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Setting Up, Licencing and using SimplyPats Version 6 for the first time

This guide is aimed towards users that have just purchased SimplyPats Version 6 and are installing and Licencing the software for the first time. Or for those users that have upgraded from a previous version and are installing and Licencing for the first time.

Installing SimplyPats Version 6

This part of the guide will give you a basic overview of installing SimplyPats from CD or Digital Download. It is in no way intended to be a detailed guide for every available operating system, as this could quite easily cover many pages.

Installing from CD

Insert the CD into the drive, after a few moments the Auto Install routine should start guiding you through the install process, simply follow the instructions given.

If installing on Windows Vista, we recommend that you cancel the Auto Install Routine and install the software as Administrator. To do this, go to My Computer and Right Click on the CD Drive Icon and choose explore. Right Click on the SimplyPats 6 Setup Icon and choose Run as Administrator.

Installing from Digital Download

We would recommend that you download the file prior to installing. Download the file to your Desktop or a known location, such as My Documents. Once downloaded, double click on the file to start the install process. If installing on Windows Vista, please read the above comment.

What do I need to licence my SimplyPats Version 6 software

You will need the following

    • SimplyPats Version 6 installed on the PC you want to use it on
    • Internet connection (not required but recommended, see below)
    • Serial Number
    • Licence Number
    • Licence Key (this is sent to you via email after completing the online licence form)

No internet connection? Licencing can be done over the phone if no other option is available, however any PC that can connect to the internet can be used to licence your software, you just need to make a note of your Serial Number and Licence Number and enter these into the correct web page.

What do all the numbers mean?

There are several numbers mentioned and used when Licencing your software. For the purpose of this guide, we will refer to them as numbers or keys even though they may contain numbers and letters (Alphanumeric).

Serial Number

If your software has been supplied on CD, the Serial Number can be found on a sticker inside the box (UK Users), 3rd Party suppliers may display the Serial Number in a different place. The Serial Number will look something like this (see figure 1)

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Figure 1

The XXX-XXXX-XXXX-X will be your Serial Number and may be a mixture of Numbers and Letters.

If your software has been sent digitally via email, then the Serial Number will be included in the email.

Licence Number

The Licence Number is a unique 24 digit number (Shown in figure 3 below) generated from the software itself. To obtain your Licence Number you must have SimplyPats Version 6 installed on the PC that you want to use it on. The Licence Number is unique to the PC you are installing the software on, therefore you can not use the Licence Number from one PC to obtain a Licence Key for another PC.

    • Run your SimplyPats Version 6 software.
    • Close the Welcome screen if it appears so you are back to the main SimplyPats program screen.
    • On the File Menu click Help and choose Licence SimplyPats (as shown below in Figure 2)

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Figure 2

You will now see the Licence Screen (as shown below in Figure 3)

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Figure 3

The Licence screen will initially just contain your Licence Number, the long number in the yellow box, you will enter the Licence Key later.

Licence Key

The Licence Key is the final number needed to unlock the software, this is sent to you via email if licencing your software online. The Licence Key provided is unique to every PC.

Can I use the Licence Details given to me to Licence the software on more than one PC?

No, as mentioned above the Licence Number and Licence Key are unique to every PC, the Licence Key sent to you will only work on the PC that originally generated the Licence Number.

Once your Serial Number has been used to Licence an installation of SimplyPats Version 6, it can not be used again to Licence another installation of the software.

Users will need to contact support if they need to install the software again.

Licencing your SimplyPats Version 6 Software

It is important to remember that at this present time, your SimplyPats Version 6 software can only be Licenced online once, you will need to contact support if another Licence Key is required.

We refer to two types of user for Licencing purposes; A New User and an Upgrade User. It is important that you know which type of User you are when Licencing your software as the web page for each user is different.

A New User is someone that has purchased a new copy of SimplyPats never having owned a previous version. These Users should use the following Web Page;

http://www.simplypats.co.uk/SP6_Register.aspx

An Upgrade User is someone that has purchased an Upgrade to SimplyPats having owned a previous version. These Users should use the following Web Page;

http://www.simplypats.co.uk/SP6_Version6_Upgrade.aspx

You may find it easier to access the correct Web Page from the Licence Screen in SimplyPats itself, see below.

To Licence your SimplyPats Version 6 software for the first time Online, you need two pieces of information;

    • Valid SimplyPats Version 6 Serial Number
    • Licence Number

As mentioned above, the Serial Number is provided on a sticker or via email, while the Licence Number is generated from within the software.

On the Licence Screen in the software itself (see figure 3), we have tried to give you a few options which make it easier to provide us with the Licence Number while going to the correct Web Page.

    • Run your SimplyPats Version 6 software.
    • Close the Welcome screen if it appears so you are back to the main SimplyPats program screen.
    • On the File Menu click Help and choose Licence SimplyPats (as shown in Figure 2 above)

You will notice that the Licence Screen has 3 buttons above the Licence Number;

Copy Licence Number to Clipboard

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Pressing Clip Bd button will copy the current Licence Number to the Computers Clip Board, meaning it copies it to Memory. This is especially useful if you want to send the Licence Number via email or enter it into the Web Page if not automatically entered.

To copy the Licence Number into an email or the Licence Number field on the Licence Web Page simply right Mouse Click and choose Paste.

For NEW SimplyPats users click here for Licencing On Web

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Pressing the Licnce button will launch your default Web Browser with the Licence Page (for NEW Users) open, the Licence Number should have also been automatically entered into the Licence Number field for you, leaving you to complete the rest of the required fields.

If UPGRADING to SimplyPats 6 click here for Licencing on Web

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Pressing the Upgrd button will launch your default Web Browser with the Licence Page (for UPGRADE Users) open.

This page requires just two pieces of information, your Serial Number and Licence Number, both need to be entered manually so we would suggest using the Copy Licence Number to Clipboard option mentioned above to enter the Licence Number correctly.

Finally, getting your Licence Key

If you are a New SimplyPats user, your Licence Key will be sent to the email address you entered when you filled out the Licence form online.

If you are an Upgrade user, your Licence Key will be sent to the email address that you entered when you Licenced your original SimplyPats software. If this needs to be changed, along with any other details that may have changed, please notify us when ordering your upgrade.

If you have manually provided us with your Licence Number via email, your Licence Key will be emailed to you using the email address used to send the Licence Number, unless you state otherwise.

Activating SimplyPats Version 6 using your Licence Key

If you have received your Licence Key, it can now be entered into SimplyPats and the Licence procedure can be completed.

    • Make a note of the Licence Key, write it down or print out the email.
    • Run SimplyPats if it is not already running and close the welcome screen so you can see the main screen.
    • Open the Licence Screen (Help > Licence SimplyPats) as shown in Figure 2 above.
    • In the Licence Screen enter the Licence Key in the Licence Key box.
    • Press Ok to complete the process and close the Licence Screen.

If you have any issues Licencing your SimplyPats software please contact support.


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