ArtistScope Portable Media

ArtistScope Portable Media (APM) provides the most secure copy protection solution for web page media that can be distributed by email, download or on disk.

Non-DRM archives can be password/expiry protected but they can be viewed in the user's default web browser. However DRM protected archives can only be viewed in the ArtistScope web browser and cannot be shared. Regardless of DRM status, all ArtistScope Portable Media archives can be viewed while offline (not requiring Internet). If DRM has been applied the author of the media will have provided an Access Token (corresponding certificate file).

Non-DRM Media Archives

Media archives not protected by DRM do not require Access Tokens and can be viewed in your default web browser. However they may password protected or otherwise limited by expiry date.

DRM and Access Tokens

If DRM is applied to a media archive then an Access Token will be required before the Reader can open it. Tokens are provided by the media author and assigned per individual user (cannot be shared). Before an author can provide an Access Token your Computer ID must be known. Access Tokens can be delivered by email or downloaded from your APM subscriber account. For an Access Token to be recognized it needs to be copied to the folder storing the media archive that it is for.

APM Subscriber Account

The online location of your APM portal can vary as some authors may be managing APM from their own web site while mothers may be using a portal provided by ArtistScope. APM subscriber accounts can only be provided by media authors after you subscribe to their paid video service or correspondence course. Non-author members of an APM portal must always use the ArtistScope web browser to log in before collecting Access Tokens assigned to them.

ArtistScope Web Browser

The ArtistScope browser is the only web browser that is properly designed to protect web-style media and support real browser plugins so that authors can extend the protection of their media by preventing copy/save after media has been exposed for display.

APM Reader

The APM Reader is a free download to the public and can be distributed with your media archives. If a media archive is packaged for Token Protection then the ArtistScope web browser will be required. Without Token Protection the archive can be viewed in the user's default web browser. An Access Token needs to be saved to the same folder that stores the media archive for the Reader to find it.

APM Packager

Output options are:

  • Password protected - leave blank for no password. Opens in default web browser.
  • or Token protected - an access token is required for viewing. Opens in ASPS web browser.

Downloads and Demos

ArtistScope Portable Media software can be evaluated for free. Both the Reader and Packager are free to use without limitation. However to use DRM you need to subscribe to the APM Token Management service. Then you can manage your users, archives and DRM tokens that will enable offline reading while protected from sharing.

 APM Reader Software   (version 3.0.6.1)  Download   2.24 Mb 
 APM Packager Software    (version 3.0.5.2)   Download   2.28 Mb 
Reader User Guide in PDF  Download   222 Kb 
Packager User Guide in PDF  Download   145 Kb 
APM Media Example  Download   18.7 Mb 

Changes and Revision

2017-01-01 APM Reader version 3.0.6.1 resolves some issues with "corrupt tokens".
2016-09-30 APM Packager updated to create placeholder for APM portal upload.
APM Reader included in the ArtistScope browser install (installer v2.0.1.19).
2016-09-12 APM Token Management integrated with CopySafe PDF portal.
2015-11-15 APM software is released to supersede ArtistScope CD.

Tutorials and Templates

Using the APM Packager is not a rocket science but some familiarity will help, especially if you rely on a CMS like WordPress to create web pages, because the APM solution requires that you display your media on web pages using HTML.

The following list of tutorials on videos will walk you through the steps and templates for displaying different media are also provided:

 How to create APM files for CopySafe PDF    Watch video   44 Mb 
 Packaging Protected PDF for APM Download 2 Mb
 CopySafe PDF template for APM Packager      Download   255 Kb 
How to create APM files for CopySafe Web Watch video  60 Mb
CopySafe Web template for APM Packager Download  17.6 Mb

ArtistScope Portable Media Licensing

The ArtistScope Portable Media (APM) Reader is free to use by everyone and can be distributed on disk with media archives providing that its installer remains intact. To enable the Packager to assign DRM to a media archive, an Author license file is required.

APM Token Management Service Service fee per month   $35/month
  Service fee per 3 months   $27/month
  Service fee per 6 months   $22/month
  Service fee per 12 months   $18/month
Account Setup Fee One-time setup fee   $45


Frequent Questions and Answers

Does APM provide all the copy protection that I need?
No. APM provides the means to display web style content offline and with the option of using DRM to prevent sharing. The ArtistScope web browser enhances protection of the web pages displayed from your APM archive, but to add copy protection that prevents PrintScreen and screen capture you will need to use a third party solution. For example CopySafe PDF can used for PDF douments or Copysafe Web can be used to copy protect web pages. Either solution can be used and their domain-lock licensing already includes the "localhost" option regardless of the main site that it casn be purchased for.
Are there comparable solutions to APM?
APM is most unique as it evolved from ArtisCD which was similar but did not cater for DRM especially DRM that could be used while offline. But if there is a similar solution out there by now, it will not be anywhere near as secure as APM when used with DRM and CopySafe.
Why is content described as being delivered "web style"?
APM delivers content displayed on web pages. So any media that you need to display must be embedded on a web page. Then for you index you simply provide a HTML file that links to ach of the pages.
Are there any special requirements for the HTML?
No. But the start page must be named "index.html" and all other pages should use thee .html suffix/exetension
Can programming languages like PHP or ASP be used?
No. Basic HTML and javaScript are all that is supported and all that is needed.
Can I use the HTML5 media player to display my video?
No. HTML5 may be supported in a future release but for now is not necessary and not supported. To display video and Flash we recommend using FlowPlayer which can be licensed to "localhost" which is the URL of the APM mini web server.
Can PDF documents be displayed securely?
Yes. But as with an form of web display, normal PDF cannot be allowed to use Adobe Reader resources because they expose the document to all sorts of unwanted save and print options. Instead PDF can be displayed via a HTML module as in our example file, or by using the CopySafe PDF browser plugin.
Can APM archives be searched from the Internet?
Absolutely not. Anyway why would anyone want to do what will expose content to exploit? Copy protection solutions can only remain secure by prenting ALL such unauthorized access.
Is APM software really free to uses?
Yes. But applying nad managing DRM to prevent sharing and unauthorized distribution you need to use the APM Token Management service which requires payment of a monthly susbscription. Author accounts can be rented perpetually or only used for short term campaigns.
What type of files can be displayed via APM?
Any type of files that can be displayed on a web page. For example, images, PDF, Flash and video can be displayed on web pages, but Powerpoint cannot.
Are hyperlinks and bookmarks supported?
Yes. Bookmarks within the same archive are supported and hyperlinks to resouces on the Internet are also supprted. But bookmarks linking between seperate APM archives are not supported.
Is it necessary to be online to open a DRM protected APM archive?
No. APM was esecially designed for offline use, for merchant seamen and the like, who cannot access the iInter net while reading an APM archive.
Are there any limiations/requirements to use offline DRM?
Yes. While users can open DRM protected APM archives while offline by installing a DRM Token file, they do need to be online at the onset to coleect their DRM token file. That way their computer ID can be identified and included in the DRM Token file.
Can the Token Management service be purchased and installed on my server?
No. This would be like giving the keys to the city. There can only be one Token dispensary and it is provided by ArtistSCope as a rented service. That way the APM archives of other authors cannot be exploited and no-one eouitside ArtistScope has a clue as to how the DRM Tokens work or the encryption used.
What happens if I let my Token Management service expire?
No consequence. Any APM archives and tokens already distributed will still work. The only change is loss of access to the service for you to add new subscribers and archive tokens.
Can APM be read on all devices and OS such as phones?
No. Windows is required. However Mac can install the APM Reader and ArtistScope browser by running Windows in a Parallels partition.
Are there plans to extend APM support to other OS?
Not possible. All non-Windows OS are useless for real copy protection because they cannot prevent copy at system level and cannot reliably identify the user's machine to properly enforce DRM. Authors publishing their intellectual property for such devices do so at their own peril.