This year has almost reached its end (at least here in Sweden) and within several hours a new year will begin – 2017.
By looking back on 2016, I’m very happy that we are getting closer to achieve our mission: to make software licensing more accessible. This is thanks to our partners and customers, who continue to support us with new ideas and insights. I’m very thankful to all of you.
Soon 2017 will begin, and I’m convinced that this new year will come with new interesting challenges and opportunities for all of us.
I wish you all the very best! 🙂
Lead Developer, Founder
The aim behind SKM is to make software licensing more accessible. By making it simple, it becomes more accessible.
This led to the construction of a new Wiki page, which you can find here: help.skmapp.com.
The entire page is open source and does not require any server side (i.e. PHP/ASP.NET). You can find it here:
You can read more about open source at SKM: skmapp.com/open-source
Today we’ve released a new license key overview panel, which you can access by clicking on a license key on the “product page”. It is a replacement of the page were you would normally be redirected when selecting a key and the “Advanced Key Details” page.
The current page uses our new Web API 3, which means that everything you can do on this page can be achieved in your code. Please keep in mind that it requires a ‘standard’ subscription (‘premium’ won’t work unfortunately).
A unique feature of this new license key panel is that is supports labels that can help you to distinguish between various properties of a license key. For example, you might already use ‘feature 1’ as a way to mark a license key as a trial key. You can specify this here. Our intention is to build on top of this idea and bring support for labels to the product page, etc. More labels are coming later this month.
This panel is still a work in progress, so if you would have any suggestions or questions, please let us know! Here’s our feedback form.
The newest release of the SKM Platform (since 2016.06.27) is now supporting the new LicenseKey format, which is the default format of the Web API 3. This change has two implications: on Activation Forms and on the activation files on the product page.
- Activation Forms – only new activation forms will be affected
- Activation Files – the default is the new format.
To make this work in your application, please upgrade to SKM Client API (v.4.01). A good migration guide can be found here.
You are always welcome to ask us questions by contacting us!
A sample format of the new activation files is shown below:
Today, we’ve released a new major version of SKM Client API (aka SKGL Extension). To sum up, the new version brings full support for Web API 3 and combines that with all the positive features of the previous versions. The aim is to make all use cases much simpler to implement.
This week we’ve finished the “activation file box” that can be found on the product page. Here’s an overview:
The advantage of using it that you can easily add and remove new devices, as well as get an activation file that can be sent to users with no Internet access. The activation box consists of several ideas suggested by our users, so it feels great to add support for it!
Where we are moving
Many of us have experienced that since the last year, the core interface has remained unchanged. However, under the hood, many new functionalities have been added. Our primary focus has always been on the new Web API 3, which, in contrast to Web API 2, gives you more power and customization. Now that we have the foundation up and running, the new changes to the interface are going to occur much faster. Here, our aim is to move to a single-page design that allows you to stay on the same page without having to refresh the page. The goal is to increase productivity by reducing page loading time.
Another point worth mentioning is that we are going to expand the capabilities of the SKM.dll (aka SKGL Extension). Many of us use KeyInformation objects to store license information. However, many things have changed since it was first introduced, and keeping adding new things to it won’t be good from both a design perspective and a usability perspective.Therefore, we plan to add an entirely new class of representing license key information, with fields for customer information, data objects (aka additional variables), etc. Unfortunately, this will require some migration for those of us would like to adapt the new way. But, we will do our best to make it as simple as possible.
This is really exciting and I hope to be able to share some updates with you in the coming weeks! 🙂 You are always able to see the progress here.
Are you going to be in Stockholm on Thursday next week (10th of March)? Please come by the Entrepreneurial Days 2016 Fair in Nymble (Drottning Kristinas väg 15-19)! 🙂 http://www.ed.thsnaringsliv.se/
Automation of software licensing and distribution greatly reduces the time needed to process orders, and thus allows you to focus on building great products. SKM Payment Forms allow you to easily achieve that automation.
Here are some of the improvements we’ve made in the last couple of weeks:
- Tutorial: Designed a new, comprehensive tutorial about Payment Forms.
- Receipts: Enabled support for sending receipts on a successful transaction.
- Email: Add a requirement to enter an email during for each transaction.This was done to make it easier for you to identify the customers for each transaction, which is good in case something went wrong.
- PayPal: Allow the IPN to be used with multiple payment forms. Now, you only need to specify one IPN address, i.e. https://serialkeymanager.com/Form/IPN/.
One of the requested features is the ability to update licenses (see previous post about extending licenses). Today, we’ve released two new methods that make it easier to update the state of any given feature. The methods are:
In addition to that, there is now an option to create Access Tokens that have a feature lock. That is, not only is it possible to restrict the scope of the access token to a product or a key, but also to features.
Both of these are now a part of the new version of the client API (SKGL Extension).
As many of you might know, when SKGL Extension does not have access to the Internet, the TimeLeft field will not be updated.Therefore, please always use DaysLeft method in those cases.
Web API 3 is constantly being improved. Please let us know how we can make it even better!