PBlicense User Manual - PB
Version 1.6 / 5. June 2012 / 22:00
Copyright  2012 - PB-Soft
PBlicense - User Manual
Content
1 Introduction................................................................................................. 8
2 System Requirements ................................................................................ 8
2.1 Hardware .............................................................................................. 9
2.2 Software - Host ..................................................................................... 9
2.3 Software - Client ................................................................................... 9
2.4 Installation............................................................................................. 9
3 Installation Types ..................................................................................... 10
3.1 Type 1 - Localhost .............................................................................. 10
3.2 Type 2 - External Webhost ................................................................. 10
4 Software Download .................................................................................. 10
4.1 Download the PBlicense Trial-Version................................................ 10
4.2 Buy and download the PBlicense Full-Version ................................... 10
5 Software Installation................................................................................. 11
5.1 Type 1 - Localhost .............................................................................. 11
5.2 Type 2 - External Webhost ................................................................. 14
5.3 Check Directory Permissions.............................................................. 20
6 Installation Problems ............................................................................... 22
6.1 System Requirement Problems .......................................................... 22
6.2 Zend Optimizer not installed ............................................................... 24
6.3 Wrong Zend Optimizer Version........................................................... 26
6.4 Other Zend Optimizer Problems ......................................................... 27
6.5 Wrong File Transfer Mode .................................................................. 29
7 Control Panel Configuration .................................................................... 30
7.1 ServerPort........................................................................................... 31
7.2 TextApplication ................................................................................... 32
7.3 SaveWinPos ....................................................................................... 32
8 Control Panel Usage................................................................................. 33
8.1 Start / Restart...................................................................................... 33
8.2 Stop .................................................................................................... 33
8.3 Menu................................................................................................... 33
8.4 Exit...................................................................................................... 33
8.5 Shortcuts............................................................................................. 34
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9 Start PBlicense ......................................................................................... 37
9.1 Installation Type 1............................................................................... 37
9.2 Installation Type 2............................................................................... 37
10 Login to PBlicense ................................................................................. 38
11 Create a new User................................................................................... 40
12 Logout from PBlicense .......................................................................... 42
13 PBlicense Main Menu ............................................................................. 43
13.1 PBlicense - Main Application ............................................................ 44
13.2 PBlicense - Frontend ........................................................................ 45
13.3 PBlicense - User Manual .................................................................. 45
13.4 PBlicense - Footprint Generator ....................................................... 46
13.5 License Analysis Tool ....................................................................... 47
13.6 PHPview Tool ................................................................................... 48
13.7 Requirement Check Script ................................................................ 49
14 PBlicense Configuration ........................................................................ 50
14.1 Edit the main Configuration File........................................................ 50
14.2 Edit the License Generator Configuration File .................................. 51
14.3 Create new Product Keys ................................................................. 53
15 Unlock the Software ............................................................................... 54
15.1 Generate and send the Footprint ...................................................... 54
15.2 Install the License File ...................................................................... 58
16 Unlock Problems .................................................................................... 60
16.1 Check if there is a License File available.......................................... 60
16.2 Check the Number of Licenses......................................................... 60
16.3 Check the Username and Organization............................................ 61
16.4 Check the Product Name and Software Version .............................. 62
16.5 Check the License Start- and Expiration Date .................................. 63
17 PBlicense Navigation ............................................................................. 64
18 PBlicense - Home ................................................................................... 65
18.1 Information........................................................................................ 65
19 Configuration Editor............................................................................... 68
19.1 Create a new Product Configuration................................................. 68
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19.2 Edit a Product Configuration ............................................................. 78
19.3 Delete a Product Configuration......................................................... 79
20 License Generator .................................................................................. 80
20.1 Create a license file .......................................................................... 81
20.2 Send a License File .......................................................................... 87
21 License Manager..................................................................................... 88
21.1 License information........................................................................... 88
21.2 View a License File........................................................................... 89
22 File Integration ........................................................................................ 90
22.1 Project Files ...................................................................................... 91
22.2 MD5 Hashes ..................................................................................... 94
22.3 Product Files..................................................................................... 95
23 Code Integration ..................................................................................... 96
23.1 Display the PHP code....................................................................... 96
23.2 Customize your Configuration File.................................................... 98
23.3 Customize your Application File........................................................ 98
23.4 License Information Array ............................................................... 102
24 Tools ...................................................................................................... 103
24.1 PBlicense Frontend ........................................................................ 103
24.2 License Analysis Tool ..................................................................... 105
1.1.1 Overview .......................................................................................... 105
1.1.2 Edit the Configuration....................................................................... 105
1.1.3 Analyze a License File ..................................................................... 108
25 Backup................................................................................................... 109
26 Buying PBlicense ................................................................................. 110
27 Licenses ................................................................................................ 111
27.1 Apache Webserver ......................................................................... 111
27.2 PclZip Library.................................................................................. 111
27.3 PHP-Package ................................................................................. 112
27.4 Zend Optimizer ............................................................................... 112
28 Support .................................................................................................. 113
29 Feedback ............................................................................................... 114
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Dear customer
Thank you for using PBlicense!
We are sure that this software will be very useful to you and that you really will
like it! This manual will show you how to get started with PBlicense. It provides
detailed step by step instructions so that it will be easy for you to learn how to
use the application.
First it will describe the system requirements, installation steps and also
detailed problem solutions in case that there are troubles during the setup.
Later it will explain how to unlock the software and you can see how the
licensing procedure of PBlicense works.
Then it will explain how to use the PBlicense software: create product
configurations, create and send license files, and how to integrate PBlicense
into your projects.
At the end it will provide some important information about buying a software
license, support contacts and customer feedback.
One of our objectives is to provide a superior support so that we have happy
customers. Therefore if you have questions or problems while installing or
using our software, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Sincerely
Patrick Biegel
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1
Introduction
PBlicense is a PHP Software Licensing System which helps developers
to protect their applications against unlicensed use. The software user
needs a valid license to run an application. To get a license he needs to
create a footprint and send it to the developer. The developer then
creates a license file and sends it back to the customer. With the license
file the application will run a limited or unlimited time depending on the
license file.
2
System Requirements
PBlicense has some specific hard- and software requirements. If you just
want to check if your Webserver meets the specific software needs you
can use the PBlicense software requirement check script. If there are no
errors found while executing the script it should be no problem to use
PBlicense on your server. Please download the script from our website at
www.pb-soft.com.
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You can also use the little checklist below and see if your hard- and
software meets the specific needs.
2.1
Hardware
Host computer
Client Computer
Network which connects them
2.2
Software - Host
Linux, Unix or Windows based webserver
PHP version >= 5.2 installed
Zend Optimizer >= 3.0 installed
Mcrypt data encryption package >= 2.4
Mcrypt blowfish algorithm support
Mcrypt CBC encryption mode support
2.3
Software - Client
New webbrowser (like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera ...)
Javascript enabled in your browser
PHP Encoder for your projects (like Zend Guard, IonCube ...)
2.4
Installation
Text editor to edit the configuration files (like PS-Pad ...)
FTP access to your webserver.
FTP client application (like Filezilla …)
Possibility to change directory permissions.
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3
Installation Types
There are two different types of installations. For each of them there is a
trial version available which you should test before you buy the
software. If you buy the PBlicense software you will get a license for
both installation types. The PBlicense software for both installation types
is exactly the same, there are only two installation types available
(localhost or external webhost) to make it easier for you to install the
software. Choose between the following two installation types:
3.1
Type 1 - Localhost
The localhost package is a complete package for Windows
which includes a very small webserver and PBlicense is working
right from the start. This package needs no real installation, just
unpacking the archive and edit the configuration files.
3.2
Type 2 - External Webhost
The external webhost package contains all the files which are
necessary to install PBlicense on a webhost running Windows or
Linux. This package needs a normal installation (uploading and
unpacking the archive and then edit the configuration files).
4
Software Download
Please choose between the two available installation types (see above)
and then try the PBlicense trial version first before you buy the full
version! You also can try both installation types. The trial versions are
fully functional and only have a time limit of minimum one month.
4.1
Download the PBlicense Trial-Version
First you have to download and try PBlicense so that you can be
sure that everything works on your webhost. You can download
both installation types from the PB-Soft Website.
4.2
Buy and download the PBlicense Full-Version
If you have tried the trial version of PBlicense and everything
works fine, you can buy the full version of PBlicense from the PBSoft Website. If you have the trial version of PBlicense installed,
you only have to get a new license file. You don’t have to install
another version of PBlicense!
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Software Installation
5.1
Type 1 - Localhost
If you have downloaded the PBlicense archive from the PB-Soft
Website you will get the archive "PBlicense1.zip" in your
download folder:
Now you have to unpack the archive with an unzip utility like 7-Zip.
You can download the free 7-Zip archiver from the 7-Zip Website.
After unzipping the archive you will get the folder "PBlicense" with
the following content:
To start the control panel for the webserver, please start the
executable "PBcontrol.exe".
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If you start the control panel the first time, a message will tell you
that the path of the webserver does not match the configuration
and that the configuration has to be updated:
After some seconds the application will continue to update the
configuration and a message will display the new configuration
settings:
Press the button "OK" to continue.
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If the control panel is started the first time maybe the Windows
Firewall or an other security application will ask you if you want to
allow the communication of the Apache Webserver like in the
following image:
Please choose "Allow Access" to continue and let the webserver
communicate through the security application. The control Panel
will be displayed and the webserver is still deactivated which is
indicated by the red status panel:
The installation is completed. Please check the other chapters in
this manual to see how to configure and use the control panel and
the PBlicense application!
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5.2
Type 2 - External Webhost
If you have downloaded the PBlicense archive from the PB-Soft
Website you will get the archive "PBlicense2.zip" in your
download folder:
Now you have to unpack the archive with an unzip utility like 7-Zip.
You can download the free 7-Zip archiver from the 7-Zip Website.
After unzipping the archive you will get the folder "PBlicense" with
the following content:
To install PBlicense on your webhost, please upload the two files
"install.php" and "pblicense.zip" with an FTP-Client like Filezilla
to your web-account. The file "install.php" is the PBlicense
installation script and the file "pblicense.zip" contains all the files
of the PBlicense application in a compressed archive.
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If you upload the files to your webroot directory the installation
script will create a new directory called "pblicense" in the webroot
which contains all the files of the PBlicense application. Here is an
example:
The webroot directory is:
home/www/
File upload "install.php" to:
home/www/install.php
You upload "pblicense.zip" to:
home/www/pblicense.zip
The installation directory will be: home/www/pblicense/
Please check that you upload both files in binary mode!
It is very important that you upload the two files in binary mode
because otherwise the files could be damaged during the transfer.
In the Filezilla application you can set the transfer if you select the
menu "Transfer", the item "Transfer type" and then select
"Binary" like you can see on the following image:
In other FTP applications you also can specify the transfer mode
but maybe the menu looks a little bit different. Please make sure
that you do not select the transfer mode "Auto" because normally
the automatic mode will transfer PHP files as text files (ASCII) and
that is bad in our case. It has to be the binary transfer mode!
After uploading the file to the webserver, make sure that the
installation script "install.php" has the permissions to write to the
actual directory. You can set the folder permissions to 777 to be
sure that the script has write access to install the PBlicense
application. After the installation you can set the permissions back
to what they were before.
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With the Filezilla FTP-Client you can set permissions in a really
easy way. You can right-click on the desired directory and choose
"File permissions..." from the context menu like on the image
below:
A new window will show all the permission settings. Please
choose 777 and click on the button "OK":
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Please be sure that the checkbox "Recurse into subdirectories"
is NOT selected:
Then open a webbrowser and enter the path to the PBlicense
installation file "install.php":
The installation script will backup an existing installation, unpack
the new PBlicense application and if there are no errors a Link to
the PBlicense Main Menu will be displayed:
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If there are errors during the installation the screen will display the
error messages like on the example below. If that happens, please
first check the write permissions of the directory:
If there is an existing installation of PBlicense at the same location
the installation script will make a backup and save the whole
installation to the file "pblicense_01.zip" (the number can vary).
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If you click on the link to the PBlicense Main Menu, the installation
script "install.php" and the installation archive "pblicense.zip" will
be removed and a message will inform you about the success of
this operation:
After 10 seconds you will be forwarded to the PBlicense Main
Menu like on the following image:
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5.3
Check Directory Permissions
Just to be sure, check the directory permissions for the following
two directories. This directories need to have the permissions set
to 777 to have write access for the configuration and export files:
pblicense/configuration
pblicense/export
Make sure that here you apply the permissions recursively!
That means that all subdirectories also will have the permissions
set to 777. With the Filezilla FTP client you can set the
permissions in a special window:
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After setting the permissions, the directory structure on your
webserver should look similar to the following example (Filezilla
screen):
First try to set the permissions not to restrictive and after the script
works ok you can successively put them more restrictive.
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6
Installation Problems
If you have problems while installing or running PBlicense please check
the following sections:
6.1
System Requirement Problems
If the system requirements are not adequate, it is possible that
there are problems which are difficult to detect. You can run our
PBlicense software requirement check script to see if there are no
errors and the webserver meets the specific needs of PBlicense.
Please download the script from our website at www.pb-soft.com.
If the script finds a problem (in the following example an old PHP
version) a message will show the details:
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After upgrading to a newer PHP version the error disappears:
If all the status indicators are green, there should be no problem to
run the PBlicense software on your host.
Please make sure that you use a trial license first to check if
the PBlicense application works on your host!
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6.2
Zend Optimizer not installed
Check if the Zend Optimizer or the Zend Guard Loader is
installed on your server. A Zend decoder is necessary to run files
encoded by one of the Zend encoders and it also can increase the
runtime performance of the PHP scripts. If no Zend decoder is
installed on the host or if it is not running correct, a message
window will indicate the problem. Depending on the running script
the information window can provide more or less information on
solving the problem. The following image shows a screen with
only few information:
The next screen shows detailed information about the problem:
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You can also check the phpinfo() output to check if the Zend
Optimizer is installed and enabled or you can ask your hosting
provider. If you check the phpinfo() output you should search for
a text similar to the following (important text marked red):
This program makes use of the Zend Scripting Language Engine:
Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2010 Zend Technologies
with Zend Extension Manager v1.2.0, Copyright (c) 2003-2007,
by Zend Technologies
with Zend Optimizer v3.3.3, Copyright (c) 1998-2007, by Zend
Technologies
The following image shows this part from the phpinfo() output and
how it should look on your host:
If there is no Zend decoder like Zend Optimizer or Zend Guard
Loader installed on your host, please download a free copy from
the Zend Website (http://www.zend.com) and install it.
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6.3
Wrong Zend Optimizer Version
Check if the correct Zend Optimizer or Zend Guard Loader is
installed on your server. If your version of the Zend Optimizer is
too old you will get an error message like:
Fatal error: Incompatible file format: The encoded file has format
ID 2003120701, whereas the Optimizer can read up to
2002062301.
or something like:
Fatal error: Unable to read X bytes in /path/to/script/encoded_
script.php on line 0.
or something like:
Fatal error: Maximum execution time in /path/to/script/encoded_
script.php on line 1.
If you have an old version of Zend Optimizer or Zend Guard
Loader installed on your host, please download a new version
from the Zend Website (http://www.zend.com) and install it.
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6.4
Other Zend Optimizer Problems
The following output from the phpinfo() function displays three
important settings which will be explained below. If one of these
settings is wrong, the Zend Optimizer will not run on your host.
Normally these settings are correct if you are using a third-party
webhosting service. Please verify that the following settings are
correct on your host:
Debug Mode
If the debug mode is enabled in PHP the Zend Optimizer will not
work. You can check this setting if you display the phpinfo()
output. The setting "Debug Build" should be set to "no" for
Windows, Unix and Linux hosts.
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Thread Safety
If you are running the Zend Optimizer on a Windows host, the
PHP should be compiled in the ZTS mode (multi-threaded
environment). You can check this setting if you display the
phpinfo() output. The setting "Thread Safety" should be set to
"enabled" for Windows hosts.
If you are running the Zend Optimizer on a Linux/Unix host, the
PHP should be compiled in the Non-ZTS mode (no multi-threaded
environment). You can check this setting if you display the
phpinfo() output. The setting "Thread Safety" should be set to
"disabled" for Unix and Linux hosts.
Enable Versioning
If the enable versioning is enabled in PHP the Zend Optimizer will
not work. You can check this setting if you display the phpinfo()
output. The setting "--enable-versioning" should NOT be found in
the "Configure Command" section on Windows, Unix and Linux
hosts.
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6.5
Wrong File Transfer Mode
If you upload all the files manually (without the PBlicense installer
script) to your webserver you have to be sure that you upload
nearly all php files in Binary Mode (please see the exceptions in
the list below). That does not mean that you upload all files in
binary mode because there are different kinds of files like pictures,
text files or CSS files. Not all the files have to be uploaded in the
same mode! Normally you can choose the file types which are
uploaded in binary mode and which are uploaded in ASCII mode.
Please check the settings of your FTP-Client. If you upload the
encoded files in ASCII mode you will get errors like:
Fatal error: Unable to read #### bytes in /path/to/script/encoded_
script.php on line 0.
or something like:
Fatal error: Corrupted encoded data detected in /path/to/script/
encoded_script.php on line 0.
Then please delete the encoded php files on the server and
upload them again in binary mode. Normally you can specify the
transfer modes ASCII or Binary in your FTP client application.
Attention: If you choose the mode "Auto" in your FTP-Client
the php files normally will be uploaded in ASCII mode!
If you still have a problem, please contact our support (see
support section at the end of this document). We are always glad
to help you!
PHP Files which have to be uploaded in ASCII Mode:
There are some exceptions for php files (7 files) which have to be
uploaded in ASCII mode because they are not encoded. First you
can upload all the php files in binary mode and then delete the
following files and upload them but now in ASCII mode:
pblicense/test/application.php
pblicense/test/configuration.php
pblicense/test/product_1.php
pblicense/test/appl_long/application.php
pblicense/test/appl_short/application.php
pblicense/export/config/product_1.php
pblicense/export/config/product_2.php
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Control Panel Configuration
The PBlicense control panel is only needed to manage the webserver of
the installation type 1 (localhost). Therefore the control panel is not
available and needed for the installation type 2 (external webserver).
Normally you do not have to edit the control panel configuration file
"PBcontrol.ini" but sometimes it is necessary. If the control panel is
running and you press the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + C the configuration
file will be opened:
The control panel configuration file "PBcontrol.ini" is located in the
directory "PBlicense/conf/PBcontrol.ini".
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7.1
ServerPort
You can change the default port of the webserver (default: 8800)
to another port like 80. Therefore you have to edit the following
line in the control panel configuration file (changes marked red):
; ===================================================
;
; Specify the http port of the webserver.
;
; Example: ServerPort = 8800
;
; ===================================================
ServerPort = 8800
and change it to:
ServerPort = 80
After this change you have to delete the application path so that
the control panel application will update the whole configuration at
the next start. Therefore you have to edit the following line in
control panel configuration file (changes marked red):
; ===================================================
;
; Specifies the path of the control panel
; application. If the path does not match the real
; path, the tool will try to update the webserver
; configuration and insert the actual path. This
; setting does not have to be changed manually !
;
; Example: ApplPath = C:/PBlicense
;
; ===================================================
ApplPath = C:\Downloads\PBlicense
and change it to:
ApplPath =
Now you have to close the control panel (button "Exit") and start it
again (run "PBcontrol.exe"). At the next start of the control panel,
the tool will check the application path and realizes that the path is
not correct. Then it will update the whole configuration including
the changed port of the webserver.
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7.2
TextApplication
You can also specify your favorite text editor which will be used to
display the configuration files. Therefore you have to edit the
following line in control panel configuration file (changes marked
red):
; ===================================================
;
; Specify the path to the application which will be
; used to display the actual configuration. Normally
; this should be a text editor like notepad from
; windows or your favorite text editor.
;
; Example: TextApplication = C:\Windows\Notepad.exe
;
; ===================================================
TextApplication = C:\Windows\Notepad.exe
and change it (as an example) to:
TextApplication = C:\Programs\PSPad\PSPad.exe
After this change you only have to restart the control panel. You
do NOT have to delete the application path and update the whole
configuration!
7.3
SaveWinPos
You can also specify if the window position of the control panel
should be saved automatically if you exit the control panel
application. Therefore you have to edit the following line in control
panel configuration file (changes marked red):
; ===================================================
;
; Specify if the position of the control panel window
; has to be saved when the control panel is closed
; with the button 'Exit'.
;
; Example: SaveWinPos = 0
;
; ===================================================
SaveWinPos = 0
and change it to:
SaveWinPos = 1
After this change you only have to restart the control panel. You
do NOT have to delete the application path and update the whole
configuration!
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Control Panel Usage
The PBlicense control panel is only needed to manage the webserver of
the installation type 1 (localhost). Therefore the control panel is not
available and needed for the installation type 2 (external webserver).
To start the webserver press the button "Start". Then the webserver will
be started and the status panel changes to green, indicating that the
webserver is ready. Per default the PBlicense webserver will listen on the
IP address 127.0.0.1 (localhost) and port 8800:
8.1
Start / Restart
If the webserver is running, the button "Start" will change to
"Restart" and therefore you can restart the webserver if needed if
you press this button.
8.2
Stop
The button "Stop" will stop the webserver but the control panel will
still be available. You can use this button if you want to stop the
webserver and edit a configuration file.
8.3
Menu
The button "Menu" will open the PBlicense "User Login" in the
default webbrowser. After you login, the PBlicense "Main Menu"
will be displayed.
8.4
Exit
The button "Exit" will stop the webserver (if the webserver is
running) and then exit the control panel.
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8.5
Shortcuts
There are different keyboard shortcuts available. If you press the
keys CTRL + SHIFT + S all available shortcuts will be displayed in
a window:
The first three shortcuts will open the configuration files:
CTRL + SHIFT + A: Apache configuration "httpd.conf"
CTRL + SHIFT + C: Control panel configuration "PBcontrol.ini"
CTRL + SHIFT + P: PHP configuration "php.ini"
Normally it should not be necessary to change these configuration
files but sometimes it can be necessary especially if you want to
use a specialized configuration to fit your needs.
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The shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + Z will test the webserver
configuration "httpd.conf" and will display error messages if the
syntax in the configuration file is not correct:
If the black command window just opens and closes again, the
webserver configuration is correct. Normally the webserver
configuration should not contain syntax errors but if you edit the
webserver configuration file "httpd.conf" this is a good way to
check the functionality before starting the webserver.
The next five shortcuts open different directories with the windows
explorer:
CTRL + SHIFT + E opens the PBlicense export directory. All files
generated by PBlicense (like the code, configurations, licenses
and logs) and also the necessary files to include in your own
projects (like the footprint generator and the validation engine) will
be stored there.
CTRL + SHIFT + M opens the PBlicense main directory. This is
the place where you have to copy your valid license file.
CTRL + SHIFT + T opens the PBlicense test directory. Here you
will find some small test applications which can be used to test
and understand the way the PBlicense application works.
CTRL + SHIFT + W opens the webroot directory. This directory
contains all data provided to the clients, in our case the
"pblicense" directory.
CTRL + SHIFT + T opens the PBlicense analysis directory. This
directory contains the License Analysis Tool which can be used to
analyze a license file and check if the license is valid.
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The shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + T displays some information about
the PBlicense control panel like the application version and the
build date and time:
The shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + X will save the actual window
position of the PBlicense control panel. If you save the position,
the window will open at the same position at the next start of the
control panel.
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Start PBlicense
9.1
Installation Type 1
If you use the installation type 1 (local webhost), the easiest way
to start PBlicense, is to cklick on the button "Menu" on the
webserver control panel like indicated on the picture below:
The "User Login" screen will be displayed in your default
webbrowser.
9.2
Installation Type 2
If you are using the installation type 2 (external webhost), please
enter the following direction in your browser an replace the green
part with the path to your webhost (domain) and then the path to
your PBlicense directory:
http://www.mydomain.com/pblicense_dir/main/menu.php
As an example the direction to the PBlicense directory entered in
the Firefox browser:
The "User Login" screen will be displayed in your webbrowser.
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10 Login to PBlicense
If the "User Login" screen is displayed, you can login with the default
username and password:
The default login data is only displayed on the login screen if you did not
already create a new user. You can login with the default login data:
Username: Admin
Password: test12
Please be sure that you enter the password exactly like showed above.
The passwords are always case-sensitive!
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If the login is incorrect you will be warned with the following message:
If both, the username and password is correct, the PBlicense "Main
Menu" will be displayed:
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11 Create a new User
Below the last button on the "Main Menu" you will see the links "Create
New User". To create a new user account press this link:
The "Add New User" form will be displayed and you can insert a new
username and a corresponding password:
The password has to contain characters and numbers and has to
be at least 6 characters long.
Passwords like "j3yS94j", "12Tau$ab" or "Re35tOol" are valid.
Passwords like "peter", "12042012" or "rolf$" are not valid!
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You have to enter the new password twice (Field "Password 1" and field
"Password 2") to be sure that there are no typing errors. If the password
is not valid an error message will be displayed:
If the new username and password are correct, the new user account will
be created. If you have created the first new user, the default user
"Admin" will be deleted automatically for security reasons. The default
user is the same on all PBlicense installations and therefore has to be
eliminated. An information screen will be displayed:
If you press the button "Login with the new user !" you wil be transfered
to the login screen where you have to login with the new username and
password.
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If you later add some other users, the following screen will be displayed:
If you press the button "Go Back ..." you will get to the "Add New User"
form. Then you can add another new user or press the button "Go Back
..." to go to the main menu.
12 Logout from PBlicense
To logout from the PBlicense application press the link "Login" on the
main menu:
You will get to the "User Login" screen and you can login with another
username and password.
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13 PBlicense Main Menu
The PBlicense Main Menu provides access to different tools which will be
explained on the next few pages:
Per default all the links and therefore tools will be opened in the same
browser tab. If you want to open them in a new browser tab, please first
click on the link "Same Window". The link will change to "New Window"
and all links will open in a new browser tab.
... will change to:
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13.1 PBlicense - Main Application
The PBlicense main application is used to create new product
configurations using the "Configuration Editor", generate license
files using the "License Generator", display information about
existing licenses using the "License Manager" and include the
PBlicense components into your own projects using the "File
Integration" area.
Please check the special chapter about using the PBlicense main
application!
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13.2 PBlicense - Frontend
The PBlicense frontend can be used to let the visitors create their
own trial licenses. It can be configured that every user can create
as many licenses as he wants or you can limit the license creation
and the users have to enter an access code to create a license:
13.3 PBlicense - User Manual
This link will display this user manual in your favorite PDF viewer:
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13.4 PBlicense - Footprint Generator
The footprint generator is needed to create a PBlicense footprint
code which is necessary to create a customized license file for the
PBlicense application:
The usage will be explained in the chapter which explains how to
unlock the PBlicense application.
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13.5 License Analysis Tool
The license analysis tool is used to analyze an existing license file.
You have to copy the license to be checked into the directory of
the analyzing script "pblicense/analysis/" and then also edit the
configuration file "application.cfg" and enter all the user - and
system-information needed. After running the analysis script the
result will be displayed:
If you want to remove the license analysis tool from the system
and from the main menu, you only have to delete the directory
"pblicense/analysis". The button "License Analysis Tool" then
will be removed from the main menu.
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13.6 PHPview Tool
The "PHPview Tool" will display information about the files inside
the directory "pblicense":
If you want to remove this tool from the system and from the main
menu, you only have to delete the file "phpview.php" in the
directory "pblicense". The button "PHPview Tool" then will be
removed from the main menu.
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13.7 Requirement Check Script
The "Requirement Check Script" will display information about
the actual webhost and check if the installation meet the
requirements to run PBlicense without problems:
If all status indicators are green, there should be no problems to
run PBlicense. If an indicator is red you can get some information
about the failing component. Please try to install/update this
component or contact your webmaster.
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14 PBlicense Configuration
14.1 Edit the main Configuration File
Attention: If you use the PBlicense software in trial mode
don't change the username and organization data in the
configuration file, just use the existing example username
and organization!
Please open the file "pblicense/configuration/pblicense.cfg" in
your favorite text editor:
Please insert your username (line 7) and organization (line 8):
// ==================================================
// Specify the username / organization.
// ==================================================
$pblicense_username
= "Peter Example";
$pblicense_organization = "Example Inc.";
Please specify the preferred default language (line 14). English
(en) and German (ge) is available:
// ==================================================
// Specify the default language.
// ==================================================
$language = "en";
Those were the most important settings. This name and
organization settings are necessary to activate a personalized
license file.
Maybe you want to change some other settings later like the
default time zone, the screen size or the log file settings …
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14.2 Edit the License Generator Configuration File
Please open the file "pblicense/configuration/license.cfg" in
your favorite text editor:
Please specify which clients have access to the license generator
(line 43). Here you have to specify an IP-Address or range like the
following examples:
www.xxx.yyy.zzz
www.xxx.yyy
www.xxx
www
=>
=>
=>
=>
212.56.123.45
212.56.123
212.56
212
You can specify different addresses / ranges. If you specify some
addresses / ranges you should delete the entry "all". With the
entry "all" everyone has access to the license generator:
// ==================================================
// Specify from which IP addresses the application
// can be used.
// ==================================================
$access_ip[] = "all";
Please insert a string for the e-mail message-id (line 66):
// ==================================================
// Specify which name will appear in the message ID.
// The message-ID will look something like this:
// "[email protected]". It's made with a
// random number but you can choose the part after
// the "@" sign.
// ==================================================
$message_id = "example.com";
Please specify the sender name (line 92) and address (line 93) for
the e-mails which will be sent:
// ==================================================
// Specify the sender name and e-mail address.
// ==================================================
$sender_name
= "Example Inc.";
$sender_address = "[email protected]";
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Please specify the address for e-mail replies (line 99):
// ==================================================
// Specify the e-mail address for replies.
// ==================================================
$reply_address = "[email protected]";
Please specify the address for errors (line 105):
// ==================================================
// Specify the e-mail address for errors.
// ==================================================
$error_address = "[email protected]";
Please specify the address for returning e-mails (line 111):
// ==================================================
// Specify the e-mail address for returning e-mails.
// ==================================================
$return_address = "[email protected]";
Please specify the x-mailer content (line 117):
// ==================================================
// Specify the x-mailer content of your e-mails.
// ==================================================
$xmailer = "PBlicense 1.6 - www.example.com";
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14.3 Create new Product Keys
Each product (script / application) needs a unique product key.
This is necessary that someone else who uses PBlicense can’t
make license files for your products and it also is used as the
encryption key for the license file. So the product keys have to be
at least 20 characters long and please keep them secret!
Please open the file "pblicense/key/key.cfg" in your favorite text
editor and enter some new product keys into the key file:
// ==================================================
// Product encryption keys (minimum length 20
// characters).
// ==================================================
//
12345678901234567890123456789
$product_key[1] = 93jd75jhg83ytfj49fuj439tj49";
$product_key[2] = 0gkt9058743jew8723hd874jre8";
You can enter all the 10 keys or just one or two. But remember:
You need product keys to create new product configurations! For
each of your product you need to have a product key.
Attention: Please be sure that nobody can access your key
file via Internet or another network!
You also have the possibility to store this important file outside the
document root and then specify the path in the path configuration
file "pblicense/configuration/path.cfg". Please search for the
following entry (line 90):
// ==================================================
// Define the path to the product encryption key file
// ==================================================
define("KEY_DIR", "key");
define("KEY_PATH_ABS",SITE_PATH_ABS."/".KEY_DIR);
That’s it! Now you can save and upload the configuration files to
your webserver!
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15 Unlock the Software
Now the PBlicense installation should be OK and the PBlicense software
is running with the trial license. With the trial license you can test the
PBlicense application for at least one month before you have to decide if
you want to buy the software. If you need more time to evaluate our
product please contact us.
Please make sure that you use a trial license first to check if the
PBlicense application works on your host!
If you have tested PBlicense with the trial license and decided to buy a
license you have to get a valid license file to unlock the software. Please
first make a system footprint with the help of the footprint generator. The
following steps will explain this process:
15.1 Generate and send the Footprint
Please click on the link "PBlicense - Footprint Generator" on the
PBlicense Main Menu:
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The "Footprint Generator" window will be displayed. Please
insert the necessary information (your username, organization and
e-mail address) into the form fields like on the image below:
Attention: Please be sure that the username and organization
is correct and check twice that your e-mail address is valid
so that we can send you a license file!
Then press the Button "Create Footprint" to continue and create
the footprint code.
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The generated footprint code will be displayed like on the following
image below:
If you think something went wrong (maybe you misspelled the
organization name) you just can go back to the input form by
pressing the link "Back to the input form ..." and create a new
footprint. You can create as much footprints as you want.
If you think your input data is correct you can send us the created
footprint so that we can create a personalized license file for you.
If your webhost supports the sending of e-mails through the
integrated php mail function you can send us the footprint by
pressing the button "Send now !".
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A message window will tell you if the e-mail with the footprint was
sent successfully:
If your webhost does NOT support the sending of e-mails through
the integrated php mail function or there was an error during the
sending process you can also send us the footprint code by email. Just copy the footprint code into an new e-mail and send it to
the following e-mail address: [email protected]
After we got your footprint code (sent from the footprint form or
sent by normal e-mail) we will create and then send you your
personalized license file per e-mail. If you don't get the license file
please check your spam folder. Maybe the e-mail with the
attached license file was categorized as spam. If you can't find the
e-mail with the license file there please contact us!
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15.2 Install the License File
Please check on the PBlicense "Home" page which is the path to
the license file. The following line will show you the correct path:
Please copy the license file to that directory and make sure that it
is the only license file in that directory. If there is another
license file, copy it to another directory or delete it.
To make the license work you also have to enter your name and
organization into the PBlicense configuration file. Please check the
chapter about editing the main configuration file!
To check if the registration process was successful, Please click
on the link "License Generator" from the link panel. If the license
is valid, you should see the "License Generator" like on the
following image:
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If there is a problem and therefore the license is not valid, the
following screen is displayed:
If you would like to try PBlicense, you can get a free trial license
for PBlicense and test the software at least one month. You only
have to create a system footprint with the "Footprint Generator"
and send it to us. We then will create and send you a free trial
license.
If you already have tested PBlicense with a trial license and it
worked on your host, you can buy PBlicense at the PB-Soft
Website. After buying the software you also have to create a
system footprint with the "Footprint Generator" and send it to us.
We then will create and send you your personalized and unlimited
license.
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16 Unlock Problems
If you don’t see the "License Generator" you probably will see the
following window with an error message:
The displayed message will inform why the license verification has failed.
Please check the following steps to ensure that the installation is correct:
16.1 Check if there is a License File available
Check if there is a license file available in the directory which is
displayed on the "Home" page. If there exist no license file, copy
the license file to that directory and try again.
16.2 Check the Number of Licenses
Check if there is only one license file available and that the file has
the format xxxxxxxxxxxx.pbl whereby the x's are numbers. As
an example the license filename could be 061205180528.pbl. If
there is another license file, move it to another location or delete it.
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16.3 Check the Username and Organization
Check if the username and organization on the PBlicense "Home"
page is the same like the one specified in the license file. First
look on the "Home" page of the PBlicense application. There you
can see the licensee name and organization:
Then on the same page but a little bit below you can see a link to
the active license file:
Please click on this link and the content of the license file will be
displayed:
Now check if the username and organization is the same as
displayed on the "Home" page.
If the username and/or the organization is/are different, change
the data in the configuration file!
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16.4 Check the Product Name and Software Version
Check if the product name and the software version in the license
file match with the software you want to run (in our case it is the
PBlicense software). First look on the "Home" page of the
PBlicense application. There you can see the software name and
also the software version:
Then on the same page but a little bit below you can see a link to
the active license file:
Please click on this link and the content of the license file will be
displayed:
Now check if the product name and the software version match
the data displayed on the "Home" page.
If the product name and/or the software version is/are different,
you have to get another license file!
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16.5 Check the License Start- and Expiration Date
Check if the actual license is not expired. You can see that on the
"Home" page of the PBlicense application. There you will find the
start- and end-date:
If the actual date is not between the start and end-date displayed
this license file will not work. The license is expired or will be valid
in the future, you have to get another license file!
If you still have a problems to activate the PBlicense software,
please contact us (see the support section at the end of this
document). We are always glad to help you!
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17 PBlicense Navigation
On the top of each window you will find the following header with
different links:
Main Menu
Link to the PBlicense Main Menu.
Home
Overview with information about the licensee, current installation and
with links to the logfile and to the footprint generator.
Configuration Editor
The configuration editor is used to create, edit or delete product
configurations. You can use the configuration editor to create a new
configuration for one of your new products, if you want to change some
settings of an existing product or also if you want to delete an old
configuration which you don't need anymore.
License Generator
The license generator is used to create license files. You can use it if
someone requests a license file and sends you a system footprint of his
installation. Then you can create a new license file and send it directly
back to your customer.
License Manager
The license manager shows you an overview of all created license files.
You can view or download each of the license files.
File Integration
The file integration page shows you all files which are necessary for your
projects. There are project files and product files. You can download the
files you need and also get the php code to integrate the PBlicense
software into your application or projects.
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18 PBlicense - Home
If you start the application you will see the PBlicense "Home":
18.1 Information
On the "Home" page you can find the name of the licensee ant the
organization:
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There is also some information about the installed software and
their versions (PBlicense, PHP, Zend Engine, Zend Optimizer,
Zend Guard Loader and Mcrypt):
The IP address of the host and also of the client computer are
displayed:
There is a link to the phpinfo() script which shows information
about the actual host:
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There is a link to the license logfile to display the history of license
creation:
There is also some information about the actual license and a link
to the "Footprint Generator":
Also a link to the PBlicense user manual is available:
The active language is displayed and with the help of a link the
language can be switched between English and German:
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19 Configuration Editor
The configuration editor is used to create, edit or delete new product
configurations. If you have created a new project which you want to
protect, you have to create a new configuration for that product. In the
configuration you will specify the product specific details which are
necessary to create the php code, license files and protect your script.
19.1 Create a new Product Configuration
To create a new product configuration please click on the link
"Configuration Editor" on the link panel. The following window
will be displayed:
There is a filename displayed for your new configuration. Normally
you should use this name. To create a new configuration click on
the button "New":
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The default product configuration will be displayed:
First you can enter a name for your product:
Then you can specify the product version:
Then you can specify the name of the protected script. This is the
name of the script where you will insert the generated php code
which protects your whole project:
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Then you can specify the IP address range. Here you have the
following possibilities:
Range 1:
The 1. number of the IP address will be checked.
Example: 243
Range 2:
The 1. and 2. number of the IP address will be
checked. Example: 243.125
Range 3:
The 1., 2. and 3. number of the IP address will be
checked. Example: 243.125.38
Range 4:
All numbers of the IP address will be checked.
Example: 243.125.38.15
If your application runs on a server cluster the IP address will
maybe change a lot and you can specify just a part of the IP
address to be sure that your application will run without any
problems.
Then you can specify the product version range. This will define
how many decimals after the coma will be checked. Here are
some examples:
Example 1:
If you specify 0, your customer can upgrade from version 1.0 up to
version 1.9999999. Only if the number 1 changes the license will
not be valid anymore.
Example 2:
If you specify 1, your customer can upgrade from version 1.0 up to
version 1.099999. But 1.1 will not work anymore.
Example 3:
If you specify 2, your customer can upgrade from version 1.0 up to
version 1.009999. But 1.01 will not work anymore.
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Then you can specify which options are used to protect your
project:
If you select "Username" then the username will be checked.
If you select "Organization" then the organization will be checked.
If you select "Product name" then the product name will be
checked. With that option selected the customer can’t use the
same license file for different products.
If you select "Product version" then the product version will be
checked. With that option selected the customer can’t upgrade all
the time to the newest version.
If you select "Script name" then the script name will be checked.
With that option selected the customer can’t rename the script.
If you select "Script path" then the script path will be checked.
With that option selected the customer can’t move the script to
another directory.
If you select "Server name" then the server name will be checked.
With that option selected the customer can’t move the script to
another server if the server name changes.
If you select "Server address" then the server address (IP
address) will be checked. With that option selected the customer
can’t move the script to another server if the server IP address
changes.
If you select "Document root" then the server document root
directory will be checked. With that option selected the customer
can’t move the script to another document root.
If you select "Server environment" then the server environment
(Windows, Linux, Freebsd…) will be checked. With that option
selected the customer can’t move the script from a Linux server to
a Windows server (as an example…).
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If you have specified all the parameters you can press the button
"Save configuration" to save the configuration and show the
generated php code:
The first link shows the configuration for the actual product:
The product configuration is necessary to create a footprint with
the footprint generator. This configuration indicates what data the
footprint generator has to collect and include in the footprint code.
This file should be encoded before it is distributed with your
application.
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An example of a product configuration is shown here:
The first part specifies the product details like the product name,
product version, script name, product ID, address range and
version range.
The second part specifies which of the options are enabled for
checking a license and are necessary to generate a new license
file with the "License Generator.
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The second link shows the php code for the actual product. This
code is necessary to include the license verification into your own
php script:
The product code can be generated in two different versions. The
long version includes a lot of information about the code and
indicates how to include it into your own projects. The same code
is also displayed in the big edit field. An example is shown below:
This code continues on the next page ...
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The short version includes no information and contains only the
absolute minimum of code. An example is shown below:
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The last link shows the product code in color (highlighted):
An example of the highlighted product code is shown below:
The big text area also contains the product code which can be
copied and pasted to your script.
The product configuration and also the product code will be saved
and can be accessed anytime from the page "File Integration".
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The different links can also be used to download the product
configuration or product code as a text file. You only have to click
with the right mouse button on the link and choose "Save Link
As..." and save the file to a new location:
Attention: If you create a new product configuration but you
have not specified a product key you will get a warning! Then
you have to create a new product key like described in the
installation section of this manual and try again.
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19.2 Edit a Product Configuration
To edit an existing product configuration please click on the link
"Configuration Editor" on the link panel. The following window
will be displayed:
First you have to choose an existing product configuration from
the existing configurations. Please select one from the drop-down
menu:
After selecting the configuration press the button "Edit":
The configuration screen will be displayed and you can edit the
configuration like described in the section "Create a new Product
Configuration".
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19.3 Delete a Product Configuration
To delete an existing product configuration please click on the link
"Configuration Editor" on the link panel. The following window
will be displayed:
Now you have to choose which configuration you want to delete.
Please use the drop-down menu to select an existing product
configuration:
After selecting the configuration press the button "Delete":
The configuration will be deleted...
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20 License Generator
The license generator is very easy to use and you can create all the
licenses for your products in a very efficient and fast way. To create a
new license file please click on the link "License Generator" on the link
panel. The following window will be displayed:
The footprint screen is divided into two areas:
The first area is a text input area for the footprint generated by the
"Footprint Generator". You only have to paste a valid footprint from the
clipboard into this text area.
The second area is an input section to specify the different license
options like the start-date, end date and software grade. Further you can
select if you want to see debug information about the license creating
process.
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20.1 Create a license file
To create a new license file you only need to copy a valid footprint
into the input field like on the following picture:
Then you can specify some license options like on the following
image:
Start-Date
As the first option you can specify the license start-date. You have
to use the following format:
DD.MM.YYYY
The actual day is selected so if you want the license to be valid
from today you don’t have to change anything. If you want to
change it, be sure to specify a date in the future.
As an example: you could create a license which is only valid
during the Christmas days from December 24th until December
26th. Just enter 24.12.2011 as the start-date and 26.12.2011 as
the end-date. This license then would be valid for 3 days.
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End-Date
As second option you have to specify the license duration or enddate. You can use the following format:
DD.MM.YYYY (end-date)
or
DD (license duration in days)
If you use the first format the license will be valid until this date. If
you use the second format the license will be valid for the number
of days you enter. If today is January 6th and you enter 11 then the
license will be valid until January 17th.
If you enter a + character the license duration will be
unlimited!
Software Grade
As the third option you can specify the software grade. With that
parameter you can specify different editions of the same software
product. Here is an example:
With the Software grade Standard the user can add a maximum
of 20 rooms for his hotel in your software "Hotel Manager".
With the software grade Deluxe the user can add a maximum of
100 rooms for his hotel in your software "Hotel Manager" and has
the possibility to make online reservations.
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You can specify your own names and you can later check the
actual software grade from your application.
Debug Information
As the fourth and last option you can select the checkbox to see
debug information. Normally that is not necessary and you can
leave the checkbox unchecked (default):
If you enable the "Debug Information" checkbox you will get a lot
of debug information when creating the license file:
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To create the license file you just have to press the button "Create
License":
The license will be created and you will see the following screen:
If you see the green banner the license was created successfully:
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If there was an error while creating the license you will see a red
banner:
In case of an error additional information will be displayed like an
error message and a lot of debug information (configurable):
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If everything worked fine you can see the most important client
and software data. All the data was sent through the footprint so
you don’t have to enter absolutely nothing!
If you want you can check the license file by clicking on the link.
The license file which is a plain text file with an encrypted license
key will be displayed in a new browser tab or window:
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20.2 Send a License File
Now you can send an e-mail with the attached license file directly
to your customer with just one mouse click! Please press the
button "Send now !" to send the license file.
The e-mail will be sent without the need of specifying the e-mail
address of the customer. You will be informed if the e-mail could
be sent successfully:
The license creation is also logged to the license logfile. To view
the logfile please click on the link "Home" on the link panel. There
you will find the link to the license logfile:
To view the logfile please click on the link and the logfile will be
displayed in a new browser tab or window:
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21 License Manager
The license manager shows all created licenses and the most important
client data. To view information about the existing license files please
click on the link "License Manager" on the link panel. The following
window will be displayed:
21.1 License information
The license information for each license will be showed on one
line. The following is an example (divided into two lines because of
the limited space):
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21.2 View a License File
If you want to see an existing license file you just have to click with
the mouse on the link with the name of the license file:
The license file then will be opened in a new browser tab or
window:
There are also e-mail links which open your default e-mail
application and insert the customers e-mail address into the
recipients field.
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22 File Integration
To integrate the necessary files into your project please click on the link
"File Integration" on the link panel. The following window will be
displayed:
The "File Integration" page is divided into three areas. The first area
displays the project specific files. Those files are needed for all the
projects and all the products. This files include the "Footprint
Generator" which is used with all products to generate a system footprint
and the "Validation Engine" which is also used by all products to
validate an existing license file.
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22.1 Project Files
The project files are listed in a table like the one in on the image
below:
Normally these files are exactly the same for all of your protected
applications. A click on one of the download links on the left side
will download the specified file even if it is a text file which
normally would be displayed in the browser. A click on one of the
normal links will show configuration files (text), CSS files (text) and
images in the browser but will download zip files.
Here is a small description for each of the project files and the
reason why you need or don’t need them for your project:
footprint.zip (contains the file footprint.php)
This is the footprint main application and absolutely necessary.
You have to unzip the file before you use it. It is compressed so
that you can download and send it by e-mail. This file is located in
the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".
footprint.cfg
This is the footprint configuration file and is absolutely necessary
and is located in the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".You
can open it with a text editor and customize your company data:
// ==================================================
// Specify the company data.
// ==================================================
$company_name
= "PB-Soft";
$company_website
= "www.pb-soft.com";
$company_reg_link = "www.pb-soft.com";
$company_reg_email = "[email protected]";
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The company information is the most important data you have to
customize!
Attention: Please check that your company data, especially
the e-mail address, is correct!
If you want you can also change the default language, the screen
size and the test patterns for the user input verification. Normally
these parameters don’t have to be changed.
footprint.css
This is an additional cascading style sheet. If you want you can
modify this CSS file and change the appearance of the footprint
generator. This file is not necessary to run the footprint generator.
If the footprint generator does not find this file he will use his builtin CSS style but if this file is available (in the same directory like
the footprint generator) it will be used instead of the built-in styles.
This file is located in the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".
title.gif
This is an additional graphic file so that the title of the footprint
generator looks nicer. You also can create your own background
file for the footprint title. It just has to be a file with the following
properties:
File format:
Height in pixel:
Width in pixel:
gif
60
1
This file is not absolutely necessary. If the footprint generator does
not find the file he will show the title without the title graphic. Here
you can see the difference:
Title without the graphic file:
Title with the graphic file:
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This file is located in the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".
table.gif
This is an additional graphic file so that the table headers of the
footprint generator look better. You also can create your own
background file for the table header. It just has to be a file with the
following properties:
File format:
Height in pixel:
Width in pixel:
gif
35
1
This file is not absolutely necessary. If the footprint generator does
not find the file he will show the table headers without the table
graphic. Here you can see the difference:
Table header without the graphic file:
Table header with the graphic file:
This file is located in the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".
footprint.ge
This is an additional language file for the German language. If you
don't need the German language this file is not absolutely
necessary. If the footprint generator does not find this language
file he will display only the English version. If the file is present the
links for the available languages will be displayed:
This file is located in the directory "pblicense/export/footprint".
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validate.zip (contains the file validate.php)
This is the validation engine and absolutely necessary. You have
to unzip the file before you use it. It is compressed so that you can
download and send it by e-mail. This file is located in the directory
"pblicense/export/validate".
To integrate the project files into your own project just download
them to your local computer, unzip the two compressed files and
copy all the files together to the same directory like your script
which you want to protect. That’s all!
22.2 MD5 Hashes
The second area displays the MD5 hashes of the validation
engines. It is very important that this information is always correct
because the application will check the MD5 hash of the validation
engine before the function to check the license is included into the
application. Without the correct validation engine (correct MD5
hash) the application will never run! The table displays the
different validation engine hashes available:
If the banner is green everything is ok. If the banner is red there is
something wrong with the MD5 hashes, maybe the specified MD5
hash in the configuration file is wrong or a validation engine file is
corrupt.
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22.3 Product Files
The third area displays all the product files which are necessary to
configure the product specific part. Normally these files are unique
for each of your protected applications.
Here is a small description for each of the files and the reason why
you need them for your project:
product_x.php
This file contains all the product specific information (product x) for
the footprint generator to create a product specific footprint. All the
configuration settings you made with the configuration editor are
saved to this file. It would be the best if you encode this file but it’s
not absolutely necessary.
If you do not encode this configuration file, your customer can
change the settings before creating a footprint. The only thing
which will happen is that his application never will work because
the created footprint will be invalid - But it could be a problem if
you have to support this case and you don't know that the
configuration file was altered by the customer!
Please download the product file and copy the file to the same
directory like your script which you want to protect.
product_x.code
This file contains the product specific php code which you have to
copy into your application which you want to protect. Please see
the chapter "Code Integration" for information about how to
integrate the product code into your own project.
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23 Code Integration
To integrate the necessary files into your project please click on the link
"File Integration" on the link panel. The following window will display all
the necessary files for the integration of the PBlicense software into your
own project.
23.1 Display the PHP code
The table "PBlicense Product Files" list all the product codes:
To download the product code file to your local computer please
click on the download link "DL" on the left side:
You will be asked where you want to store the file and you can
choose a local folder on your computer:
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To display the necessary php code for one of your products,
please click on the product code link "product_x.code" on the
right side:
The product code for the specified product will be displayed and
you can copy the php code into your application:
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23.2 Customize your Configuration File
You can copy the definition of the username and organization to
your configuration file. Your customer later has to specify his
name and organization (red part). So that part has to be in a file
which is NOT encoded. This is normally the configuration file of
the application.
// =============================================
// Specify the username and organization
// =============================================
$username
= "Peter Example";
$organization = "Example Inc.";
Attention: Please be sure that the configuration file which
contains the username and organization specification is NOT
encoded! The user later needs to edit this file and insert his
name and organization!
23.3 Customize your Application File
Next we will explain the created php code which you can use in
your own script (without the blue line numbers!):
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<?php
include_once("configuration.php");
$check[0] = $username;
$check[1] = $organization;
$check[2] = "Calculator";
$check[3] = "2.0";
$check[4] = 2;
$check[5] = 0;
$check[6] = "1111100000";
$check[7] = "9dui48t7ezh4e7fz3gh773u478rff7";
$md5_hash = "cbc11318f741416a56b53d2e75c6e1e4";
if (md5_file("validate.php") == $md5_hash)
{
include_once("validate.php");
$data['status'] = 0;
$data = license_check($check);
}
if ($data['status'] == 1)
{
// Your PHP code ...
}
?>
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Code line 1
Begin of the PHP script.
Code line 2
The configuration file "configuration.php" of your application is
included into the protected script. Inside the configuration file the
username and organization of the customer should be specified
(The customer can later edit the file and insert his name and
organization).
Code line 3
The name of the user which was obtained from the configuration
file is added to the array "$check" on position 0.
Code line 4
The name of the organization which was obtained from the
configuration file is added to the array "$check" on position 1.
Code line 5
The name of the application which is hardcoded is added to the
array "$check" on position 2. If the application name option was
selected the validation engine will check this name against the
name specified in the encrypted license string.
Code line 6
The application version which is hardcoded is added to the array
"$check" on position 3. If the application version option was
selected the validation engine will check this version against the
version specified in the encrypted license string.
Code line 7
The IP address range which is hardcoded is added to the array
"$check" on position 4. If the server address option was selected
the validation engine will check the server IP address with this
range against the IP address specified in the encrypted license
string.
Code line 8
The version range which is hardcoded is added to the array
"$check" on position 5. If the application version option was
selected the validation engine will check the application version
with this range against the version specified in the encrypted
license string.
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Code line 9
The option flags which are hardcoded are added to the array
"$check" on position 6. Specifies which configuration options will
be checked by the validation engine. 1 means enabled and 0
means disabled.
Code line 10
The product key which is hardcoded is added to the array
"$check" on position 6. The product key is used as the encryption
key for the license file and always has to be encoded!
Code line 11
The MD5 hash which is hardcoded is stored into the variable
"$md5_hash". Before the script checks the license file it checks if
the validation engine was not modified and the MD5 hash is
correct. If the validation engine hash does not match, the
application will not run.
Code line 12
Check if the MD5 hash of the validation engine "validate.php"
match the MD5 hash stored in the variable $md5_hash".
Code line 13
Begin of the code block which is executed if the MD5 hashes
match.
Code line 14
Include the validation engine "validate.php" into the application.
Code line 15
Set the license status to zero. For security reasons the license
status is set to NOT VALID before the license will be validated.
Code line 16
Call the validate function to check the license file and store the
result into the array "$data".
Code line 17
End of the code block which is executed if the MD5 hashes match.
Code line 18
Check if the license status in valid.
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Code line 19
Begin of the code block which is executed if the license status is
valid.
Code line 20
Execute the code of your PHP application.
Code line 21
End of the code block which is executed if the license status is
valid.
Code line 22
End of the PHP script.
Attention: Be sure that your php application which contains
this or a similar code is ALWAYS ENCODED!
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23.4 License Information Array
The validation engine always returns an array which contains the
following license information which can be used in every script:
$data['software_grade']
Software grade which was specified before the license file was
created, like Standard.
$data['start_date']
Contains the start-date which was specified before the license file
was created, like 20.11.2005.
$data['end_date']
Contains the end-date which was specified before the license file
was created, like 20.12.2005.
$data['creation_date']
Contains the creation date of the license file, like 25.10.2005.
$data['duration']
Contains the license duration in days, like 30.
$data['status']
Contains the license status: 0 = license invalid, 1 = license valid.
$data[‘message’]
Contains a message about the validation result, like License is
not valid!
$data[‘filename’]
Contains the filename of the license file, like 301105193352.pbl.
After checking the license file you can use these array values in
your script but check first if the value is set. Example: If the license
file could not be read there is no start- or end-date available but
the status or the message is available!
The most important array value is $data['status'], because it
depends on the status if your script will run (license valid) or stop
(license not valid).
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24 Tools
24.1 PBlicense Frontend
The PBlicense frontend can be used to give your website visitors
access to trial licenses for your products. You can specify the
different application settings for the frontend in the configuration
file "pblicense/configuration/weblicense.cfg". You can open the
frontend with a click on the button "PBlicense - Frontend" on the
PBlicense Main Menu, through a link on the "License Generator"
page or also directly by entering the URL (Example:
http://example.com/pblicense/front/frontend.php) in your browser:
The frontend works similar to the license generator of the main
application, but the visitor can only insert the footprint and if
enabled the access code to create a license file. All the options
are disabled. The license duration is specified in the configuration
file. The user has to go through the following three steps to create
a new license file:
Copy a valid footprint into the text area.
Enter his access code into the form field.
Click on the button "Create License".
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If all the input data is correct a new license will be created and the
user can save the license file to his local computer or display it in
a new browser tab/window:
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24.2 License Analysis Tool
Overview
The License Analysis Tool can be used to check an existing
license file, get information about the validation process and see
what is the problem if an error occurs during validation. This tool
consists of the following files:
analysis.php
application.cfg
validate.php
xxxxxxxxxxxx.pbl
(main script to analyze license files)
(emulates the customer computer)
(validation engine for testing MD5 hash)
(license file which has to be checked)
Because normally we can not analyze the customers license on
the customers computer, we have to emulate (or override) the
settings the customer computer provides for creating a system
footprint. The configuration file "application.cfg" allows us to
specify exactly the same settings like the customer computer
would provide and therefore the license (created for the customer
computer) will also work locally.
This method would also work for every script you distribute to your
customers and they would not have to buy a license from you, but
the only difference is that your script which contains the php code
to protect your product has to be ENCODED and therefore can not
be altered by your customers!
Edit the Configuration
To check a license file you first have to edit and customize the
configuration file "pblicense/analysis/application.cfg" and make
some changes. Please check the example configuration file on the
next page:
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Line 15 -19 specifies the server variables which have to match the
settings of the webhost where the application normally is running.
If you are testing on another host you have to edit these values:
Line 25 - 26 specify the name and organization of the licensee.
Normally those values are provided by the configuration file of the
application. Please edit the settings so that they match the data of
the license file (you can open the license file with a text editor and
copy the username and organization):
Line 33 - 38 specify the product specific settings. You can get the
exact settings by opening the configuration of your product on the
"File Integration" page:
Line 45 specifies the script path. Please edit this variable and
enter the path to the script file on the customers host.
Line 50 specifies the MD5 hash of the validation engine.
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Analyze a License File
If you have customized the configuration file you can run the
analyzing script from the PBlicense Main Menu. The license will
be analyzed ad a detailed report will be displayed.
The analysis consists of 37 steps and for every step there will be a
success message displayed. If the message banner is green the
step has completed successfully, if the banner is red an error has
occurred. On the following image you can see the step 1 which
was completed successfully:
If there is an error, you can see where it has occurred. In the
following example the error occurred in step 34 and the message
indicates that the two footprint does not match:
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25 Backup
Attention: Please make backups frequently!
If you have a backup and don’t need it it’s much better that if you
need a backup but don’t have it!
It's very easy to backup PBlicense! You just can backup the whole
PBlicense directory! There is no database to backup, just backup the
whole directory "pblicense" with all subdirectories included and copy the
backup to a save place! It’s not a lot of data, normally it will be less than
10 MB (including this user manual)!
Attention: Please make backups frequently!
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26 Buying PBlicense
PBlicense was made to help developers to protect their applications
against unlicensed use.
Unlike other applications you don’t have to worry about the number of
licenses you will create. With PBlicense you can create as many licenses
as you want. There is no extra fee for license packages or yearly fees to
use PBlicense!
If you buy PBlicense you can use it as long as you want. The purchase
price includes all new versions during one year and also a superior
customer support.
We offer trial versions for all of our software products so that you can test
them and check if they run on your server without any problems and of
course if you like the software. We believe that you should only pay for a
product that you like and only for software you can test before you have
to buy it!
Please test the trial version before you buy a license!
If you like the PBlicense application you can buy an unlimited license
from the PB-Soft Website.
If you have registered PBlicense you should send us a new footprint (see
section "Unlock the Software") and we will send you the license file for
the full version of PBlicense.
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27 Licenses
PBlicense also uses some external software which is listed below. We
would like to thank the creators for letting us use their software!
You can find all the following license files in the subdirectory "licenses":
licence_apache.txt
(Apache License)
license_pblicense.txt
(PBlicense License)
license_pclzip.txt
(PCLzip License)
license_php.txt
(PHP License)
license_zend.txt
(Zend License)
27.1 Apache Webserver
For the localhost installation package the Apache Webserver is
used. The Apache Webserver uses the "Apache License",
Version 2.0, from January 2004.
Apache Website: ... http://www.apache.org
License Link: ......... http://www.apache.org/licenses/
Local License: ....... license_apache.txt
27.2 PclZip Library
For the PBlicense Installer Script the PHPConcept PclZip Library
is used. With this library the installer can compress and
decompress files and folders during the installation. The
PHPConcept PclZip Library uses the "GNU Lesser General
Public License", Version 2.1, from February 1999.
Application Author: ........ Vincent Blavet
PHPConcept Website: .. http://www.phpconcept.net
License Link: ................. http://www.gnu.org
Local License: ............... license_pclzip.txt
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27.3 PHP-Package
For the localhost installation package the PHP package is used.
The PHP-Package uses "The PHP License", Version 3.01, 1999 2010.
PHP Website:................ http://www.php.net
License Link: ................. http://www.php.net/license/
Local License: ............... license_php.txt
27.4 Zend Optimizer
For the localhost installation package the Zend Optimizer is used.
The Zend Optimizer uses the "Zend License Agreement".
PHP Website:................ http://www.zend.com
Local License: ............... license_zend.txt
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28 Support
If you have a question or a problem while installing or using PBlicense,
please contact us - we are always glad to help you!
You can contact us using the following methods:
Website:
http://www.pb-soft.com
Webstore:
http://www.pb-soft.com
E-Mail Address:
[email protected]
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29 Feedback
We always like feedback from you so that we can improve our products.
We don’t want only positive feedback; we also like constructive criticism
so we can change for the better.
If you think there is something missing or there is an error in this manual,
please contact our support so we can add the missing information or fix
the error in the manual!
Thank you a lot for your attention and have a nice day!
Patrick Biegel
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