Monday, July 10, 2006

FLEXnet vs FLEXlm

FLEXnet 10.8 is what AutoCAD 2007 and the like uses for network licenses. It was named FLEXlm up to version 9.3. After that from version 10.1 it was renamed to FLEXnet.

GLOBEtrotter was acquired by Macrovision in 2000 and Macrovision eventually renamed FLEXlm to FLEXnet but still FLEXlm is often used and seen.

The problem is that even Macrovision doesn't follow their naming strictly.

Start lmtools.exe and on the first tab it says "Services allow FLEXnet...." as well as it might say at the bottom "No FLEXlm Services defined"

On the Start/Stop/Reread tab it says "FLEXnet license services installed..."

Update 2008-07-07: Still now that the company behind FLEXnet is Acresso many uses the name FLEXlm.

Update 2009-10-12: New company name is Flexera Software.

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