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Capture Visualisation: Update to Licensing Policies Due to COVID-19

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTools of the Trade • March 28, 2020

In an immediate response to the needs of educational institutions for distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic Capture Visualisation AB, the Swedish company that created Capture Visualisation software for lighting design, visualisation, and documentation, has updated its educational licensing policies. Valid until the end of August 2020, educational Capture key files can now be unlocked on computers owned by students at home. Here’s a statement from the company’s blog:

In these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic our hearts go out to all those that have been hit by the virus. Normal operations have ceased in many countries, whereas most of the educational institutions are trying to adopt distance learning procedures. Towards this end we have adjusted our educational licensing policies to allow students to unlock Capture on their own computers.

Educational licences of any Capture Edition had always been available to institutions according to our licensing policies. But until recently the computers unlocked could only be owned by the institution. Therefore, they were usually found in their laboratories, while students at home would use our free Capture Student Edition. What has changed now is that the institutions can extend the use of their licence to students at home until 2020-09-01 by requesting an unlock for the student’s computer. Only the registered owner of the key file will be able to request manual unlocks and therefore students should not email Capture directly for unlocking their installations. Detailed instructions have already been emailed to the registered owners of educational licences so if you are a student, we would advise you to ask your institution for further instructions on how to obtain it. It goes without saying that the new policies are also available for new educational licence purchases.

Installations on student computers will have by default an expiration date of 2020-09-01, by when of course it is our sincere hope that the world will be back to normal!

In the meanwhile, if your institution does not own a licence or if you just want to learn Capture we encourage you to try the free Capture Student Edition in combination with our reference manual and the video tutorials found on our documentation page. You can use the student edition for conceptual design since you can save your projects, while the only thing missing is the full blown library, which is sadly also missed from reality too, until events come back to life around the globe. Hopefully soon!

Until then just be safe!

Here’s a video overview from Capture Visualisation on What’s New in Capture 2020:

Further information from Capture Visualisation: www.capture.se

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