How many licenses do I need?

When determining how many Chartsmith licenses to purchase, you must calculate this based on two numbers: the total number of users who will ever use Chartsmith, and the number of computers upon which Chartsmith will run. The number of licenses necessary is the smaller of those two numbers. Note, this is NOT the minimum of the number of users who will use Chartsmith simultaneously and the number of computers.

Some examples may help.

  • An office of 5 people which uses Chartsmith on a single desktop machine will purchase just one license. If a laptop is added to the office, and Chartsmith will be run on the laptop too, then the total number of licenses purchased by the office will be 2.
  • For an office with 20 Macs and 30 people, all of whom will use Chartsmith, only 20 licenses are necessary.
  • For an office with 20 Macs and 30 people, 10 of whom will ever use Chartsmith, only 10 licenses are necessary.
  • For an office with 30 Macs and 30 people, all of whom will use Chartsmith but only 15 would use the application at any single point of time, 30 licenses are necessary.

An insufficient number of licenses purchased is a violation of the End User Agreement.

Volume Discounts

Volume discounts are available - we'd rather negotiate a favorable price with you than have you in violation of the End User Agreement. Please email us at sales@blacksmith.com, or call us.

Licensing Instructions

To license Chartsmith, simply bring up the license panel (via the startup alert panel that displays when Chartsmith is unlicensed, or via the "License.." menu item found in the main Chartsmith menu), and perform these steps:
  1. Into the textfield marked "License Key" enter the license key you were provided.
  2. In the textfield marked "Name", enter your first and last name.
  3. Select the type of license you wish: Individual, Computer or Network (See below for more explanation of these options).
  4. Click "Add License" and the license will be registered.

Licensing Types

Individual
The Individual license is intended to be used by just one person, regardless if that person's computer is stand-alone or on a large network. By choosing this type of license, no one but the person logged in when the application is licensed can run Chartsmith. This license is stored in the user's home directory.
Computer
The Computer license is intended to be shared among some number of people that share the same computer. By chosing this type of license, only users who use the computer on which Chartsmith is being run when it is licensed will be able to access this license and run Chartsmith. This scenario is for a group of people who share a single computer. This license is stored in the root level Library folder (found on the Macintosh HD volume in the Finder), so it is accessible to all users of that computer.
Network
The Network license is intended to be shared among some number of people that share a Macintosh (LAN) network. You would only use this license type if you purchase a license for more than one user. This type of license should be used by groups of people who have purchased a multi-user license and will access the license from across the network. The license key is stored in the root level Network/Library folder and thus is accessible to anyone on the network.

Without a valid license key, Chartsmith can operate in demo mode where printing and image export are disabled.

When more than one license is accessible to a user, the order that the licenses are put in use will be: Individual licenses first, then Computer licenses then Network licenses. An example of when this is important is when a person, who is connected to a network where a multi-user Chartsmith license resides, purchases his own personal copy of Chartsmith and licenses it using an individual license type. When he runs Chartsmith, his individual license will be used, not the network license for mutliple users.

Any questions, email us at chartsmith@blacksmith.com.