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Licensing Information

All Manifold®: software is licensed, not sold, using a standard End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). Please read the Agreement carefully to be sure you agree before ordering software. If you do not understand the Agreement ask a competent attorney to advise you. Do not license Manifold products if you do not understand the Agreement.

In addition, by acquiring Manifold products through the Online Store or by any other means you agree to the additional terms and conditions and procedures of sale. The terms and conditions include important provisions and helpful information. Please read them carefully to be sure you agree with them. Do not acquire Manifold products if you do not agree.

Very Important: Manifold products are offered for licensing and use only in jurisdictions where Manifold products are legal, where these terms and conditions may be enforced and where the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement apply. If you have the misfortune of being subject to a jurisdiction where GIS is illegal, which does not respect intellectual property rights or which does not adhere to civilized "English System" jurisprudence, you may not be licensed to possess or to utilize Manifold products. See the EULA for details.

Two Types of Licenses

Manifold can be used either as a desktop application similar to how desktop applications like Microsoft Word are used, or Manifold can be installed on a web server to GIS-enable web sites using Manifold IMS (Internet Map Server) capabilities built into all Manifold editions except Personal Edition. In both cases, every machine that runs Manifold must have a Manifold license.

All Manifold licenses are licensed and copy protected using one of two mechanisms:

Highlights of Standalone Licenses

For a precise statement of licensing terms and conditions, please carefully read the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA), which regulates the license agreement granted users. The following points provide informal guidance to guide users, but do not in any way replace the legal meaning and controlling impact of the EULA.

Very Important: A license for a Manifold product provides only five activations. The provision of either a free additional activation key every year or the availability of a paid Extra Activation Keys product is a voluntary marketing promotion by that is provided at the sole and exclusive option of and which may be withdrawn at any time for any reason or for no reason or for any licensee. By way of example and not limitation, the voluntary provision of free additional activations or availability of paid extra activations will be rescinded for those licensees who do not cooperate with published procedures, such as the tech support process or limitations on that process. would like to provide additional benefits to responsible users and will take measures to protect responsible users from higher costs imposed by irresponsible users.

Highlights of License Server Licenses

For details on License Server please see the Manifold System License Server topic in the online version of Help. Note that the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) also applies. The following points provide informal guidance to guide users, but do not in any way replace the legal meaning and controlling impact of the EULA.

A Cost-Effective Growth Strategy

Organizations will often begin work with Manifold using standalone licenses, most often Enterprise Edition or Universal Edition. As Manifold usage increases, organizations will often decide to step up to a License Server installation to use Manifold more widely by taking advantage of floating licenses. Organizations which step up to License Server almost inevitably will also need some standalone licenses for portable computer usage, so the initial standalone licenses won't be wasted: those standalone licenses will be moved to laptop computers when the organization's desktops begin using floating licenses administered by License Server.

Manifold IMS Usage

When Manifold is installed on a web server, Manifold capabilities can be invoked from a web application to GIS-enable that web application. Please see the Internet Map Server page for details on IMS. In addition to the above comments, the following highlights apply:

Licensing for Applications Developers

Every Manifold license is a development environment. There is no need to buy some separate "objects library" because each Manifold license exposes the Manifold API. See the Advice for Applications Developers section in the What to Buy page.

Academic Licenses For Manifold System GIS

Under selected circumstances, will consider making Academic License grants to qualified institutions. For information on this donation program, please visit the Academic Licensing page.

Beta Test Licenses

Beta Test Software: From time to time, makes beta versions of software available for testing by an extended population of users. Provision of such beta test versions is covered by the Beta Test / End User License Agreement. Please review this agreement before downloading any beta test software that may be provided to you by


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