Web connectivity was removed as an absolute requirement for client licensing and normal program operation. The update which originally served as a substitution for the previously published "Hot Fix", developed to resolve the license access problem on December 5th, 2014, was replaced by build #NLBC_J5047. The primary difference between this build and the previous build #NLBA_M3330, published to the website the day before, is that this latest version absolutely removes the Internet connectivity requirement for paid client license management and normal program operation.
As stated in a recent FaceBook post, "...The bottom line is that clients should have never been blocked from accessing the software licenses that they paid so dearly for and have put so much trust in. This was a bad decision on our part to make the software's normal operability completely dependent upon Internet access...".
As a result, the web licensing system has been modified so that if the paid client disables Internet access or loses it involuntarily, ASE will still operate as expected. The previous build simply bridged the connectivity issue but still left the connectivity requirement intact. We didn't feel this solution was sufficient, so we enhanced the solution, by adding a final level of assurance and completely eliminating the possibility that clients are ever left without access to licenses again in the future, regardless of environmental factors.
This recent build forces license management to resume functioning from the client's server, like the legacy 'Sentinel' system did before. The biggest disadvantage is that if connectivity is lost, the client is restricted to using ASE Civil only from locations that can see the company's server and read and write to the reserved UNC license management folder.