319 posts since 4 Oct, 2009, from Portland, OR
I've encountered one wrinkle with the new expansion licensing. Every time I buy something from reFX I have to re-enter all my billing info, even though I already have an account there (some other sites are like this too... Antares, and I think Waves). Anyway, a few months ago when filling out all my info again to purchase a couple expansions I accidentally used my personal email instead of my regular refx email. This had the unintended side effect of creating a new refx account (even though I was already signed in at refx.com with my existing account) and applying my new expansions to the new account.
At the time it wasn't an issue, because I had keyfiles for the new expansions from that new account, and everything worked fine.
But now with 2.5.x I can't use those expansions anymore, even though my eLicenser is registered under both my reFX accounts. Nexus tells me it's muting the patches from those expansions if I try to use them. I have submitted a support ticket, but I imagine they're swamped with holiday sales stuff right now. Fingers crossed that they can merge my accounts somehow.
Also- I'd MUCH rather use an eLicenser/iLok than pray that a challenge/response will work every time I have to install stuff on a new computer or partition. Ever install the Korg Legacy Collection? Took me like an hour just to register that bundle on my PC. And you've got things like Ableton Live where you've got a max number of activations. Ableton emailed me that I can't install Live 8 again without asking permission, for example. Give me a dongle any day over that nonsense.
Dongles are also handy for dual-boot systems. I've got Win7 and Win8 partitions on my DAW system and I don't have to do anything special with any of my iLok/eLicenser/Waves software because the licenses are all right there; just leave the keys plugged in.
UPDATE: reFX just got back to me; they merged my accounts and gave me a new master key, w00t.