Razzia wrote:I don't think there's any way to do it yourself. If that were possible, there'd be no point to VPS putting an activation limit on Avenger. It would be nice if there were a way to deactivate machines individually, but Manuel has said they've been working on a license manager of sorts for Avenger, so maybe that'll be possible in the future. If you write to renee he's always been ridiculously fast to respond in my experience, so I've never worried much about the activation limit.
There's no dongle option for Avenger, but if for some reason they'd opt to put it on dongle protection it'd be eLicenser instead of iLok. I think it's the only VPS plug that's not on eLicenser. IMO they were sensible to ditch the dongle protection. It's a big deterrent for new customers - the eLicenser in particular is likely to discourage people from trying it out because there are a lot fewer reasons to have an eLicenser compared to an iLok. I only have one because of Cubase, but I've avoided a number of very good plugins simply because I don't want an ilok in addition to the dongle that's already on my main machine, and I for one would hate having to move my eLicenser or buy an extra one just to use Avenger on my laptop.
Theoretically we're in the same boat, although on different ends. I always was a big hater of those activation thingis and considered hardware licencers as "holding out the tin cup" - money for nothing. Some people crack, legit customers have to pay, actually twice, with their money and the trouble.
Well on the other hand I'm working in the software development industry myself, even though I never felt the need to put an activation on an app I can 100% understand the need to protect your property, it translates directly into your business, your employees, the bread and butter of your own family, being able to pay the rent.
Now that I've gone through the trouble of (in total over 3,5 month) THREE new laptops / tablet pcs breaking within the first few weeks of use.. I was never happier about a thing than the new ilok I purchased at last. Once all my licences where on it I felt a big releave. This tiny piece of hardware now is worth more money than I ever possessed in my entire life at a single occurence. And I feel free to use any computer I want to make music. Sure, it could break too, but what can you do? The ilok-insurance, ok, well I'm in Germany and ilok is Murica, shipment takes a while. Probably gonna buy a new one the moment I notice something's off.
EDIT: I know what they cold do - give us the abillity to make an activation reset ourselfs. But that would cut iloks need to exists, I guess.