Current Pigment License Types

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There are different components to the Pigment pricing plan, which is structured according to your needs:

  • Platform fee
  • Number of licenses
  • Associated features

For more information on the different plans we have available and what is included within each plan, please refer to our pricing page. This article will cover the definition of the different license types purchased with your plan. 


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Pricing and Licenses Overview 


Pigment’s pricing is based on your purchased plan, which includes different components structured to your needs, along with a number of licenses. The details of your plan (your plan name, the start and end dates of your plan, and license utilization) are listed on the Plan & Usage page located within Pigment. 

Workspace Admins, Security Admins, and Primary Owners can access this page by clicking Settings on the Sidebar from the workspace level. From there, you can select Plan & Usage to see the details of your plan and compare it with other plans.  


What are the different license types?


Pigment uses a permission-based licensing system. In this system, a member’s license is determined by the actions they are granted permissions to do on the platform.

There are three different licenses, Editor, Contributor, and Explorer

Explorer users are the default member in Pigment - a member added into Pigment starts with the fewest permissions, hence they are an Explorer. You can assign the Contributor or Editor license type to a member by granting them more advanced permissions which enables them to use the associated platform functionality. An Editor license is the member granted the most permissions of the three licenses.

The Plan & Usage page will display the usage of your licenses against the licenses purchased as part of your overall price plan.


What features turn an Explorer into a Contributor or Editor?


Once a user is added to Pigment, they will count as an Explorer. There are different permissions that will elevate them into the more advanced Contributor role. 

A member is assigned to a license type by granting them permissions in 2 levels:

  • Workspace-level permissions: by assigning the Member an Account Type

  • Application-level: by assigning specific permissions in the User Role and managing their ability to input


Note: Writing or inputting data into blocks or board widgets are also counted in the Contributor license. These are configured via Access Rights, and we recommend that you set up the Role default Access Rights to allow / disallow Write actions accordingly.  

If a Member’s role has the default Access rights set to “Write” or “Unspecified” it will be upgraded to a Contributor or Editor License.


Workspace Level permissions: Account Type


When adding a member to Pigment, they are assigned an Account Type. Account Types define the actions a member can perform at the workspace level.

If a member has an Account Type other than a Standard Member, they are considered an Editor. This is because they will have the permission to create new Applications. In order to be an Explorer or Contributor, a member must first have the Standard Member Account Type. 


A user can have a Standard Member account type and still be considered a Contributor or Editor if they are given certain Application Level permissions.


Application Level permissions 


Each Application has its own set of permissions associated with it. While a user might have an Account Type of Standard Member, they can still be an admin or have advanced permissions within an individual Application. 



Difference between a Contributor and an Editor 


The Contributor license is designed to give a user the ability to add new data while not making major changes to a model. The Editor license is designed to give a user the ability to create new formulas and define the overall logic of the model. 


You can grant a member a Contributor and Editor by granting them the required application-level permissions. There are five permissions a Contributor can have within the application:

  • Add List Items - allows them to use functionality such as adding items to a list from a Board. 

  • Remove List Items 

  • Reorder List Items

  • Import Data - allows contributors to Import into List or Metric.

  • Display Block Explorer- this permission will allow contributors to see all blocks in the sidebar but they won’t have the ability to create new blocks.


If a member is granted permissions beyond the Contributor permissions listed above, they will be assigned the Editor license. 


Summary of Explorer, Contributor and Editor Workspace-level Security settings

Summary of Explorer, Contributor, and Editor Application-level Security settings

  • A Standard Member with only Display Application and Formula Playground permissions, and no other permissions granted, will be considered an Explorer.

  • A Standard Member with data and exploration permissions (Add & remove List Items, Import Data, Display Block Explorer) will be considered a Contributor.

  • If a member has any permissions other than these above, they are considered an Editor

  • If a member has default Write Access Rights on their Roles set as “Unspecified” or “Write”, they will be considered a Contributor, or Editor license (if additional Editor permissions are granted). 



Role’s Permissions to License type table 


The table below highlights the Role’s Permissions that are included for each License type.  

Default Access rights are also factored in when calculating License type.  All Read Application data options are included for each type.  However, if a Member has Write Application data set to “Unspecified” or “Write” they are upgraded into the Contributor or Editor license. 


Permission Name







Display Application




Configure Application 




Define Application security




Configure calendars




View History




Create & Delete Folders




​Create scenarios




​Delete scenarios




Formula playground







Display Block Explorer




Configure Blocks




Configure Views




Add List Items




Remove List Items




Reorder List Items




Import Data







Open Boards




Configure Boards




Comment on Boards 





For more information on your individual pricing plan and how to manage your license usage, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager.

If you are on one of the versions of our legacy pricing, please refer to these articles: Legacy v1, Legacy v2. Please note the articles refer to pricing options that are not available to new customers and cannot be renewed. For more information on the different plans we have available now and what is included within each plan, please refer to our pricing page


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