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Exploring The Different License Types on

Exploring The Different License Types on


Curious about the variety of license types available for your favorite 3D applications? Whether you are interested in a floating license of Enscape, Free Trial of V-Ray, Educational license for Rhino or a Fixed license of Corona? Let's dive in and explore which license is best suited for your needs and workflow.


Fixed (Node-Locked) License (Commercial)

Accessibility: A fixed license binds the software to a single machine or device, limiting its use to that specific workstation.

Target Audience: Ideal for individual users or small teams who require the software on a particular computer.

Management: This license type is straightforward to manage due to its restriction to a single machine, eliminating the need for managing a pool of licenses or monitoring concurrent usage.

Cost: Fixed licenses typically involve a one-time purchase, annual or 3yr subscription fee, making them a straightforward investment for static use cases.


Educational License (EDU)

Accessibility: Offered at a reduced rate or for free, educational licenses are intended strictly for educational purposes and may come with certain usage restrictions.

Target Audience: Students, educators, and academic institutions benefit the most from this type of license, enabling learning and teaching at a minimal cost.

Management: The management of educational licenses can vary; they might be issued as fixed licenses for individual users or as floating licenses for educational labs or institutions.

Cost: These licenses are either free or offered at a significant discount but are limited to educational use, providing an economical solution for academic environments.


Free Trial License

Accessibility: A free trial license allows temporary access to the full features of software for a limited time period, typically ranging from 7 to 30 days, to evaluate its capabilities.

Target Audience: New potential users looking to test the software before committing to a purchase are the primary users of trial licenses.

Management: Free trials are generally tied to an individual user or machine and include measures to prevent the reactivation of trial periods.

Cost: Trial licenses are free for the duration of the trial, after which the user must purchase the software to continue using it.


Floating License (Commercial)

Accessibility: Floating licenses are shared among a group of users. Depending on the software, this can be via a network or installed locally on each machine. The number of concurrent users can not exceed the total number of purchased licenses.

Target Audience: Businesses and organizations with flexible software access needs across multiple workstations, but not necessarily simultaneously, will find floating licenses especially beneficial.

Management: Managing floating licenses may require a license server to distribute access among users and to track the number of concurrent users accurately.

Cost: While the initial setup might be more complex, floating licenses are cost-effective for organizations, maximizing each license's utilization and offering flexible access for multiple users.


Perpetual License (Commercial)

Accessibility: Grants indefinite software access from the time of purchase, without the need for subscription renewals.

Target Audience: Suitable for users or organizations preferring a one-time investment for ongoing access, without concern for the latest updates or support which are made available for an additional cost as they are released.

Management: Once purchased, the software can be used indefinitely, though updates or support may require additional fees or subscriptions.

Cost: Initially more expensive but potentially more cost-effective over time, especially for stable software needs without frequent upgrades.


With a clear understanding of the different software license types—from the individual-focused fixed license to the flexible floating license, the budget-friendly educational license, the try-before-you-buy free trial, and the long-term investment of a perpetual license—you can make an informed decision that aligns with your specific needs and usage patterns. Whether for personal use, educational purposes, temporary evaluation, organizational flexibility, or long-term stability, there's a licensing option designed to meet your criteria, ensuring efficient and cost-effective software use.

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