ActiveReports 15 .NET Edition
ActiveReports 15 User Guide / License Your ActiveReports / Licensing a Developer Machine
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    You need to license the machine, on which, you open the ActiveReports or compile the ActiveReports projects in Visual Studio.

    Tip: Always run the License Manager as an Administrator.

    To license a machine with ActiveReports during installation or to license a trial without reinstalling

    1. Go to the Start menu and select GrapeCity License Manager to open the licensing manager window. This window appears automatically during the product installation.
    2. In the GrapeCity License Manager window, click Activate.
    3. Enter the serial key, you have received from GrapeCity (including all the capital letters and special characters), and click Activate.  
      GrapeCity License Manager window
    4. An activation message appears on the window. Click OK to complete the licensing process.
      To see the license details such as the license type (Trial or Product), edition (Professional or Standard), and the date of activation and expiry, click Details in the licensing window.

    To license ActiveReports on a machine without an internet connection

    1. Go to the Start menu and select GrapeCity License Manager to open the licensing manager window. This window appears automatically during the product installation.    
    2. In the GrapeCity License Manager window, if you try to enter the serial key and click Activate, a network error is shown on the window. So, in such a case, click Offline Activate to proceed further with the licensing process.
      GrapeCity License Manager window
    3. Copy the Activation Key from the GrapeCity License Manager window.
      Copying the Activation Key
    4. Visit the following website https://sa2.grapecity.com on the other machine (having an internet connection), and click Activation to use offline Activation key to activate the license.
      Note: Do not close the activation dialog on your original machine until the activation process is completed.

      GrapeCity License Service Page
    5. Enter the Activation Key you have copied in step 3 on the website, and click Activate again.Pasting Activation Key
    6. After a successful activation on the website, copy the License Data from the website and paste it in the licensing window.
      Copying License Data
    7. Click Activate and then OK to complete the licensing process.

    To activate a license for ActiveReports on multiple machines

    You can activate a single developer license key for ActiveReports on three machines for use by one developer.

    If you have used all the three license activations and you wish to license a fourth machine, for example, a virtual machine for use by the same licensed developer, then you must deactivate the license key from one of the three machines. For more information on this, see the section "To deactivate an ActiveReports license."

    After you have deactivated licensing on one of the machines, you can then activate ActiveReports on the other machine.

    To deactivate an ActiveReports license

    When you have used all the three of your license activations and you still want to license an another machine for your own use. So, in such a case you can deactivate an ActiveReports license on any of three machines to license the fourth machine.

    Follows these steps to deactivate an ActiveReports license on a machine:

    1. Go to the Start menu and select GrapeCity License Manager to open the licensing manager window.
    2. In the GrapeCity License Manager window, click Deactivate.
    3. In the Deactivation page, click Deactivate again to confirm the deactivation process.
    4. Click OK to complete the deactivation process.

    To determine whether a machine is licensed

    1. Open any sample in Visual Studio from the included samples located in C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\GrapeCity Samples\ActiveReports 15 and click the Preview tab.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the report and check for any red evaluation text. If there is any, it means your machine is not licensed.

    Note: To check for Professional Edition licensing, open a sample from the Professional folder, run it, and look for the evaluation messages.