LEADTOOLS SDK Licensing - Value Driven, Business-friendly

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Licensing Overview.  LEAD offers several license models to customers designed to fit the needs of internal development projects as well as commercial software.  We understand that our standard license terms may not work for every customer’s situation. Therefore we encourage prospective customers to contact us directly to discuss all unique licensing requirements.  We have been licensing software for more than 20 years, and realize that software licensing needs to be sensible and easy to manage.  Our objective is to find a way to work with every customer and to ensure that they are adding value to their product by leveraging our technology.


Product Configurations. LEADTOOLS SDKs include stand alone SDKs and Add-on Modules and Plug-ins.  You must own a license to a standalone SDK to be eligible to purchase a license to an Add-on Module or Plug-in. In some cases, a specific standalone SDK is required in order to license a particular Add-on Module or Plug-in.

License Components. There are two major components to LEADTOOLS SDK licensing:  (i) the Development License, which covers the use of the LEAD SDK in the development of an end user application and (ii) the Deployment License, which covers the copying, distribution and  deployment of LEADTOOLS redistributable files as part of the resulting application.

Development License.  A development seat license is required for each developer installing and using LEADTOOLS, and for each application that utilizes LEADTOOLS technology.  Discounts are available for additional development licenses.  Team licenses, floating licenses and site licenses are also available.  Please inquire at oemsales@leadtools.com regarding these special cases.   For more information regarding Development Licenses, see online licensing help.

Deployment License.  A deployment license is required for the distribution or deployment, whether commercial or internal of an end user application that includes any of the LEADTOOLS redistributable files.  LEAD offers standard licensing models including stand alone desktops, named users, concurrent users, servers, ASP, SaaS and kiosks.  In addition to the standard deployment types, LEAD offers annual and multi-year quantity unlimited licenses, site and enterprise licenses, revenue share and other license options.  These special licenses are handled on a case-by-case basis.  Please inquire at oemsales@leadtools.com regarding these.  Lastly, with certain LEADTOOLS products, the deployment license is included with the Development License.  To get a quote for your deployment licensing needs, please fill out this form. For more information regarding Deployment Licenses, see online licensing help.


Development Products, OEM Licenses.  LEAD’s standard license only allows the development of an application for use by an end user.  If you are developing an application for use by software developers, such as an API, Class Library or similar component, a special license is required.  Similarly, if your product is being delivered with source code, or in an otherwise modifiable form, a special license is required.   Please inquire at oemsales@leadtools.com if you are involved in this type of development project.  For more information regarding OEM Licenses, see online licensing help.

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