ArtistScope Portable Media (APM)

Copy protect mediaArtistScope Portable Media (APM) provides the means to distribute media displayed on web pages without using a web server or being online. APM packages web pages into a single file that will run on any Windows computer as a mini web server. APM files can be distributed by email, download or on disk and their content cannot be extracted to retrieve the media within.

Why use APM?

APM enables authors to bundle many different media displays into a single archive that can be indexed and linked like pages on a web site. It also enables the distribution of media that can be copy protected using a web site protection solution like CopySafe. Different media such as images, PDF and video ideally require different copy protection solutions to best protect them and APM is the best method for delivering them in a single archive that cannot be extracted.

Using a copy protection solution can be more complex but doable with a little experience. For example you can display images and web pages protected by CopySafe Web, display video protected by CopySafe Video and display PDF protected by CopySafe PDF all on the same archive.

APM can also provide the option of protecting your media archive from sharing by employing DRM that can be managed by either an online server (call-to-home) or by offline token file.

Yes, APM is a complex solution but that is because it was created as a single solution to cater for a variety of situations:

  • Display web pages locally without a web site.
  • Prevent media from being extracted and plagiarized.
  • Bundle and index a variety of different media displays.
  • Provide protection from sharing by employing DRM.
  • Provide DRM managed by online and/or offline token file.
  • Provide a platform for using CopySafe PDF, Video or Web protection.

Who benefits the most by using APM?

Anyone distributing a package of several or varied types of media such as PDF and video for correspondence courses that can be viewed away from the Internet. In fact APM was specially designed to cater for the need of LAPWARE who provide correspondence courses in seamanship certification that are mostly studied while afloat and without Internet.

Non-DRM Media Archives

APM archives not protected by DRM will open in the user's default web browser. However they can password protected or otherwise limited by expiry date.

DRM and Access Tokens

If DRM is applied to an APM file, it will open in the ArtisBrowser so that the user's unique Computer ID can be determined and matched to their DRM permission request. If an Access Token is not found the permission request will be sent to the DRM server online. Access Tokens can be provided by the media author and assigned per individual user.

APM Subscriber Account

APM subscriber accounts can only be provided by media authors after subscribing to their paid video service or correspondence course. Subscribers need to use the ArtisBrowser to log in before collecting their Access Tokens.


The ArtisBrowser is the only web browser that still supports real browser plugins so that authors can extend the copy protection of their media by preventing copy/save and screen capture while their media is 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 ArtisBrowser 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

ArtistScope Portable Media 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 used 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 to manage subscribers, archives and DRM permissions.

Windows download  APM Reader Software *  (version  Download   2.24 Mb 
Windows download * ArtisBrowser  (includes APM Reader and CopySafe plugins)  Download   59 Mb 
Windows download  APM Packager Software    (version   Download   2.28 Mb 
PDF download Reader User Guide in PDF  Download   222 Kb 
PDF download Packager User Guide in PDF  Download   145 Kb 
APM download APM Media Example  Download   17.9 Mb 

Changes and Revision

2018-01-31 APM and CopySafe readers now included in the ArtisBrowser.
2017-11-04 APM Token Management revised to resolve download and expiry issues.
2017-01-01 APM Reader version 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 will require some familiarity 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 with templates for displaying different media:

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

APM DRM Management

The ArtistScope Portable Media (APM) Reader and Packager are FREE software. The Reader can be distributed on disk with media archives providing that its installer remains intact. However to assign and manage DRM an Author license file is required and can be attained by subscribing to our paid DRM service:

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

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