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Companion licences

Here are some answers to frequent questions about Companion licensing:

How do I obtain the Companion software?

You can download and distribute the complete Companion software MSI file or ClickOnce install from this website.  You will then be able to use a number of the facilities including data entry and drill down tables without a licence, however you will need a licence for many of the features.

The downloaded software has a complete help file which is also available as a PDF manual and as an on-line manual.

There is a separate Input program for those who only need to enter data.

What is a Companion licence?

A licence is a small XML file that you obtain from the authors or from your dealer.  This licence is activated on each PC using the Companion [Tools] menu.  Once activated you will be able to access the licensed modules.

Licences typically last for one year, although shorter and longer licences are available.

What is an extended Companion licence?

These licences enable extra facilities useful for large or complex projects, see extended Companion for details of these additional facilities.

How do I activate my licence?

To activate a licence with the [Tools] menu you need a key and a password which will be sent by your dealer, as well as the licence XML file itself.

You can have a number of licences activated on the same PC.  Modules will be available if they are in any of the current "live" licences.

How do I get upgrades?

You can download a new version of the Companion at any time from this website or your dealer's.  You do not need a new licence unless you wish to use facilities that your current licence does not include.

You can have a number of Companion versions installed at the same time on your computer.  Your activated licences will work with any version of the software that is not more than 2 years old.

What about my projects if I no longer have a licence?

The free facilities in the Companion are provided so that users without a current licence can still get access to project data and meta-data in a usable form.  In particular anyone can use the QPSMR Companion to convert QPSMR project files into a triple-s project for use with other software.

What is the Microsoft .NET  Framework?

The .NET Framework is a set of Microsoft programs that are needed to run .NET programs.   You need the correct version of the Framework to be installed before you can run .NET programs that rely on it.  You can have any number of Frameworks installed at the same time.

The .NET Framework is included with recent Windows operating systems.

If you do not have the relevant .NET Framework installed on your computer you will be prompted to download this when you install the Companion software.