Introduction to Network Licenses

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The Pro version of Shaderlight for SketchUp can be activated using a network license (sometimes called a floating license).


Computers on the network that are running SketchUp ("Clients") can be licensed to run Shaderlight by "checking out" a license from a single computer that runs as a Network License Server. The License Server usually has a fixed number of Shaderlight Pro licenses and once they have all been checked out, any more clients requesting a license will run in the Shaderlight Free mode.


There are three steps in setting up Network Licensing:


1. Install the RLM License Server - Install the RLM License Server on a single computer on the network. The Server can be installed on Windows or Mac and it can provide network licenses to any mix of Windows and Mac clients.

Note: The licensing technology used by Shaderlight is provided in partnership with Reprise Software. Standalone copies of Shaderlight have license activation integrated into the SketchUp plug-in. For Network licenses, Shaderlight requires a copy of Reprise Software's RLM License Server to be installed on a single computer, which then provides licenses to all other computers (known as clients) on the network that wish to run Shaderlight for SketchUp.


Once Network Licensing has been set up, Shaderlight Pro features will be activated automatically when SketchUp starts, provided there is  a license available on the RLM License Server. If there are no licenses available because they have all been checked out, then Shaderlight  reverts to the Free mode. Users who do not want the Pro features can return their license to the RLM License Server and make it available for others to use. See Using Network Licenses for more information.


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