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Question

For which products can you use newer licenses to start up older versions of the software (which licenses are backwards compatible)?

Answer

The table below gives an overview of all product versions with activation-based licenses (FlexNet). Dongle-based versions are not included.
Product
A license in a newer version...Remark
ArtiosCAD (including ArtiosCAD Standard, Enterprise, 123Box and AdvantageCAD)

Enables older versions (as of version 14.1)

For version 14 and older versions, you need dedicated 'version'-licenses.

  • During an upgrade, the license for the newer version is added to the existing licenses, so existing customers can start up older versions (as of version 7.6 in FlexNet)
  • New customers can only use the version they bought


ArtPro and PowerLayoutEnables older versions (as of version 10.1.3)

A license for ArtPro 18 does not enable version 16.1.0

ArtPro+Enables older versions

ArtPro+ also works with a license for ArtPro or PackEdge, you can find more info here: 

Automation Engine (incl Device Manager)Enables older versions


Cape Pack subscriptionEnables older versions (as of version 16)
Cape Pack (perpetual)Does not enable older versions

Color Pilot


Enables older versions

Color Engine Pilot, the predecessor of Color Pilot, does not enable older versions (During an upgrade, the license for the older version is replaced by the license for the newer version. So existing customers cannot start up older versions after an upgrade.)

DeskPack for Illustrator®Enables older versions (as of version 14)

With Suite 14 we introduced bundled licenses (DeskPack Essentials, DeskPack Advanced) next to licenses for individual plug-ins, those bundled licenses do not enable older versions.

DeskPack for Photoshop® (Ink Tools, Flexo Tools and Equinox) Enables older versions 
Dynamic Content Enables older versionsWith Suite 14 we introduced bundled licenses next to licenses for individual plug-ins, those bundled licenses do not enable older versions.
FlexRip and FlexProofDoes not enable older versions

During an upgrade, the license for the older version is replaced by the license for the newer version. So existing customers cannot start up older versions after an upgrade.

Remark that version 14.0 is the last version for FlexRip/FlexProof

i-cut (Layout and Preflight)Enables older versions
Imaging Engine (incl Pack Proof, Curve Pilot, Print Control Wizard)Enables older version (as of version 14)


PackEdge Enables older versions 
PlatoEnables older versions 
PowerLayout Enables older versions 
Studio (incl Store Visualizer)Enables older versions 
WebCenterDoes not enable older versions
  • For version 12 or older: During an upgrade, the license for the newer version is added to the existing licenses. So existing customers can start up older versions (as of version 7 in FlexNet)
  • For version 12.1 or newer: During an upgrade, the license for the older version is replaced by the license for the newer version. So existing customers cannot start up older versions after an upgrade.


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