About Our Software
Tilt-DesignNS was developed by a practicing engineer, and designed exclusively for use
by engineering professionals. In order to provide functionality well beyond what you would find in a typical, simple spreadsheet,
it is necessary to use code. There are over 100,000 lines of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code incorporated into the
Tilt-DesignNS program. In order to be identified as a “trusted source” by our users,
the VBA code in the program has been digitally signed.
What is Code Signing?
When customers buy software in a store, the source of that software
is obvious. Customers can tell who published the software, and they can see whether the package has been opened. These factors
enable customers to make decisions about what software to purchase and how much to "trust" those products.
Customers who download content from tilt-sys.com can be
confident that the code really comes from us, and hasn't been altered or corrupted since it was created and signed. This
is accomplished using Microsoft's Authenticode technology coupled with Tilt-Sys’ digital ID/certificate. Code signing,
through the use of digital
signatures, enables software developers such as Tilt-Sys Inc. to include information
about ourselves and our code with the software.
IDs serve as virtual "shrink wrap" for software. After the code is
signed, if it is tampered with in any way, the digital
signature will break and alert customers that the code has been altered and is not
Users benefit from
this software accountability because they know who published the software and that the code hasn't been tampered with.
In the extreme case where software might perform unacceptable or malicious activity on their computers, users can pursue recourse
against the publisher. This accountability and potential recourse serve as a strong deterrent to the distribution of harmful
We as a developer benefit from code signing because it
builds trust in our name and makes it more difficult to falsify our product. By signing our code, we can build a trusted relationship
with users, who learn they can download software signed by Tilt-Sys Inc. with confidence.