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FORUM8 Subscription Service

FORUM8 Subscription gives you more control over how and how long you want to use our software
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Service begins on April 1, 2016
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Service Overview and Features
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As from April 1, 2016, once the maintenance period of your existing license(s) expires we will no longer be providing renewals and version upgrades for them. They will automatically be updated to subscription licenses via Internet. Once updated, you no longer need to do any paper work for subscription renewal or remember your passwords. The duration of your current contract for the product(s) you own will of course remain the same.

Rental Access License is a new option available under the new subscription model. If you would prefer to use USB or NetPRO key for license activation, you can do so at an additional cost.

User benefits gained from the transition to subscripting licensing model
Subscription license allows immediate access to the latest versions
The best solution for software bugs and issues is to always use the latest versions of the software. With a subscription license you always have immediate access to the latest versions. Old versions are not covered by the technical support service.

Benefits of Automatic License Renewal, Rental Access Licenses
As the subscription licenses are subject to automatic renewal you no longer need to worry about expiry date of your licenses. Rental Access Licenses is an option you may take up should you wish to use more licenses than you currently own for a specific period of your choice, giving you an effective and efficient license management experience. Registration to Rental Access Licenses is free.

License management has become safer and easier than ever
USB hardware protection keys are no longer required. All your licenses are managed 'on cloud', eliminating the 'worry' about losing keys.

Guarantees the correct use of the software license and prevents copyright violations.
Subscription licensing policy helps prevent the unwanted breach of the license agreement and the violation of license copyright. We will continue to offer USB protect keys and NetPRO licenses as paid options if so desired.

For your info: An excerpt from License Agreement for Program Use for FORUM8 products.
In principle, a license can only be used on 1 machine to which the license is registered.
http://www.forum8.co.jp/forum8/siyo-e.htm

Startup Launcher - free of charge
We have developed a Startup Launcher - with a visually intuitive menu displaying the full range of UC-win/UC-1 series products - for efficient and intuitive license management, which will be offered to you free of charge.
The menu includes a flow chart illustrating our software's seamless linkage with other 3rd party applications that you can refer to, to achieve greater software versatility.

Support Content

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Subscription based model licensing:
You can choose the licensing options that best fits your style of software use from the following.


Subscription Service Licensing Options
FORUM8 Subscription License You will always have access to the latest versions of FORUM8 products and all the technical support you need. Subscription comes with free first year maintenance and technical support. After 1 year, license is renewed automatically.

Floating license available at an additional cost allows access to the FORUM8 product(s) for which you are subscribed from any PC in the world. WAN license can be transferred to Subscription USB license for free.

If you wish to continue using our existing USB key, you may also opt for Subscription USB/NetPRO/WAN which will allow you to do so.
FORUM8 Rental License /Rental Access License If you wish to cut down on initial cost, you may opt for rental licenses that have duration of 1 month, 3 month, and 1 year.

Floating license gives you even greater flexibility over software accessi- bility, allowing you access from any PC in the world. If you opt for Rental Access License, you can increase the number of licenses you own and use these additional licenses for a specific period of time (1 month or 3 month) at your discretion. Once you sign up for this option, you can use the additional license for that period. We will later send you an invoice based on your usage log.
FORUM8 Cloud Service This subscription license renewable on monthly-basis allows you to take advantage of FORUM8 Cloud Service and share and save your files on cloud to instigate a collaborative project with your peers.

Comes with an online password-secured CRM and an private bulletin boards to help you manage your customers and time efficiently.

Transition from maintenance contract / Newly subscribe / Contract renewal:
-As from April 1, 2016, once the maintenance period of your existing license(s) expires, they will automatically be transferred to subscription licenses.
-Valid term of subscription licenses will always end after 1 full year on the last day of the month on which they are purchased or renewed.
*For example, whether subscription license is purchased on July 1st or on July 31st, the subscription is valid until July 31st the following year.

Transition step:
-License transition from current NetPRO or USB can be done with RUS (Remote Update System) toolVer.5. The update is only once by connecting the current USB on the Internet.
-As to the users who are using Web authentication, it will be updated to the subscription automatically.
-USB or NetPRO will be available in the options (subscriptionUSB/NetPRO/WAN)

Launcher:
-A Startup Launcher for managing your licenses will be provided free of charge.
-Startup Launcher is an integrated license management tool with a menu driven interface that intuitively displays detail of owned licenses and other products you may wish to refer to.
-The menu also includes a flow chart illustrating our software's seamless linkage with other 3rd party applications to help you get the most out of our software experience.


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Unsubscribe:
-If you wish to unsubscribe, please email us at least 1 month prior to the renewal month and we will guide you through the unsubscribe procedure.
-If there is no application to unsubscribe, the invoice will be issued automatically.
-It will cost based on the new purchase price to use products after you unsubscribe
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Rental Access License:
-License(s) may be added to the licenses of a particular product you already own to be used temporarily as Rental Access License(s).
-Rental Access License registration form need to be filled out prior to usage.
-All users with Subscription License(s) may opt for "Rental Access License".
-All users with Subscription Floating License(s) may opt for "Rental Floating Access License".
-When all of your product licenses are in usage, you have to choose whether you apply for Rental Access License or not. If you choose not to apply, you cannot get activation.
-An invoice with an amount based on your usage will be sent to you at 3 month intervals from the month you registered for your Rental Access License(s).
-Once you use Rental Access License in a month, then it will be counted as usage for one month regardless of the number of times or dates of utilization. The month that you don't use the Rental Access License is not counted.

For further inquires please contact us.

mailto: forum8@forum8.co.jp

Subscription restrictions:

Types of license

Subscription

Rental License

Subscription
USB

Subscription
NetPRO

Subscription
WAN

Engineer's Suite

Cloud Services

Licensing System

Web

Web

USB (MultiPRO)

USB (NetPRO)

USB (NetPRO)

Web

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Perpetual?

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Auto update to latest version

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access to Old Versions(*2)

Yes(*1)

Yes(*1)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes(*1)

No

License Duration

1 year

1 month, 2 month, 3 month, 6 month (Choose from one of the above)

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 year

1 month

Access from any PC

Need Subscription Floating Option

Need Floating Option

Yes

Yes

Yes

Need Floating Option

Yes

Availability for WAN Licensing
(Access from any PC in the world)

Need Subscription Floating Option

Need Floating Option

No

No

Yes

Need Floating Option

Yes

Temporary offline use

Yes (excl. Floating)

Yes (excl. Floating)

Yes

No

No

Yes (excl. Floating)

No

Rental Access

Optional No No No No Optional No

Comes with Basic SaaS License?

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Internet connection (for license activation)

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals
(once per year)

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals
(once per year)

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals
(once per year)

Required for initial activation and at regular intervals

Always required

64-bit support

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

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*1) Excludes old revision versions
*2) Old versions can have their license activated to be used. However, they are not covered by subscription contract, and hence are not subject to technical support. Operation and calculation results are not guaranteed.

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