Product affected: MapInfo Pro™
Officially supported way to extend Open Universal Data functionality is to have a full version of FME installed on a customer machine and use Safe Software utility to extend MiPro to use all supported formats. Detailed explanation is here: http://www.safe.com/solutions/for-applications/mapinfo/
FME provides us with an OEM license that is shipped with MiPro and specifies which formats are supported for Pro for reading/writing in Quick Translator and Open Universal Data. Theoretically it is possible to negotiate with Safe Software to get a different license.
1. I have downloaded the FME Desktop 32bit trial version. But I don’t get any additional formats in MI Pro. If I understand you correctly, the licensing for FME to use in MI Pro would be a separate license file/key.
Answer: You need to run “fmeintegrationconsole.exe” located in FME folder in order to extend.
2. Will MI Pro work with a floating license of FME? - and if yes, do you know when FME will borrow a license? With the start of MI Pro or when you click on the "open universal data" menu?
Answer: Yes, MiPro will work with a floating FME license. We use floating licenses for our testing.
In the past, we were loading FME at a startup. In version 12.0, we load FME only when we needed. This was done to shorten MiPro startup time and to use less memory. But if you try to use “open universal data” or open shapefiles (we use FME to read ESRI PRJ files), we will try to load FME.
UPDATED: September 6, 2017