Welcome to the 2017 XicTools Prices and Ordering Page
New in 2017
Permanent licensing is once again available!
Products are enabled by fixed-term or perpetual licensing which can be
ordered from this page. To summarize, you first obtain a key from the
Get A Key form below. The key identifies your installation in
our database. The key is then used to order your license file, and
future license files, using the Obtain Demo or Fixed-Term
License form. You should save your key in a safe place. The key
and license files are provided by email, along with a password to the
program distribution repository and instructions. Payment can be made
here by credit card.
To order a permanent license, one should first obtain a demo license,
for each machine and in the configuration you wish to employ. You can
then install the programs and start work immediately. The demo will
last one month. Within this time, you should order the permanent
licenses using the form below, or by contacting Whiteley Research
directly. New permanent licenses will be provided upon receipt of
payment or purchase order.
Permanent licenses will always be valid, however access to the
distribution repository ("fast-track updates") after one year from
purchase requires purchase of a "Maintenance Extension". Those under
maintenance also have priority when requesting technical support
relative to permanent license users off maintenance.
Contact Whiteley Research if you
have questions, or have problems with the forms on this page.
Programs are enabled for use by fixed-term or perpetual licensing
provided by encoding in a supplied license file. There are two types
of license available: host-locked, and floating.
- host-locked licenses
These are the traditional licenses for Xic and WRspice
that have been available for many years. They allow the program to
run on a single host, with no user limit. Authentication can be
provided via a license server, which may be running on a different
machine, or locally without running a license server. In the latter
mode, network connectivity is not required, so this type of license
may be desirable for laptops.
- floating licenses
This type of license is new, and is available starting in 2016. The
license must be served by the license server, the local validation
mode is not available. The server must be run on a designated
machine, for which the licenses are prepared. A floating license will
enable a certain number of users to run simultaneously, depending on
the number of "users" purchased. The programs can be run on any
machine compatible with the software, and able to reach the server via
a tcp/ip network. Once the user limit is reached, additional
authentications will fail, until one of the existing sessions
Obtaining a key
A key is a text code that identifies the license. It is generated
from information about the machine to be licensed. The key, while the
license is active, provides access to the software repository. It is
also used to obtain the license file, and when purchasing additional time.
To authenticate floating licenses, the license server must run
on the host that provided the license key. Otherwise, any binary
compatible machine connected via tcp/ip to the hosts running XicTools
applications will suffice (if a license server is used).
This is a fundamental difference between node-locked and floating
- The node-locked license is keyed to the machine running the
- A floating license is keyed to the machine running the license
A key for an installation can be created from the form below.
You should keep your keys in a safe place. You will need your keys
when extending the license. It would be handy to keep them in a text
file so that you can cut/paste them into the license ordering form.
The key requires some information about the computer that is to
receive the installation. The procedure is slightly different for the
various supported operating systems. In general, you download a small
program and run it, which produces a file named "XtLicenseInfo" which
is used to generate the key.
The programs will run on Windows 8.1 and later versions. Obtain the
licinfo.exe program, and run it on
your computer, which creates the XtLicenseInfo file.
- OS X
For OS X (10.10 Yosemite and later), click to download the licinfo.sh script. Read the script
text for instructions: from a terminal window, make the script
executable and run it. This creates the XtLicenseInfo file.
From the XtLicenseInfo file, one obtains the host name and
key text to enter into the form below. For Linux, the key text is the
ethernet address, as six hex numbers separated by colons. For OS X,
it is the machine serial number, and for Windows it is the CDROM Key.
The programs are supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (or
equivalent) or later. The licinfo.sh shell
script will create a XtLicenseInfo file, as for OS X. You
may not need to download and run this, if you know your computer's
host name and primary ethernet address. The host name can be obtained
from the hostname command. The HW/ethernet address can be
found from the result of running the ifconfig command.
After filling in the yellow part of the form, press Submit.
Your key will be emailed to you, and also entered into the Obtain
License form below.
Click HERE for additional information and
recommendations about keys and licenses.
Click HERE to view the license
server README file, which provides lots of detailed information.
If you want to check the data on file for an existing key, enter it
into the Key field at the bottom of the form and click Find
Existing. This will fill in the rest of the form from the Whiteley
Research database. To change the email or contact info for an
existing key, just make needed changes and press Submit.
Get A Key
Obtaining a license|
The form below can be used to order a license file, which will enable
the programs for a specified term in months. Enter your key into the
top of the form, and the required licensing term in months on the
bottom line of the form. For each program desired enter a number into
the Num. Users entry area. If 0 is entered, the license will
be host-locked. If a number larger than 0 is entered, the
license will be floating, with the simultaneous user count
limited to the number given. If the text area contains no text, then
the corresponding program will not be licensed at all.
The cost to license each program is the base rate shown, multiplied by
the number of months, and multiplied by the number of users if the
license is floating.
Pressing Continue will bring up a summary and confirmation
Obtaining a demo
Free one-month licenses are available, which license all products.
Only one demo license is available per key, if you have had a demo and
wish to extend or repeat it contact Whiteley Research. To obtain a
demo license, put "0" or "1" in the Num. Users box for
DEMO. If "0", the license will be host-locked, i.e., the
programs will run on the licensed host only, with no user limit, and a
license server is optional. If "1" or any other number, the license
will be floating for a single user, i.e., a license server must be run
on the licensed host, and programs can be run from any connected
machine, but only one copy of Xic/XicII/Xiv and WRspice
can be running. When the DEMO is given a value, all other
fields of the form are ignored.
The XT product is equivalent to ordering XIC and WRS
separately with the same Num Users, but for a lower price. You
can order floating XT and additional floating XIC or
WRS. but it is not possible to mix floating and fixed licenses for
a single program, or to order duplicate fixed licenses.
Obtain Demo or Fixed-Term
Obtain Permanent License
Permanent licenses are once again being offered, after an
attempt to impose a per-month subscription model in 2016 which was,
shall we say, not wildly popular. There are some modifications from
the original approach:
- Windows and non-Windows programs are priced the same. Note
that Linux is the native platfrom for these applications, and there
are some features which may not be availablie in Windows versions
(e.g., OpenAccess support and the ability to support multiple users
through X-Windows), so Linux is recommended.
- Access to updates is available for a period of one year,
after which purchase of a "Maintenance Extension" is required to
access the distribution repository.
- Quantity discounts are available when two or more permanent
licenses are ordered at once. Contact Whiteley Research for a
Single unit base prices valid through 2017
|Product ||Description ||List Price
|XIV-P ||Xiv layout viewer ||$1295
|XIV-ME ||Xiv maintenance extension one year ||$130
|XICII-P ||XicII layout editor ||$2495
||XicII maintenance extension one year ||$250
|XIC-P ||Xic graphical editor ||$4995
|XIC-ME ||Xic maintenance extension one year ||$500
|WRS-P ||WRspice circuit simulator ||$3995
||WRspice maintenance extension per year ||$400
|XT-P ||Xic and WRspice bundled ||$7495
|XT-ME ||Bundle maintenance extension one year ||$750
You can make a payment by credit card with the button below. If you
don't have an invoice or invoice number, use 1000 in the form entry
area for invoice number.
- About Sales Tax
We are not required to collect sales tax from anyone. According to California law,
computer software that is delivered electronically is not subject to
sales or use tax.
- Educational Discount
A twenty percent (20%) discount applies to purchases from
accredited educational institutions. Contact Whiteley Research to
obtaion the discount, and for instructions if you wish to pay by
- Software Distribution
Software is distributed via Internet download from a
password-protected site. This site also provides downloading and
installation instructions. A repository password will be provided
when a license is ordered.
- Documentation Availability
The latest manuals are always available for viewing on-line and as
PostScript and PDF files for printing or local viewing. This web site
also provides access to the latest Help system database.
Permanent License Notes
- The magic formula for quantity (N = 2 to 256) discounts is
N/(1 + (0.51 + 0.0029*N)*log10(N))|
For all products, the formula above is applied directly to
obtain the base quantity price as
BaseQuantityPrice = UnitPrice*formula(N)
where N is the quantity ordered.
Please contact Whiteley Research if questions.
- Receive full credit for the XicII purchase price if you upgrade
to Xic, at any time.
- Receive full credit for the Xiv purchase price if you upgrade
to XicII or Xic, at any time.
- Full technical support and fast-track updates are provided for one
year following purchase. Limited technical support is available
- Maintenance includes full technical support and fast-track updates,
for 1-year periods beyond the 1-year provided with the products.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are fast-track updates?
Customers have the ability to access the restricted parts of the
Whiteley Research web site, and retrieve product updates and other
material and information. This is available for active
term-limited licenses, and for permanent licenses within one year
of purchase or under maintenance.
- What technical support is provided?
Full technical support is provided for active term-limited
licenses and permanent licenses within a year from purchase or
under maintenance. Limited technical support is provided for
permanent licenses that are older than one year and not under
- What is full technical support?
Whiteley Research will apply its best effort to answer questions
and solve customer's problems in the shortest possible time. This
may include working closely with the customer on adapting the
programs for specific applications.
- What is limited technical support?
Whiteley Research will answer email queries.
- How do I place an order?
Licenses are purchased on line using the form above. Payment can
be made immediately by credit card, otherwise contact Whiteley
Research for other payment options. Upon receipt of the payment
or purchase order, Whiteley Research will provide access to the
restricted distribution area of this web site, from where the
programs can be obtained. Also provided will be the license file
needed to run the programs. These will be provided by email,
within 24 hours.
Contact Whiteley Research using the feedback form or via email at
email@example.com to resolve questions and
technical/pricing issues. Written quotations are provided upon
request. Purchase orders can be emailed, or faxed to Whiteley
Research at (408) 245-4033.
- What is the refund policy?
The order can be cancelled for any reason within 30 days. Simply
notify Whiteley Research, return any materials, and provide a
signed letter indicating that all copies of the provided license
file have been destroyed.
- What guarantees are provided for
The following paragraph contains a standard legal disclaimer for
Whiteley Research provides these programs in the hope that they
will be useful, but does not provide a warranty of any kind,
express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of
merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and
non-infringement. In no event shall Whiteley Research Inc. be
liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an
action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in
connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the