The Maxon App: Licensing, Activation, and Troubleshooting


The Maxon App

Released June 23, 2021, The Maxon App manages the installation, licensing, upgrading, and updating of your Maxon products. This includes Maxon, plus all Red Giant Tools now, including Red Giant Complete, Redshift, Moves by Maxon, and Forger (which directs you to the iOS app store). It replaces the Red Giant Application Manager.

If you’re having issues with older perpetual licenses, it often happens because your Maxon app is out of date.

Please note: Maxon App 3.1.x and 2023 are not compatible with non-unified RLM licenses. Read the release notes

What’s new in the Maxon App?

There’s a new top-right drop-down menu that includes:

  • Create Error Log…: Error logs for all apps
  • Connect to support: This lets you to start a support ticket
  • Account Settings: Goes to MyMaxon account portal
  • Open FAQ: Links to the Maxon FAQ
  • Reset Configuration: This is often used for troubleshooting, such as when plugins aren’t showing up. Reset Configuration allows you to run a Level One Clean, deletes the database, and allows you to do a fresh install. It is usually the first recommendation support gives for stubborn problems. This fixes 90% of the problems you might encounter in Red Giant Apps.
  • Import serial numbers: Bring in any old perpetual RG serial numbers

A few notes about the Maxon App:

  1. Installing and running the new app will take over the old Red Giant Application. You can choose not to use the Red Giant app or uninstall it completely.
  2. RLM won’t show up in the app yet. The V2 version will include an RLM license that integrates all products. It is scheduled for next year.
  3. If you are a Red Giant customer who purchased products prior to January 1, 2021, you’ll need to setup a MyMaxon account to use the app. We have included a tool that will allow you to migrate all your serial-based purchases. Once you’ve completed that process it’s recommended that you delete the Red Giant App Manager.
  4. The Maxon App is built on new licensing technology. Products purchased prior to January 1, 2021, will need to be reinstalled in order for them to be licensed properly.

Red Giant Licensing and Activation

If you are a Red Giant customer who purchased products prior to January 1, 2021, you’ll need to setup a MyMaxon account to use the app. We have included a tool that will allow you to migrate all your serial-based purchases. Once you’ve completed that process it’s recommended that you delete the Red Giant App Manager.

The Maxon App is built on new licensing technology. Products purchased prior to January 1, 2021, will need to be reinstalled in order for them to be licensed properly.

Can older Red Giant licenses be added to a MyMaxon account?

Yes, but products purchased before January 2021 from Toolfarm or Red Giant are not immediately linked to your Maxon account. You may see either of the following:

  • Products are unlicensed
  • You see a watermark on your footage (a big red X)

The Maxon App does not use serial numbers but you can add your serial numbers. Below, read how to fix the issue.

  1. Launch the Maxon App
  2. Log in to your Maxon Account.
  3. Choose Import Serial Numbers… from the flyout menu. This will open the Serial Registration Tool.

The Serial Registration tool imports your old serial numbers into the Maxon App so to license your products.

When you launch the Serial Registration Tool, you will see two options for importing serials: 

  • Enter your Red Giant ID and Password and the tool will pull them from your account. If you bought your licenses through RedGiant.com, this is a good option for you.
    1. Enter the email address that was used to make purchases at redgiant.com. This email address is also known as your Red Giant ID
    2. Enter the password for your account 
    3. Click Sign In and Import Licenses 
  • Manually enter your serial numbers. If you bought your Red Giant and Trapcode tools at Toolfarm, this is the easiest method.
    1. Launch the Serial Registration Tool through the Maxon App (see above) 
    2. Click Manually Enter a Serial Number 
    3. Enter a valid serial number 
    4. Click Register Product 
    5. Repeat steps 3-4 until you’ve registered all serial numbers

After your serial numbers have been successfully registered, the red X watermarks will disappear. In addition, the Maxon App will either show that you own a perpetual license or a partial license. 

A Green means that you have all of the tools in the suite now moved to the Maxon App.
A gray means that you have only some of the tools in the suite. This is common if you own individual licenses in a suite.

Why am I seeing a watermark with my active subscription?

The majority of subscription watermarks are resolved by checking over the following steps in this order:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Maxon App.
    The Maxon App is available for download from the top of this page.
  2. Sign into the Maxon App with the same email used to purchase your subscription.
    You can check if the email you’re using has an active subscription associated with its Maxon account on my.maxon.net
  3. Check that the subscription now says it’s activated within the Maxon App.
    If the subscription hasn’t been activated already after you signed in, use the menu to the right of the product to select the Activate option.
maxon one successfully activated

Once all of the above is done, check for a watermark in a BRAND NEW PROJECT/SEQUENCE – NOT A PROJECT YOU’D BEEN WORKING ON WHEN YOU’D DISCOVERED THE WATERMARK.
As a troubleshooting test, try out your subscription product on a brand new sequence/project with a new clip, and apply the effect.

  • If there is no watermark on a brand new project: Then you’re all set.
    To remove the watermark from any project you were working on before, clean out the render cache of your host and you’re good to go.
    • The steps for cleaning out the render cache are dependent on whatever editing program you are using:
      • For After Effects: Edit > Purge > Image Cache Memory
      • For Premiere: Sequence > Delete Render Files
      • For Final Cut Pro X: File > Delete Generated Event Files
    • If you clean out the render cache and there is still a watermark but there was no watermark on a brand new project, try adjusting any of the parameters on the effect by a wide margin to force the output to re-render.
  • If there is still a watermark on a brand new project, and the Maxon App shows you are in a licensed state, use the top right menu of the Maxon App to send Maxon an Error Log via a troubleshooting ticket.

Maxon / Red Giant Floating License Overview

An Explanation of Licensing Options for Floating Maxon/ Red Giant Products. When purchasing floating volume licensing, you have a choice of 3 options for license management: Organizational Accounts, RLM Reprise License Management, and Maxon License Server…

Below, read an Explanation of Licensing Options for Floating Maxon/ Red Giant Products.

Note: Maxon App 2.1 and later allows Floating Teams Licenses to be automatically checked in and released.

When purchasing floating volume licensing, you have a choice of 3 options for license management:

1. Organizational Accounts

Internet Required: Yes
Supports: Cinema 4D, Maxon One, Red Giant, and Redshift*

Details:

Assign groups of licenses from MyMaxon user accounts that allow floating as set by the admin. (Similar to Adobe Teams). Once the organization is created, you can invite users, assign admins, and issue licenses via drag and drop. After adding users to your organization, users can sign into Cinema 4D or Cineversity with their MyMaxon account credentials.

There are a few cases where Organizational accounts may not be the best option:

  • On-premise installations where individual systems don’t have internet access, or in cases where it’s prohibitive to set up MyMaxon accounts for each user (like a school lab). In this case License Server is a better choice.

2. RLM Reprise License Management

Internet Required: No for offline use
Supports: Cinema 4D, Redshift, Red Giant, and Redshift*

Details:

Allows completely offline use, licensed to server details. This is the best option when you need to manage your application licensing for multiple software manufacturers. It’s also a great solution for secure or closed production environments. To modify the hostname of the license, simply open the license in a text editor such as text on Mac, and Note Pad on Windows, change only the hostname, then save the file and restart your RLM Server. NOTE: RLM is not compatible with Mac OSX 11 (Big Sur).

3. Maxon License Server

Internet Required: Yes. Requires periodic Internet access
Supports: Cinema 4D and Redshift* Only. Maxon One Not Supported

Details:

The web interface offers a clear graphical view of floating licenses pooled from multiple Maxon Accounts, with detailed ownership, validity info, and activity log.

*Redshift is supported by all three options as long as it is the Redshift version that is bundled with Cinema 4D.

Please contact sales@toolfarm.com with any questions or additional guidance on choosing the best license for your needs.


How Do I Change my Maxon Email Address?

To change your email address, please log into your My Maxon account and follow the instructions below.

Changing Maxon Account Email


Maxon Organizational Accounts and how to use them

Learn about MyMaxon Organizational Accounts. To explain, Organizational Accounts allow you to assign Cinema 4D, Redshift, and Red Giant licenses to individual employees or groups of users.