Instant Product Activation

Beginning with FxFactory 7.1.1, clients of the FxFactory Framework are immediately notified when a license is activated inside the FxFactory app.

If your app or plug-in uses the FxFactory framework, note that from FxFactory 7.1.1 onward, calls to FxFactoryGetLicensingStatus() may return a different value over time. You are encouraged to call that function as often as you need, in order to determine if the product is running in trial mode. If you wish to be notified when license status has changed, consider using the new FxFactoryRegisterLicensingStatusChangeHandler() API:

#import <FxFactory/FxFactory.h>

FxFactoryLicensingStatus status = kFxFactoryLicensingStatusProductUnlicensed;

if (FxFactoryGetLicensingStatus != NULL) {
    status = FxFactoryGetLicensingStatus(...);
    if (FxFactoryRegisterLicensingStatusChangeHandler != NULL) {
        FxFactoryRegisterLicensingStatusChangeHandler(..., ..., ^(FxFactoryLicensingStatus status, id _Nullable context) {
            // Product may have gone from unlicensed to licensed, or vice versa

The context parameter to FxFactoryRegisterLicensingStatusChangeHandler allows you to provide a reference to an Objective-C object whose reference is passed back to the handler. As for many block-based APIs in Objective-C, the idea is to avoid retain cycles by having the block maintain any strong references to its caller. The context object is retained weakly by the FxFactory framework in order to avoid retain cycles.

Next Steps

There are a few things a third-party application may choose to do in response to a change:

  • Hide UI elements that mention trial mode / unavailable features, as well as any buttons that initiate the purchase process through FxFactory.
  • Display a ”Thank you” message to the user, perhaps with information about the features that have been unlocked.
  • Remind the user of any steps he or she must take in order to remove any watermarks. For example, visual or audio plug-ins whose output may have been cached by the host application, should be re-rendered in order for the watermark to be removed. FxFactory automatically displays these messages for native products implemented through its FxPack, FxTemplates or FxTextStyles product types.