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|OSoLiS's software registration service and how it works
Buying try-before-you-buy software
Programs that are distributed with a free trial
period, sometimes know as 'shareware' or 'trialware', come with an
evaluation license to use it for a limited period
of time. Before the temporary license expires, you must either permanently
un-install it or buy a full license. OSoLiS is an agent which
specialises in collecting payments and issuing licenses on behalf of
System for Issuing and Verifying Licenses
OSoLiS employs a system known as 'SIVL'
(sounds like 'civil'; abbreviates 'System for Issuing and Verifying Licenses')
that has been tailor-built for handling the registration of try-before-you-buy
software. Programs that adhere to SIVL are known
as 'SIVL-compliant' and are purchased/registered here.
The purchase/registration process
Rather than sending you a registration code to type
in, we e-mail you a small file to save on your computer. Every SIVL-compliant
program installed on your computer can then check whether or not it
A few points to note:
- You do not need to have access to the Internet from your own computer.
You can buy/register your software at any Internet-connected computer (e.g. your
workplace or a public access terminal) so long as you are able to copy your Personal
License Register to your own computer (e.g. via a floppy disk). You will however need
to supply a valid e-mail address. If you do not have a personal e-mail address,
- You can re-install or update a licensed program
and it will still recognize that it is licensed (no need to dig out
an old registration code).
- If you lose your Personal License Register, you
need only log in and download
a new copy.
- Our system will automatically
recognize if you are eligible for a quantity or upgrade discount
because it remembers what you've previously bought.
The steps involved in buying/registering a
program are detailed here, and illustrated