S-GEAR is available in two licensing schemes, iLok USB key and machine-locked software licenses.  Both schemes allow two simultaneous license activations and both schemes offer a free 15 day trial period.

If you are not sure which scheme will suit you best, the following advice may help:

iLok USB Key

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The iLok is a small USB device that holds licenses for iLok-enabled software. When you run iLok-enabled software, it looks for the software license on your attached iLok. Software activations stay on the USB key not on the computer, so you can take your licenses with you wherever you go. An iLok USB key can hold 500+ software licenses (1500+ licenses for iLok3). For more information visit www.ilok.com.

iLok  - Advantages

- The iLok USB key allows easy license portability between machines.

- Avoid downtime and loss of activations due to machine failure or hard drive crashes.

- The iLok License Manager software provides a convenient way to store and manage your valuable software assets.

- Some of the industries best professional software is available via the iLok system.

iLok - Disadvantages

- Purchase of an iLok2 or iLok3 USB key is necessary.

- A USB port on your machine will be occupied by the iLok key.


Machine Locked License

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S-GEAR has used the FlexNet Publisher machine-locked licensing system since the first S-GEAR release in 2011. The system offers convenient licensing that doesn't require any USB device and is ideal if you want to get up and running with minimum fuss.  If you regularly re-build or re-install your computers then we do not recommend a machine-locked license.

Machine Locked - Advantages

- No USB dongle required.

- Ability to activate and deactivate machines via online and offline processes.

Machine Locked - Disadvantages

- Machine failure can result in loss of activations requiring support intervention.

- Offline activations require manual Request and Response code generation which may take around 24 hours.

- Licensee must ensure that machines are deactivated before carrying out maintenance or disposing of machines.

- Known compatibility issues with GarageBand and MOTU Digital Performer 8. 


Please note:  

- The two license schemes cannot be used together on the same machine.
- For existing users of the machine-locked system, we are offering a free cross-grade to iLok.