Licensing Overview

Configuration and Product Packaging

The Version 5 product packaging model is based on the concepts of configurations and products.


Configurations are a convenient and attractive way for you to order and install the adequate combination of products for each type of user, while offering a single solution from a licensing point of view.

There are two types of configurations:

  • standard configurations contain a pre-defined list of products, corresponding to most frequent user profiles across industries and processes. These configurations are offered at an attractive price compared to the sum of the individual product prices. 
  • the content of custom configurations is dynamically defined at ordering time, thus allowing you to adapt the configuration content to the most specific user needs. The content of a custom configuration is defined by adding individual products (see product delivered as "add-on" below) to an existing standard configuration. The result is a competitively priced solution, and remains a single solution from a licensing point of view.

After initial installation, the configuration mechanism lets you manage the evolution and growth of your user profile content by allowing you to add new products. The resulting new seat definition is still a single solution from a licensing point of view.

To be able to use Version 5, you need to purchase and acquire at least one configuration license.


Products are the elementary software building blocks for Version 5 installations. Version 5 software may be ordered as:

  • a standard configuration
  • an add-on product on top of a standard configuration to build a custom configuration
  • a shareable product:
    In this case the product is delivered with its own license key, allowing the user to obtain the license at the beginning of the session, or to leave it for another user. Prices of products ordered in this mode are different, versus "add-on" price, to take into account multiple users potential. Shareable product licenses do not have serial numbers.
    Shareable products concern the CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA DMU Navigator product lines only.
  • an Extra Product:
    An extra product is a standard product associated with certain configurations or products. At install time, if you select a configuration or a product which contains an extra product, a new dialog box is displayed allowing you to install (or not install) the extra product. An extra product cannot be licensed: it is free of charge. In additional install mode, the extra products already installed are listed along with the already installed standard products. Installation in batch mode also takes extra products into account. The CATSoftwareMgt[B] commands list the installed extra products along with the installed standard products.
    After installation, there is no possibility to differentiate the products installed as standard products or as extra products. Documentation installation does not manage extra products.

Licensing Types

In workstation environments, Version 5 controls the number of concurrent users of a Version 5 configuration or product, according to the number of licenses acquired for the configuration or product.

Version 5 delivers identical licensing mechanisms on UNIX and Windows environments, based on IBM License Use Management (LUM). The following licensing principles apply:

  • A Version 5 configuration (standard or custom) will require a license. Licenses for Version 5 configurations are acquired and released for the total configuration. The products within a configuration cannot be shared.
  • Version 5 shareable products will require a license, in addition to one for the prerequisite configuration and any prerequisite product, if applicable.
  • In all cases, licenses are acquired at the beginning of the process and are released at its termination.
  • Shareable product licenses may be acquired at the beginning of the process and released at its termination, or upon user request, acquired and released during the process (ability to acquire and release licenses is not available for configuration licenses). Shareable licenses acquired at the beginning of the session cannot be released before the end of the session; only licenses dynamically granted upon user request during the session can be released during the session.

Version 5 can be used in two licensing modes: nodelock or with concurrent usage of licenses on a network.

Nodelock Licensing

The use of local display of the hardware configuration is mandatory for Version 5 usage in nodelock mode. There is no limit to the number of Version 5 processes launched for a given license (configuration or product). For instance, a user can launch the following simultaneous processes:

  • A Version 5 interactive session
  • A Version 5 process executed through an OLE container application
  • Replay of macros recorded from captured sequences of Version 5 user interactions.

In nodelock mode of operation, only one license per configuration and product can be registered by machine, and only one user can run a license at a time. If you want multiple licenses per configuration or product, or multiple users, refer to Concurrent Licensing.

Nodelock licensing is available only for the CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA DMU Navigator product lines. 

ENOVIA V5 VPM and ENOVIA 3d com use concurrent licensing only.

Concurrent Licensing

For CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA DMU and RADE, a user on one machine on one display uses one license per configuration or product used, regardless of the number of processes. For ENOVIA V5 VPM and 3d com, an individual license is requested by each running process.

If the display changes, an additional license is reserved for the corresponding process.

Add-on and shareable products require a license for a configuration which includes at least the prerequisite products.

Licenses for Version 5 configurations are acquired and released for the total configuration. The functions within a configuration cannot be shared.

Concurrent licensing is implemented for all product lines.


Concurrent Offline Licensing

The concurrent license control technique is available via the LUM server. It gives CATIA, ENOVIA DMU, DELMIA and RADE applications running on a Windows laptop the ability to disconnect from the license server for a defined period of time, so that users can take advantage of the full license capability while mobile. During the checkout period the license is unavailable for use by another concurrent user.

This feature is designed to add additional flexibility to a user's work environment. It is offered to accommodate short-term travel needs and collaboration while away from a fixed office environment or server connection. All ICA terms and conditions, including Cross-Border licensing terms are unchanged, and users will checkout and check-in licenses at their home server, where rules and procedures are controlled by LUM.

Demo Usage

In addition to its normal mode of operation where all licensed functions are accessed, Version 5 is capable of running in demo mode, on UNIX and Windows, with some disabled functions (such as File->Save - see list below):

  • Existing Version 5 customers, who have a minimum of one regular license, can switch from standard mode to demo mode (Tools->Options->Licensing tab). As the user restarts a session, the demo mode will be automatically used.
  • Qualified prospects, who may be given the Version 5 code for evaluation purposes, are required to enter a special demo license key. This will ensure that the code starts automatically in demo mode.

With this mechanism, customers can explore add-on products for which they do not yet have a license. The qualified prospect can get first hands-on experience, verify the ease of use of Version 5, and create the first parts. In both cases, a favorable business environment is created for accelerating sales cycles.

When using Version 5 in demo mode, the following functions are disabled:

  • File Save and Save as
  • File Read (except for prepared Version 5 demo documents)
  • Embedding Version 5 documents in OLE documents
  • Opening Version 5 documents using OLE technology
  • Cutting, copying and pasting Version 5 documents with the Windows clipboard
  • Recording and replaying macros.

How Are Licenses Acquired?

Licenses can be acquired during a session using:

  • the License tab
  • the Shareable Products tab: licenses for shareable products can be acquired without exiting the current session.

Note that only shareable products in the CATIA product line can be acquired without exiting a session.