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Serial Key Manager is now entirely platform independent! Not only can validation and activation occur on any platform, but even the additional data like set timefeatures, can be retrieved using a simple web request. This means that no password has to be stored in the application, which drastically improves the security.

If you would still like to allow offline validations, please consider using activation where you restrict the number of machines that can use the same key.

Several weeks ago, trial activation feature was added, which will ensure that the time restriction starts at the moment of activation.

As you can see, many features have been added to Serial Key Manager. Because of this, 3 days premium subscription can now be activated again, to allow you to test the newly added features.

You are always welcome to ask any questions! Contact us here.

Trial Activation

Yesterday, Serial Key Manager was updated with a new feature specifically for trial keys.

Ability to create trial keys – Trial activation allows you to create trial keys and/or time limited keys that are activated only when the user first uses the key. This means that you can generate keys several months before you start distributing them and they will still work the amount of time you specified originally.

Since this feature uses the machine code activation module, you can ensure that only a specific number of users can start the trial.

In addition, because the server tracks each activation, you do not need to store anything on the client computer except for the key itself.

If keys were generated sometime before the time of activation, a new key will replace the old key and is going to be sent back to the user. This can only occur once unless  ou have configured the key otherwise.

This feature was suggested by a user of Serial Key Manager some days ago. I encourage all users and visitors of Serial Key Manager to ask questions and suggest new things directly by contacting us. Remember that you can phrase your question in either English, Swedish or Russian. You can use German too but it might take a bit longer for me to process it.

I hope all of you enjoy using Serial Key Manager!


Key details and advanced configurations

Two main changes were implemented into Serial Key Manager this week. The first one allows you to change the key features and edit its notes, while the second one allows you to adjust machine code locking settings. Both features are platform independent.

The machine code locking feature in Serial Key Manager was taken a step further. Instead of locking a key to a specific machine, you are now able to generate keys that are not bound to any machine from the beginning. However, once a client starts the activation process, you have the ability to either allow automatic activation, which means that the program will send details to the server and return a value, or manually add your client’s machine code to the database. For corporate environments where some computers do not have access to the internet, you can instead create an online interface for clients to activate their license on any computer that has access to the internet (the computer will have to access internet once, but it does not have to activate itself on its own).

Instead of forcing Serial Key Manager users to use a specific hash algorithm, it allows you to pick any function and set up your own method for collecting information that is to be hashed. For .NET users, there is already an open source library that does this in several lines of code (see here), however, since these methods analyse web server requests, serial key validation and activation can occur on any platform and operating system.

At this point, there are two tutorials that cover this topic. The first one is in the form of an article (see here) while the second one is a video tutorial (see here).

Please note that feedback is important to develop Serial Key Manager according to your needs. This feature in particular was suggested by Travis (here). I am very thankful to all users of Serial Key Manager, Software Protector and SKGL for their questions and suggestions. Thanks to all messages, I can shape these individual products to contribute to a more effective serial key management!

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Feedback is important for us, because it will allow us to shape Serial Key Manager according to your wants/needs and thus improve your user experience. Please take your time fill in this form!

Ways to get support

Serial Key Manager is a project that is built on top of SKGL. When working on the implementation of a validation system for the client application, this library is very handy, specially for offline implementations. If you would like to get an overview, please navigate to the documentation page. If you do not find what you are searching for, there is a high probability that your question might be found under the Discussion tab or the Issue tracker.

If your question is related to the actual web application, there is a support site specifically designed to guide you through some basic operations that can be performed using Serial Key Manager. Since Serial Key Manager is built on top of SKGL, many operations can actually be performed using the library. The exclusive features of Serial Key Manager, as online key validation, are better described on the support site.

Remember, if you want to try out Serial Key Manager, you can activate a trial, which will enable all the premium features available in Serial Key Manager.

If you are unsure about where to post the question, please contact us. The support site is currently under development, so you might find new sections added to the menu. We constantly work on making the support system as simple as possible to improve your user experience. Please always feel free to contact us with suggestions to any part of this project!