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by Prototype; Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:29 pm
by rod_zero; Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:01 pm
The differences arise in the copyprotection method, some software requiere virtual or hardware dongles, a USB or small program runing in the background that checks for a "key" to authorize use of the product.
Some others have this in to the software the registration key is entered in to the vst and it never asks for it again.
Most venderos allow more than one instaltion, lets say most allow two computers to run the software at different times and by the same user.
by braj; Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:25 pm
by braj; Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:08 am
Prototype wrote:so if i download something from lets say native instruments or best service, and a year later my laptop breaks and i get a new one, i can just go to the website, log in and download the program again?
Well, that depends on the developer, some let you download versions forever, some only once, so it is good practice to backup every piece of software you buy, and store away the passwords securely.
by Spitfire31; Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:45 am
Just to repeat braj's post, it goes without saying that of course you have to backup your downloaded purchases!Prototype wrote:so if i download something from lets say native instruments or best service, and a year later my laptop breaks and i get a new one, i can just go to the website, log in and download the program again?
Make one backup on an external hard disk and another one on a CD/DVD (just like the one you get when purchasing a boxed product).
Consider the saying that digital information that isn't backupped on at least two different media doesn't exist. Take it seriously!
And, like braj says, keep careful notes of your log in names, passwords, serial numbers, and so on and so forth.
Besides, audio software is updated often and the boxed product isn't, so even if you buy a boxed synth or effect, be prepared to go to the vendor's website and download/install the latest upgrade.
by osiris; Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:51 am
by Urs; Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:06 am
The other thing is this: If we pressed a few thousand CDs with the current software, chances are good that there's already a new version ready for download once the box is sold. Thus the first thing the customer would do is... download the latest version anyway.
For those reasons we more and more perceive the habit to fill boxes just with a voucher code and a download link. No CD, no manual, nothing else. This becomes actually the same thing as buying stuff online. Only, you go in a store to pay for it, and you get a box with download instructions.
Sooner or later shops will have little plastic cards on sale, just like the ones for pre-paid telephone recharges. There'll be a number printed on it under some coat that needs to be rubbed off, and that will replace the credit card when buying online. The good thing about this is, it lets us put stuff in the shops with (hopefully) qualified people who can demonstrate it. And because of the small form factor it allows for us to do our own distribution. We can cut out the warehouse, the distributor, the high manufacturing costs, high postage costs etc. and still be in Guitar Center with some sort of physical product.
Or, as it also looks right now, Guitar Center etc. will offer to buy stuff online for you, while you're in the shop.
Just some random thoughts...
by osiris; Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:10 am
by Kalee; Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:40 am
I don't even have a CD-drive anymore since these new motherboards only use SATA connectors, and it feels like I don't maybe ever need one again. Maybe USB CD/DVD drive at most.
I have made a folder for audio things where I have backups for Reaper related stuff, installer for it and Zebra.
Gonna put this stuff to USB stick or maybe get external hardware for backup purposes when those get a bit cheaper again. Same I would do when I reformat or get new computer. Also, USB stuff is faster than CDs, I think.
Serial you get in e-mail, instead of sticker in the box.
by Prototype; Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:17 pm