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Glenn Sakatch
Avid Version numbers
on Mar 25, 2018 at 7:48:17 pm

I just went to the Avid website to download an old version (v7.*) to use on a laptop with an old software activation i have in the cupboard, and i was a bit confused by the numbering and dates attached to each.

The last version 7 i can find is 7.07, but it says it has a release date of may from last year? AFAIK, the latest version 7 update was 2 or 3 years ago.

Then i look up top to see that there is a newer version available for my main system. (Thanks Application Manager for never telling me this)

It shows 4 current releases of Avid 8.85, 8.2.14, 8.10, and 2018.3. 2018.3 has the newest release date, which is what i would expect, as my main dongle was running 2018.1 from January. What I don't understand is how version 8.10 is from 2017, and 8.2.14 is from 1 month ago. Why is an 8.2 version newer than both the 8.10 and 8.8 version from last summer? Is Avid updating older versions for some reason?

Glenn


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Tom Witt
Re: Avid Version numbers
on Mar 25, 2018 at 9:11:01 pm

I don't know for sure..., but my "guess" would be that within certian previous versions there are smaller "retro" updates.

Some systems only work with certain versions. But within a lower numbered version there may still be "some" updates that are applicable. So, if it seemed safe to Avid to update a portion of a lower number version they may have done that after they updated a higer number. Thus the update time stamp shows it was more current on a lower version number.

I'm a PC guy and Avid itself seems like a Mac in terms of limitations and updates. You deal with things THEIR way.


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Shane Ross
Re: Avid Version numbers
on Mar 25, 2018 at 10:05:43 pm

Avid knows that many MANY of it's customers are "legacy" customers, meaning they won't update past a certain version. (V6, v7). So, they will release bug fixes for those versions to keep them happy.

BTW...I cannot think of another company that does that.

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Brent Marginet
Re: Avid Version numbers
on Mar 26, 2018 at 3:37:31 am

Avid still supports some of there older versions of software and will occasionaly do updates to address bugs in those versions. I believe that it's related to either older versions that are still in wide use by larger facilities or versions that deprecate there older Avid hardware. Version 5.5.5 was released almost a year after version 6 was out, this is the last version that supports the Adrenaline and the Firewire Mojo hardware. I still know people who haven't upgraded from version 5 because of the large investments they made in Avid's Adrenaline Hardware, so it kind of makes sense that they would do these updates.

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