What is WinCatalog?
System requirements
Quick start with WinCatalog
Operations with catalog
Creation, Saving and Opening
Importing from another collection
Exporting a part of the collection into another .wcat file
Generating Reports
Generating Reoprts
Report example: Modern
Report example: Classic
Report example: Simple
Operations with disks and folders
Adding a disk or a folder to the catalog
Remove the disks, folders and files from the catalog
Synchronizing a disk or folder in the catalog
Operations with individual files
Adding a file to the catalog
Remove files from the catalog
Synchronizing a file in the catalog
Move file to another location in the catalog
Operations with virtual folders
Function of virtual folders
Adding a virtual folder to the catalog
Remove the virtual folder from the catalog
Move virtual folder to another location in the catalog
Operations with custom records
Function of custom records
Adding a custom record to the catalog
Remove custom record from the catalog
Move custom record to another location in the catalog
Working with items of the collection
Viewing the item properties
Editing the comments
Working with keywords
Function of the keywords
Adding a keyword
Deleting keywords
Editing keywords
Linking keywords to items
Working with contact list
Contact list functions.
Adding a user
Removing a user
Editing the user data
Viewing the disks lent to the user.
Lending disks to users
Search in catalog
Search window
Search for Items: files, folders etc
Search for duplicates
Regular expressions search
User interface
The main window
WinCatalog Settings
Toolbar of the main window
Technical support and feedback
Technical support
Feedback form
License and ordering
End-user licence
Ordering info
Limitations of unregistered version
WinCatalog™ Upgrade Policy
How to activate WinCatalog
What is Product Activation Wizard?
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WinCatalog 2009 Online Help

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What is Product Activation Wizard?


What is Product Activation Wizard?


Due to piracy and other forms of unauthorized use, users cannot always be sure that they have a genuine copy of software. The goal of product activation is to reduce a form of piracy known as casual copying. Casual copying is the sharing and installation of software that is not in compliance with the software's end user license agreement and is estimated to contribute to half of all pirated installations. Product Activation helps ensure that each copy is installed in compliance with the end-user license and is not installed on more than the limited number (usually one) of computers allowed by the product license. We have worked to make it as easy as possible to activate a licensed installation of products.

During software registration, the registration wizard prompts you to enter a product key . The product key is a 25 character alphanumeric code shown in five groups of five characters each (for example, GBFTK-3UN78-MKF8G-T8GTY-NQS8R). Keep the product key in a safe location and do not share it with others. This product key forms the basis for your ability to use the software after the trial period.

For purposes of product activation only, a non-unique hardware identifier is created from general information that is included in the system components. At no time are files on the hard drive scanned, nor is personally-identifiable information of any kind used to create the hardware identifier. Product activation is completely anonymous. To ensure your privacy, the hardware identifier is created by what is known as a "one-way hash". To produce a one-way hash, information is processed through an algorithm to create a new alphanumeric string. It is impossible to calculate the original information from the resulting string.

Your product key and a hardware identifier are the only pieces of information required to activate the product.

If you activate via an Internet connection, the product key and a hardware identifier are sent automatically. When you decide to activate over the Internet, the product attempts to establish an online connection to the activation server,, by way of the Internet.

If an online connection cannot be established, you can activate yourself via the browser. In this case you will be prompted to enter the product key and a hardware identifier on a Web page, and will get an activation key in return.

Activation is completely anonymous; no personally identifiable information is required. The activation key can now be used to activate the product on that computer an unlimited number of times. However, if you need to install the product on a different computer, you will need to perform the activation process again. Please refer to your end-user license agreement for information about the number of computers you can install the software on.

Until you have activated your copy of the product, an Activation Reminder will occasionally pop up. This reminder will not appear after you have activated your copy of the product.





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