About ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 Activation
ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 activation depends on the type of license. If you have a Standalone license, you should activate ABBYY FineReader Engine on the same computer where it is installed. In the case of a Network license, you should activate ABBYY FineReader Engine on a network server — a computer which will manage and distribute licenses among workstations in a network. However, ABBYY FineReader Engine may be installed both on the network server and on workstations.
All licenses require the Licensing Service (LicensingService.exe) for correct operation of ABBYY FineReader Engine. The Licensing Service can be installed automatically during the Developer installation and the Runtime installation of the ABBYY FineReader Engine library in automatic mode. If you need to install it manually, see Installing the Licensing Service for details.
Note: The Licensing Service settings are provided in the LicensingSettings.xml file. The file is required for network installation and for standalone installation if Hardware or Online protection is used. This file is generated automatically during automatic installation. When installing manually, you must specify the correct settings in this file. The XML schema of the Licensing Service settings is described in the LicensingSettings.xsd file. You can find this file in the Inc folder (Start > Programs > ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 > Installation Folders > Include Files Folder). The detailed description of the settings is provided in the Working with the LicensingSettings.xml File section.
For managing licenses ABBYY FineReader Engine provides the License Manager utility. With the help of this utility you can add, remove, activate, deactivate, update licenses and view license properties. The License Manager utility allows you to work with licenses of all protection types:
- Software protection
Uses an activation file that should be obtained from the ABBYY server during a license activation process.
- Hardware protection
Uses a USB dongle (hardware key) that contains the license parameters. In this case, license activation is not required.
- Online protection
Uses a password-protected file that contains the license parameters. In this case, license activation is not required.
If you choose hardware protection
If you choose the hardware protection key, the Wibu CodeMeter drivers must be installed on the computer where the Licensing Service is installed, which is currently possible only during automatic runtime installation. Once the installation is completed, connect the hardware protection key to the USB port of the computer. Make sure that you do it before the first run of the program. No license activation is required. To view license properties, use the License Manager utility.
If you choose online protection
If you choose online protection, you need to ensure that the Licensing Service installed on your computer can connect to ABBYY Online licensing services: allow connections to *.abbyy.com on port 443 (HTTPS).
With online protection, license activation is not required, but ABBYY Online licensing service synchronizes with your workstation in set time intervals. Online License appears in the License Manager utility after ABBYY FineReader Engine transfers the connection data to ABBYY Online licensing service. The presence of an Online License depends on the state of the connection to ABBYY Online licensing service. With a continuous connection to ABBYY Online licensing service, the license is always present in the License Manager utility. If the connection to ABBYY Online licensing service is lost, there is a certain timeout during which it can be re-established. Otherwise, the license is invalidated and will disappear from the License Manager utility until the local Licensing Service connects to ABBYY Online licensing service. The synchronization and timeout periods are the parameters of your license.
The same Online License can be used on multiple computers which number is limited by the license; no specific actions are required to allow concurrent usage.
If your Online License has a limit on the number of concurrent users, it will become available to another user after a time equal to the offline working time from the moment the workstation or license server was shut down. If you need to release an Online License faster, use the "Release Online Licenses..." option in the License Manager utility or call the ReleaseOnlineLicense method of the Engine object. The time it takes to complete the operation depends on your network bandwidth, however, you may specify the OperationTimeout parameter of the ReleaseOnlineLicense method for your convenience.
If you choose software protection
A software protection key requires the activation of its serial number by means of the License Manager utility.
How is activation carried out?
Activation takes very little time and is carried out with the help of an Activation Wizard. This wizard is built into the License Manager utility. The Activation Wizard has a friendly interface and is used for sending the necessary activation information to ABBYY. The same wizard is used for loading the ABBYY License File (*.ABBYY.License file) which you receive from ABBYY during activation.
Activation information is sent as a code (Installation ID) which is generated on the basis of information about the computer on which the program is being installed. No personal information about the user or computer is used for generating this code and this code cannot be used for identifying the user.
- Via the Internet
Activation is carried out automatically and takes only a few seconds. An Internet connection is required for this type of activation.
- By e-mail
The user needs to send an e-mail message generated by the program and containing information required for activation to email@example.com. To ensure a quick reply from the mail robot, do not alter the information in the message body or Subject field.
- By e-mail from another computer
This method is suitable, if your computer does not have an Internet connection. The program will generate an e-mail message containing information required for activation and offer you to copy the message and send it to ABBYY from another computer.
In the case of activation via the Internet, the whole process is carried out automatically. In the case of activation by e-mail, the user needs to enter the path to the Activation File received from ABBYY in the corresponding field of the Activation Wizard.
Once the activation is complete, the program can be used.
Note: If you need to activate or deactivate ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 using a proxy server, specify the correct proxy settings in Internet Explorer (Tools > Internet Options > Connections).
ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 can be reinstalled on one and the same computer an unlimited number of times without reactivation. However, if you make major upgrades, format your hard drive, or reinstall the operating system on the computer where the Licensing Service is installed, an additional activation may be required.
ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 license can be deactivated. The deactivated license can be then activated on another computer. The number of allowed deactivations can be restricted by your license.
Deactivation takes very little time and is carried out with the help of a Deactivation Wizard. This wizard is built into the License Manager utility. During the deactivation the Activation File (*.ABBYY.License file) which you receive from ABBYY during activation is deleted. Any copy of this file cannot be used for activation again.
The deactivation can be performed only via the Internet. Deactivation is carried out automatically and takes only a few seconds. An Internet connection is required. Once the deactivation is complete, the license can be activated on another computer.
If you have purchased additional modules or an additional amount of pages for ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 and your license does not allow you to use them, you need to update the license. The license update process is similar to the activation process. The update process is carried out with the help of the Update Wizard and can be performed via the Internet or by e-mail. Once the update is complete, the newest functionality of the program can be used.
Note: Online License is updated automatically during the synchronization period after changing the license parameters on the ABBYY FineReader Engine side.