay for.

 

M

 

On Nov 29, 2012, at 3:39 PM, Anthony Zeoli <[address removed]>

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Hey everyone,

 

I'm embarking down the road of building my first Mac desktop app that I'd like to sell, but provide a license key for.

 

Are there any 3rd party vendors that help you sell downloads and generate the license key that you can bundle with the download?

 

Never done this before. Could take my own advice and Google it, but I'm sure there will be more results than I can digest, so wanted to get some specifics from friends first as to what I should be Googling for.

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