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1.How about the reliability of SmartLock type-A and B?
 


SmartLock B-type lock is not the encryption in the traditional sense, but a locker to drawings, so that drawings can not be modified by others. But as long as you get the DWG file, you can open it and read without restriction. Thus it's not a top-secret file encryption, but merely to prevent competitors from easily stealing drawings and to avoid unintentional changes at work.
Locked entity by SmartLock_B is just a ghost image in computer memory, not the standard CAD objects. According to the current AutoCAD development protocols and standards, there is no way to restore drawings. If explode by special tools, it disappear immediately.
The above refers to the B-lock "core locking mode" and its combination pattern.

SmartLock A-type is a typical encryption. There are multiple measures to ensure the safety of drawings:
1, The development of A-type lock goes deep into the core of AutoCAD and use core techniques. Program structure, data structures and graphical techniques all adopt highly complex models. Anyone who wants to decrypt the files encrypted by A-type lock must also goes into the core of AutoCAD drawing file kernel programming. It's not only highly difficult, but also extremely intensified. Even if the following 2-6 encryption techniques are public, the development of cracking graphics program will also take master at least six months of full-time work.
Without any potential benefits, will anyone try to develop decryption software? Even if the software has been decrypted, the encrypted drawing can not be decoded. (Decrypting software registration and decoding encrypted drawing are completely not the same thing.)
2,As all map objects will be transformed into specific objects, they have unique and complex data structures. Because hundreds of complex data structures and man-made traps exist, like black box,
to explore the data structure (theoretically feasible, because can read binary files) for crack graphics developers will also be a daunting task.
3, Graphics encrypted password will adopt the combined encryption algorithms of RC4 Microsoft Base Cryptographic and DSS Diffie-Hellem.
4, Graphics delegated authority details will adopt the method of drawings fingerprint, using an independent fingerprint for each file and MD5 fingerprint algorithm to ensure that permissions will not be tampered with or replaced.
5, Drawings bound to computer or USB hardware lock have also adopted the MD5 fingerprint sub-algorithms to ensure that permissions will not be tampered with or replaced.
6, All the coordinates, dimensions and other data in drawing will use 512-bit RSA public key and private key synthesis algorithm.

Is it possible that MD5 fingerprint might be decrypted by brute-force?
As long as the password is long enough, it can not be decoded. And the length of the drawings fingerprint password is greater than 64-bit.

The total composition for fingerprint of capital letters and lowercase + numbers is 26 +26 +10 = 62 characters. First, let's say "a ^ b" indicates a, b-th power. Suppose the password length is less than 11 bit, then from 1-11 bit, the total number of passwords is as follows: 62 ^ 1 +62 ^ 2 +62 ^ 3 + ... ... +62 ^ 11 = 52 889 619,055,703,278 000. Under the CPU of INTEL CORE T7100 1.8GHz, the decoding speed can reach 4 million passwords per second. To exhaust the scope mentioned above, the time will be 13222404763926 seconds that is 425,103 years and 12 days, 4 hours 12 minutes 6 seconds.


2.What are the requirements to run the software?
 


SYSTEM NEEDED:

  • Windows 98\ME\2000\XP\Vista
  • AutoCAD 2004¡¢2005¡¢2006¡¢2007¡¢2008¡¢2009¡¢2010

Specific requirements:

  • Require that you haved installed AutoCAD, currently supported version is 2004-2010.
  • As long as AutoCAD to open DWG files can be encrypted.
  • Despite the encrypted file size is no limit, but it is strongly recommended dwg file no more than 2M for SmartLock_B.
  • Do not operate AutoCAD manually when locking.
  • For SmartLock_B, in the encryption process called AutoCAD environment, not open any of the drawings have been encrypted, otherwise it will cause AutoCAD to quit unexpectedly.

3.What kind of industries will SmartLock apply to?

 

It can be used in all the industries which need to submit CAD files in Dwg form to external. For example: interior design, architectural design, landscape design, road and bridge design, furniture design, manufacturing product design, urban planning and so on.
1) To the construction drawings Encryption: to adopt Type-A lock, files can be set to forbid modification, copy and so on, but can allowed to print, measure and object snap. When the construction enterprises and budget estimate companies get the drawing files, they can capture and measure to calculate the engineering quantity, but they are absolutely forbidden to revise the drawings.
2) To the competitive bidding drawings encryption: Type-Block will be recommended. Anyone who get the DWG file can open it easily by AutoCAD, no need to install any plug-in, but the drawing doesn't allow any revision, which protects the drawing from being stolen by competitors. Even if competitors want to retrace the drawing, it's still very difficult because it can't be captured. All these will at least cause time cost to competitors.
3£©To furniture manufacturing design encryption: in order to guard commercial spies in manufacturing workshop, Type-A lock is needed. Once the file is bound to a special computer, its copy file can't be opened on any other computers.
4) To map encryption: After Surveying and Mapping Company measures the earth mapping, then Company A can buy it for the purpose to do the overall regional planning. What can we do if Company B get a copy from A for other use? Under this situation, company A could choose to adopt Type-A lock to encrypt , to use USB encryption sub-lock as the licensing mode, to set it allows to delete, revise, capture and restore, and to add copyright watermark. These steps won't bring any trouble to use the file in company A, but they will forbid company B to open its copy because B doesn't have the USB encryption sub-lock. Even though B gets the USB encryption sub-lock, the drawing still keeps the unrevisable watermark. If there is any need to accuse company B of tort, it's no doubt that company B will lose the lawsuit.

4.How to read encrypted files?
 

SmartLock_B lock encrypted graphics, can be easily opened without a password (unless you artificially increase the password), no need to install any plug-in.
To open SmartLock_A encrypted dwg files, you must install the plug-in before the AutoCAD opened. Generally plug-in is automatically packaged into the folder same with locked dwgs, and can run automatically. If it is failure to run automatically, please download and install. System with SmartLock_A will no longer need to install the plug-in.

5.Possible causes of encryption failure:
 


1, SmartLock A and B both need to adopt installation package to install, and cannot merely copy the program files folder from other computers, because DLL libraries which support all versions of AutoCAD are very complex.
2, There's no guarantee that simplified version of AutoCAD can run smoothly with SmartLock. So please install the full version.
3, Not do any operation to AutoCAD in the process of encryption, not even the operations of enlarge and shrink the window.
4, If the SmartLock_B or SmartLock_A operates completely normal to AutoCAD 2004-2007 , but to AutoCAD 2008-2010 it fails to lock DWG and error prompt , it means that you need to download and install the additional package bellow.
[Additional setup pack for AutoCAD 2008-2009]
[Additional setup pack for AutoCAD 2010][Additional setup pack for AutoCAD 2010]
5, For the SmartLock_B, in the encryption process called AutoCAD environment, do not open any of the drawings have been encrypted by SmartLock_B, otherwise it will cause AutoCAD to quit unexpectedly.


6.What are the features of encryption mode of SmartLock Type-B?

 


[1. Rapid Mode] is same as "shortcut mode" 3.X. Its speed is extremely fast. Its theory and effect is the same with Lockup.lsp, GstarCAD and so on. Once encrypted, the mode will able to be traced and restored.

[2. Core Locking Mode] this mode will be recommended as its extremely fast speed and high intensity. This kind of mode is already not to be named on the same day with V3.X.
The new version memory only stores the dummy screen impression of CAD drawings in computer dynamic memory. It will forbid editing, cracking, printing and inserting into other graphics.
The graphics can't be restored.

[3. Core Stiff Locking Mode] it is the summation all of the above, but the encrypting speed may be very slow, especially for large files or files that contains many drawings.

7.Why large files are not suggested to be encrypted by SmartLock_B?

 


It's not means impossible to encrypt large files. According to the encryption theory, Type-B lock will take much more time to deal with large graphics.
Though the size of files to be encrypted is not limited, it's strongly to suggest that the DWG file not to exceed 2M. Don't save dozens of drawings in a file. It's better to out one drawing in a separate file.
Why large files are not suggested to be encrypted? Is it simply to take 5 more times to encrypt a file of 10M than a file of 2m? It may far more than 5 more times. In fact, it¡¯s not simply the linear connection between the two. Because it will need abundant memory space to run a software, but the space for each computer is limited. If the space is not enough when a file is encrypted, it may read memory into temporary files over and over again to save the memory space. Thus the operating efficiency will be drastically decreased.
Anyone who is familiar with PHOTOSHOP might know that PS needs to setup several hard disks as the temporary files storage space. Take a 5M file as an example. It may produce a few megabytes to several gigabytes of temporary files. But why you don't have the feeling that the PHOTOSHOP runs too slowly? Because the large temporary files may be produced and transferred in the couples of hours of working process. But when SmartLock_B works on a big file, it needs to deal with the graphics concentratedly in short time. This kind of page file exchange will significantly reduce the efficiency.

8.The reasons for the partial lose of graphics after encryption & the countermeasures

 


Partial graphics will be lost after the file is encrypted. The most frequent reason is that this part of drawing is the special object¡ª¡ªuser-defined entity, drawn by the professional software. For example, AEC, they all adopt user-defined entity. They can only be explained and displayed by their own software. Without these software environments, they can't be displayed. Even though the file is not encrypted, this part of graphics won't be displayed on the computers which don't install the special software.

Countermeasure: with the help of the professional software you are using, you can transform the user-defined entity into AutoCAD native entity (which is objects drawn by naked AutoCAD).


9.The problem for partial text missing after encryption & the countermeasures

 

The problem might occur for type-B lock. For type-A lock, the text display has no any difference before being encrypted and after. The reason for text label lose after the file is encrypted is that the font file (*.shx) doesn't exist. If it's not encrypted, it will come out a notice to for you to choose to replace font or to show question mark.
Is it possible to change the font after the file is encrypted? For mode 1,2&4, ok; but for mode 3&5, impossible. Because the texts after encryption are not AutoCAD TEXT or MTEXT any more, ?they are only screen images. So it's useless to change the font type this moment. Besides, it runs automatically the operation of scrap cleaning up after the encryption; relative font type doesn't exist any more.
Countermeasures:
1, Before the encryption, use command "style "to replace the font and save it.
2, or to copy the missing font ¡®shx¡¯ file and save it into ACAD "support" or "fonts" path, which will get the font missing problem done once and for ever.

10.How to get the software registration code?

 


At the first time you run the software, It will give you a automatic notice to register. It only need to click [click here to get the registration code for free].
If you can join in for promotion, bonus registration period will available, you and me will both have drive!

11.How to show the encryption permission settings for drawings encrypted by SmartLock_A?

 


Use command: TIPON \ TIPOFF to open and close the display of permission notice.

12.The drawings encrypted by SmartLock_A are set to forbidden to print and output images, but why is useless?

 

It's temporary to be useless. Once the encrypted drawings leave the encryption environment, all the settings will start to work. That is to say, what you set to be forbidden will work when you close the encrypted software or copy the drawing to other computers.

13.What the effect will be if a DWG file adopts both type-A and type-B lock?

 

The two kinds of locks can't be effective at the same time. Only type-B lock works if they use on the same file with both locker.

14.Why the drawings need to be encrypted?

 

The electronic file of design drawings in AutoCAD DWG form contains all your efforts of hardworking. It is the carrier of intellectual property rights of your design. However, in facing of the serious competition, it's a tough problem to settle the problem of intellectual property rights protection.
Reason 1: There is a complex relationship between designers and customers. In order to satisfy customers, it's impossible for designers not to provide DWG electronic files to customers. Even the DWF network graphic files which can't be edited won't be accepted by customers. But if they give the customers the encrypted AutoCAD2004 files, they may have to tell the customers the password at the same time.
Will feel worried that your competitors would adversely participate in the competition after they get your DWG file? If the competitors can't get your DWG file, the time cost and financial cost will be increased largely. So it the inevitable choice to encrypt drawing files.
Reason 2: Nowadays it impossible to complete an engineering design by any individual or and single department. Otherwise, it will need many departments or companies to cooperate together. For the purpose of exchanging technical information, it's the necessity to submit electronic files. Any partner revises the original file intentionally or unconsciously, engineering lose will be inevitable. How to avoid this kind of errors? How to distinguish the responsible party£¿
Reason 3: a drawing file may be distributed to different users to use. Then how to distribute respective access permission?

Now we have the drawings batch encryption software SmartLock_A, the problem is totally solved.

15.The steps to operate SmartLock_A & B software:

 

1, To start up the software: start SmartLock_A or B by clicking the desktop icon or the window start menu bar; then according to the AutoCAD version installed on the computer, choose to operate the relevant AutoCAD version. The SmartLock will automatically run the relevant CAD version. You can also start the AutoCAD manually beforehand.
After the operation, the interface will be as follow.
2, Click [add a DWG file] and choose the DWG file that needs to be encrypted. You can choose several files at a time, or choose several files by several times.
3, Click [specified folder] to appoint a folder for the encrypted files. Pitch on the file you want to select, and then double click the left mouse button to select it. It¡¯s suggested to select empty folders. The software will add an "A"or "B" at the end of the name of encrypted files automatically to make sure that it won't overlay the original file. Click the [C] to eliminate the document list.
4, Click [start locking] , the program will open relevant AutoCAD version to start work and save automatically, no need of any artificial intervention. Please don't operate AutoCAD in the process of encryption. In order to improve the speed, please don't open AutoCAD at the same time. The program interface will let you know the encryption process and the status in proper time.

To SmartLock_A, additional options can be set on [DWG copyright] and [Authority setup].