A dongle is a device that
can be used with the full multilingual package supplied to purchasers of the software from
Jaspell. It is a common-place electronic device that fits onto a port on the back of your
computer (usually "LPT1", the parallel printer socket). The dongle is about the
size of a small matchbox.
Dongles should be handled with care! Neither Jaspell nor DES can be held
accountable in the case of avoidable damage.
The dongle hardware
needs to be "driven" by software drivers.
These are included in the packages supplied by Jaspell, but the latest driver can be downloaded freely.
A dongle accompanied
by a Dongled Access Code provides a means of
increasing security and ensures that the user is authorized by Jaspell (and the Customer)
to use the latest "Major Version" of the Jaspell Jaldi software installed on the
computer. A change of "Major Version" (e.g. Version 7..... to Version
8....., but not 8.0.1 to 8.0.2) requires the customer to purchase the upgrade with its new
access codes from Jaspell. Minor upgrades (e.g. 8.0.1 to 8.0.2, but not Version 7..... to
Version 8.....) can be downloaded and installed free of charge.
Dongles were the only
means of licence control from 1995 to September 2004, and many are in use. From October
2004 Jaspell's Fixed Unique Machine Activation Code
procedure allows the high cost of dongles to be avoided by a customer who only uses the
software on the one machine to which a licence uniquely linked. Starting from
October 2013 the cost of Fixed Unique Machine Licences has been much reduced with the help
of multiple deals. Even so, dongle users have the benefit of enjoying
transferability of access to many of the customer's machines at no further cost beyond the
initial price of 1 software + 1 dongle. Extra dongles can be
supplied by Jaspell, if a customer wishes to use more machines with dongles at the same