XLS Padlock 2022 is available

XLS Padlock 2022 is available

We released a major update for our Excel workbook licensing and protection software: XLS Padlock 2022 is finally available for download for all. We hope you will enjoy this new release.

What’s new in XLS Padlock 2022

New Web Update feature: Check for updates

XLS Padlock now allows you to include a Web Update function to your compiled Excel workbook applications. When customers launch your application, a regular new version check can be done (it is even possible to trigger it manually with “Check for Updates” as shown below).

Found a new version

In case a new version is available, the application can instantly download the updated EXE file from your web hosting supplier or web server, and also securely install it. This enables customers to constantly stick with the latest version of your Excel workbook easily.

XLS Padlock 2022 Web Update

Improved UI and dialog boxes for compiled workbooks

For instance, the Welcome screen step now looks like this:

XLS Padlock 2022 New UI

The “load last save” option was replaced by the new “load a recent save” one. By clicking it, a menu is displayed with all recent saves made by customers. If a save file is not found, it is not displayed (no more “Last file not found” error).

Another new option is also available: “allow enter activation key on welcome screen”. This lets your customers easily enter a new activation key (very useful in case of time-limited keys).

The “Enter activation key” dialog box looks this now:

Enter activation key

Dongle locking and remote update

We added support for the EnkyCT dongle model. This dongle model offers you the possibility to remotely upgrade the dongles already provided to your customers. For instance, you can extend restrictions: set a new expiration date or usage count. Customers do not have to send you their dongles physically for upgrading them.

Remote Update
Remote Update Authorize Tool

New security features

  • New security option: Remove “Enable fill handle and cell drag-and-drop” function.
  • Better error message if validation fails (with the possibility to enter a new activation key, for instance in case of offline mode):
Failed Validation
  • The application now verifies that an activation token is provided before contacting the activation server.
  • New advanced option: “Disable Overwrite Prompt in the Save As dialog box”.
  • Fixed random crash on some Excel versions when DDE was disabled.

Optimization and lots of improvements

  • Improved code signing utility and new default time-stamp servers used.
  • Code signing is no more performed if the PFX file does not exist.
  • CTRL+S shortcut is now enabled in secure workbook applications.
  • Default brotli compression (dropped LZMA) for improved speed.
  • Optimized workbook loading (increased speed).
  • Full compatibility with Excel 2021.
  • Full compatibility with Windows 11.
  • Upgraded VBA script engine.
  • Upgraded internal workbook handling engine.
  • SVG support for splash screens.
  • SIL language files were updated. If you use custom language files, be sure to compare them with new language files to find out new strings to be translated.
  • Improved restoration of XLSCE data files.
  • Fixed some alignment problems on high DPI screens.
  • Fixed “Clear Activation Data” did not work in some cases.
  • Updated documentation, and new VBA code samples are available too. Retrieve the activation token with VBA, retrieving subscription/licence information with VBA.
  • Minor improvements.

Please also refer to these news posts for important information:

7 thoughts on “XLS Padlock 2022 is available”

  1. Looks great. Did you also implement on the dongle feature a regular check if the dongle is present at the computer in order to avoid that after the workbook is fired up, one can extract the dongle and keep on working (using the dongle on another computer and so on) ?

  2. Will our client’s old .xlsc files still open with this 2022 exe update?

    I remember one time I updated their exe file (for MS 365 compatibility, etc) only to find that they could no longer open any of their existing xlsc files.
    (So then I had to make and distribute new master xlsc file for them to use).

    Hopefully this will still open their existing .xlsc files?

    • Yes, old .XLSC files created by previous versions of XLS Padlock are still handled with XLS Padlock 2022. That’s strange that it failed for you some time ago because we always ensured that compatibility between releases.

  3. Just click Download and you can download XLS Padlock. For registered user downloads, visit the My Account page by clicking the “Sign in” icon.

  4. This sounds great! I’m looking forward to trying it.

    I am not seeing the link to the download anywhere. Am I missing it? I read through this whole post and also checked in the downloads for active users section.

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