Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Visit the information pages at the Manifold Net website for detailed information on Manifold System products and procedures. The questions and answers below are for the Manifold Online Store.
Credit Cards and Payments
If I change my mind can I get a refund? - No. The Online Store is for people who know what they want, who want the lowest possible price on a license and who are willing to give up the flexibility of changing their minds to get the lowest possible price. It is like buying a room reservation or an airline ticket that has a very low price but which cannot be refunded.
Manifold offers a free Manifold Viewer product that can be used to assess Manifold Release 9 technologies, as well as a the 30-day Lease product to assess Release 8. Use those to get your head around the products so you can order with confidence on the Online Store and take advantage of the lowest possible price.
My transaction was not approved. What could be the problem? - Your card issuer does not approve the transaction submitted through the payment network. The most common reasons:
My transaction was not approved. I called my bank and the bank says the problem is not my card. What can I do? - Use a different card issued by a different bank. Bank employees are not always fully aware of all intricacies of their bank's processes. For example, your bank may state that they did not decline your card when what happened was that upon a request for authorization your bank requested a "call for authorization." Technically speaking, it is true that is not a "decline" but since machines cannot call up on the telephone it has the same effect as a decline.
Another example is if your bank says "We've not seen a transaction request" which could be true if you've not enrolled your card in MasterCard's SecureCode or Visa's Verified by Visa enhanced security programs. If you haven't secured your card the PayDollar network will not submit insecure card information to your bank.
Can I use credit cards other than Visa or MasterCard? - Not at the present time. Cards such as JCB, UnionPay and others will likely be added in 2012.
Will American Express cards be added? - There are no plans to do so at the present time. Manifold discontinued acceptance of American Express cards since those involved higher costs than cards used more frequently by Manifold customers such as Visa and MasterCard. To keep prices as low as possible for customers we do not want to add extra costs in the purchasing process.
Can I use a debit card? - That depends upon the debit card. Almost all debit cards that have a Visa or MasterCard logo on them will work.
What currencies are accepted by the Online Store - At the present time, all prices are in US dollars, and all payments are made in US dollars or in Hong Kong dollars. If you pay your credit card bills in a currency other than US dollars or Hong Kong dollars, the amounts will be automatically converted by the payment system using the exchange rate prevailing at the time of your transaction.
Can I pay in a currency other than US dollars or Hong Kong dollars? - Not on the Online Store at the present time, although many currencies are accepted for wire transfer payments (see below). Additional currencies such as Australian Dollars, Chinese Renminbi and others will likely be options added in 2011.
What is "3-D" security? - That is the credit card industry's term for enhanced security processes such as Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, which allow credit card holders to enjoy extra security by authorizing each online transaction with a password known only to the cardholder.
Why does Manifold launch a new window for PayDollar? Why not accept all info within the Store? - That is an important security measure to assure the utmost security for your credit card information. When a company's online store accepts your credit card information, the company gains access to all that information. Even if you trust the company to be careful, if they don't absolutely need to have your card info, why give it to them? Only the credit card payment processing network needs your credit card details. When you enter your credit card info into the PayDollar / AsiaPay dialog, you are communicating directly with the secure processing network. Manifold does not receive or store your credit card info. All Manifold receives is an approval or a decline on the transaction without knowing details of your card information. Because Manifold does not receive or store that information, there is no way your confidential information can be stolen from or lost by Manifold. It is securely passed directly from you into the processing network.
I like the idea of extra security. How can I sign up for Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode? - See the links in the PayDollar payment dialogs. It takes just a minute or two online to sign your card up with the organization that issued you your Visa card or MasterCard.
I tried to sign up for Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode but my bank is not listed or does not support these. How can I buy? - The short answer is to either use a card that can be enrolled into Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, or pay by wire transfer. Even though both Visa and MasterCard have announced they will soon require all Internet transactions to utilize Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, some banks have delayed implementing these programs. These programs add slightly to transaction costs for merchants and for card-issuing banks, so if a bank can delay until the very last moment to implement these programs they can make a little extra money for themselves even though failing to support these programs exposes your financials to greater risk. If your bank is willing to expose you to financial harm in order to make a few pennies for themselves, is it not time to consider choosing a bank that puts your security first? Banks which put the security of their customers first have long ago implemented Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode. Consider moving your credit cards to one of them. If other factors prevent such a move, you can always pay by wire transfer. That has become very fast and easy, like electronic bill payment, with many banks that offer full-service Internet banking. Of course, a bank that is so far behind the times that they don't support 3D security might not provide full-service Internet banking either, so you may have to visit the bank in person and fill out an annoying paper form to do a wire transfer.
How does failure to use Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode expose me to greater financial risk? - Transactions that do not use Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode make it much easier for a criminal to use your card without authorization. Without 3D security, if a criminal gets your card number, he can use it. It's too easy for criminals to get card numbers, so it is important to be protected by Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode. For example, it seems that every week there is a news story about how hackers have stolen millions of credit cards from some merchant's database, even from highly reputable companies. Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode completely eliminate such threats to cardholders because the merchant never has access to the password required for the card to be used. What the merchant never sees, the merchant cannot store in some database that a hacker can steal. That keeps you safe from such thefts.
I am buying this license for somebody else: what email address should I provide? - Most people who are buying will use their own email address, because they want to get the invoice email and the serial email themselves to be sure the order has gone through. They then forward the serial number email to the person who they want to have the license. Keep in mind that when you place an order with Manifold, you are Manifold's customer and not anyone to whom you forward the license.
Can I stop by your office and pay in cash? - No, all transactions are handled by credit card through the Online Store or by prepayment via wire transfer.
Can I pay by wire transfer (telegraphic transfer)? - Yes, subject to a minimum transaction amount and a wire transfer fee. Contact with a request to pay by wire transfer for complete instructions. Note that some offerings, such as trading in an existing license for upgrade credit, can only be done on the Online Store using a credit card. Wire transfers may be made in US dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British pounds (GBP), Hong Kong dollars (HKD), Australian dollars (AUD), Chinese renminbi (RMB / CNY), Canadian dollars (CAD), Swiss franc (CHF), Japanese yen (JPY), New Zealand dollars (NZD) and Singapore dollars (SGD). Please contact for a quotation if you would like to pay in currencies other than US dollars.
Can I order a larger quantity and get a discount? - Yes, if you prepay by wire transfer. See the Discounts page for quantities, discounts and terms and conditions.
Serial Numbers and Upgrades
I entered a serial number for an upgrade and it was not accepted. What could be the problem? - The serial number you entered is incorrect or is a correctly entered serial number for a procured product or trade in product that does not qualify for the special offer. This is easy to remedy by checking the serial number on the status page. Consider the following:
My serial number is out of activations. Can I still trade it in for upgrade credit? - Yes, unless that is explicitly disallowed by the special offer.
I do not have my serial number but I want to get an upgrade credit. What next? - There may be a chance (no guarantees) you can recover your serial number by using a key recovery service product that is available for purchase on the Online Store. Please read the Key Recovery Service Instructions before ordering any key recovery service products to avoid wasting the service fee.
Invoice and Serial Number Emails
What emails are sent to me by the Manifold Online Store? - Most transactions will have two emails sent from the Manifold Online Store, from the or the email address: All transactions result in an invoice email, but some transactions on the Online Store do not generate a serial number email. For example, acquiring a Key Recovery Service product results in an invoice email and will not generate a serial number email right away. Only after the service is performed, which could be several business days later, is a success or failure email sent to you. To take another example, acquiring additional activation keys does not generate a new serial number email: that service product adds more keys to the serial number you already have.
I have not received any emails. What could be the problem? - If your transaction concluded successfully, the Manifold Online Store will send you email from the or the email address. Most email systems worldwide will deliver email to your Inbox within a few minutes of sending. The most common problems are spam filters blocking the email sent to you or typographical errors in the email address provided. If you do not receive email within thirty minutes of your purchase, consider the following:
I have corrected a problem with my email reception. Can my serial number email be resent? - If it is less than 30 days from the date of purchase, yes, your serial number email can be resent at no charge. Contact Manifold at with a request for a resend. If it is more than 30 days from the date of purchase you will have to purchase a Key Recovery Service product for a small fee from the Online Store to arrange a resend.
Privacy Information
Manifold is committed to protecting the privacy of customer information. We will not sell, exchange or lease out any customer information (including name, email address, mail address, telephone number, credit card details and transaction records) to any third party.
Security Information
The Manifold Online Store is operated by Manifold Software Limited with online transaction processing provided by PayDollar using the highest commercially available encryption technology - 128-bit SSL encryption. All confidential information is automatically encrypted before it is transmitted, to protect your confidential data from being read and interpreted. 3-D Secure authentication is also supported such as Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode for exceptionally high security. PayDollar is a service of AsiaPay.
Other Help Topics
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