License FAQ


Small updates are free

What do cost me small updates (e.g., from version 5.21 on 5.57) and how do I get them?
Small updates within a main version number (e.g. 5.x) are free for users of the full version. You can download your updates from our customers download area*. As a licensed user you get new features within the big version number for free.

Example: You have purchased ActiveBarcode 5.21 Standard. You can download all future 5.x Standard version updates free of charge, e.g. version 5.55 Standard. Beginning with version 6.0 you must pay for an update.

* If you purchased via MyCommerce Share-It, please contact us by Email to get your free update.

Temporal limitation?

Does a temporal limitation for the use of ActiveBarcode exist? Does the license need to be renewed any time?
No, the use of the software is not delimited in time.

New lic file

IF there is a new version and with it a new LIC-file available: What does this mean for the programs I have compiled since then with the older LIC-file?
ActiveBarcode is fully backward compatible - this means that your older programs (exe-files) that you have compiled with an older LIC-file will run without problems together with the new ActiveBarcode control. You do not need to recompile them. But if you want to use the new ActiveBarcode version for development or if you have used ActiveBarcode together with the LIC-file (for example for Access97 applications), you will need to update to the new LIC-file because the old license does not allow you to run the new version in this way.


I have purchased the Standard Edition and would like to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition. Is that possible? What does it cost?
Yes, it's no problem. Please read our instructions at Software upgrade.


I use ActiveBarcode in my application created with ProvideX and would like to distribute this. Which license is the right one for me?
ProvideX offers you both possibilities. You can use an user's license on every PC or you can use a developer license (Enterprise edition).

If you like to work with user's licenses, e.g. if you sell your product only once, you do not need to adapt your application for the license.

If you use the developer license, you must customize your program so that you integrate the license into the product. Other compilers make this automatic (Visual BASIC, etc.). With ProvideX must carry out this once even by hand. Moreover you find a description on manufacturer's page: http://www.pvx.com/documentation/how_to/ole/ole.htm

Why do I need a developer license for Access?

Why do I need a developer license for Access? I use the database unique on a PC and is not distributed.
The license model for controls which was developed by Microsoft intends user and developer licenses. With Access starting version 2000 it's all the same what you make with it. A developer license of Access is demanded. Therefore, you need for Access a developer license, even if it seems unnecessary.

Visual Basic, Delphi and other development envinronments

I want to develope an application with the control. What license do I need?
As developer you need a "developer license". So you need at least the Enterprise Edition.

You can distribute the your EXE program file without other royalties. You deliver your software (file EXE) and our control (activebarcode.ocx) without license file to your customers.
IMPORTANT: You may not distribute the license file (*.lic)!

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