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klaus rodahlavid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:48:58 am

Do you have to buy a Avid with a dongle or can you just use a license key? What are the pros and cons of both?

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klaus


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Michael PhillipsRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 1:26:38 pm

For me, I like to keep dongles on the systems that don't travel and a license key on the laptops. Mainly so I don't them and they don't break off when on the road by accident. In the studio, I like moving dongles around as needed. There are different reasons for different situations.

Michael

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klaus rodahlRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 5:48:06 pm

Thanks Michael

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Glenn SakatchRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:02:58 pm

I was looking at dongles after the fact. They cost about 300 bucks i think. Not sure if you can get one for free with a new purchase. I was leary of the license system at first, but once you get it set on a couple of machines, it is very fast to deactivate from one box, and activate onto another.

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Michael PhillipsRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:16:38 pm

The software license works well as along as everything is working well. But some upgrades require de-licensing first, some don't, and if your OS or disk fails for whatever reason, getting that license back is not quick or very straightforward. That is why many still like the dongle.

If there was user control over their licenses in the almighty cloud allowing the local client to have more flexibility, then it can actually improve over physical dongles. One of the last few patent filings I did while at Avid had a cool solution to this that perhaps one day might come to market.

Michael

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Glenn SakatchRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 19, 2012 at 7:29:32 pm

True, i have uninstalled Avid, forgetting to deactivate first. Then had to call up tech support and get them
to deactivate it for me. I think it was v5.0, and i didn't have the license manager in my applications folder.

Glenn


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Michael PhillipsRe: avid symphony - dongle or license key?
by on Apr 21, 2012 at 2:50:27 am

A recent example of what you describe:
http://community.avid.com/forums/t/108462.aspx

Software licensing just needs additional TLC until a "cloud" version of authorization comes to market and implemented.

Michael

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