When a GeoStudio online activation license is initially created, it resides on the GeoSlope license fulfillment server. When the user activates the license, the GeoStudio software communicates with the license fulfillment server to see if the license entitlement is available to transfer to the requesting computer. Once it is transferred, the license is marked as activated and your software is able to use the license entitlement.
At times, the license will need to be moved to another computer. The mechanism whereby it can be transferred to another computer is referred to as a "Return".
When the license is returned, the entitlement is transferred back to the GeoSlope license fulfillment server and removed locally from the computer it was activated on. The return is marked with a timestamp that records:
Once a return is initiated, it is put on a 30 day timer. The return cannot be used again until the timer has expired.
GeoSlope provides 10 returns with each activation license.
The following scenarios illustrate the Return mechanism in action:
That particular return would be unavailable for use until January 31. The license would still have 9 returns available to use. If the license was activated and returned again on January 5, the second return would be on a timer until February 4 and the license would have 8 returns available for use.
All returns for that day will have their timers initiated and be unavailable for use during the next 30 days. If this happened on January 14 and was activated / returned twice, those two returns would become available again on February 13.
Returns are designed for the computing environment where the overhead and cost of network licensing is prohibitive and the license only needs to be transferred a small number of times. If you find you are frequently hitting your return usage limit, you should contact GeoSlope for your options to convert your license entitlements to a network license.