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AWE Designer Licensing System


AWE Designer uses an online, account-based licensing system. This system gives developers the flexibility to use AWE Designer on multiple machines and allows features to be enabled over time.

To allow temporary offline-usage — in that hotel room, airplane, or remote site — Designer also has a built-in grace-period where it can operate for several days without an internet connection. 

Finally, for those rare circumstances where an IT department cannot modify the firewall, node-locked offline-licenses are available to support fully offline access. 

License Administration

When seats of AWE Designer are purchased, they are granted to a designated account on This account-holder serves as the License Administrator for the licenses, assigning them to individual developers' accounts. (The License Administrator may also be a developer and assign themselves a license.)

Licenses may be reassigned at any time. To assign a license, the License Administrator should do the following:

  1. Login and go to their My Account page

  2. Scroll down to the License Administration section

  3. Add email address of the assignee's account 

  4. Click the [ Update ] button at the bottom of the page.

Assigned Licenses

Developers can see all licenses assigned to them in the "Assigned Licenses" section of the My Account page. 


Firewall Whitelisting

Each time Designer runs, it contacts the DSP Concepts Licensing Server to verify licensing status.  For some users, this may require your IT department to add a firewall exception.

Please add or request the following be added to your firewall's whitelist:

  • *

  • Port  80

  • Port 443

Offline Licensing

To support temporary offline use, there is a short grace-period where Designer can operate without contacting the licensing server.

For the rare exceptions when firewall settings cannot be changed, permanent offline access is available using a node-locked license.


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