“What good will more words do”…I feel a song coming on…probably been used before…but will use it anyway and share the royalties…
As the instigator of this topic, I feel obliged to reply to comments.
As a software developer myself, I totally get it. Writing software is bloody HARD and I applaud Steinberg for the software they have released over the years. I’ve been with Steinberg for longer than I care to remember, starting in my parents loft in my teens. I’ve been with Steinberg from the beginning.
Cubase 11 has been extremely reliable for me over the years (probably the most reliable version) and I hope that Cubase 12 proves to be the same.
But, I feel that transition to cloud based authorisation has been too slow. Other companies ditched the Dongle years ago.
I read somewhere that the integration into the dongle from Cubase was literally all over the place in the codebase. I guess dissecting/removing this has been challenging.
Hopefully removing this dongle calling code will result in a more responsive Cubase and free up the developers to focus on the job in hand.
There seems to have been a lack of coherence/strategy at times with Steinberg and their products but hopefully this will get better.
At the end of the day, the more you try to protect code from hackers, the more of a challenge you create to crack it.
It’s no secret that that software is a profitable business. The owner of www.propellerheads.com said that “a lot of people use cracked versions…but plenty of people buy the software too”.
Indeed, using cracked versions has been the only affordable way into making music on their computers in many cases. I’m sure a lot of current Steinberg/Cubase users have used some cracks in their time or indeed…still do.
It’s a bit of a balancing act in some respects I guess.
I would like to see other Steinberg collections like “Absolute” and sound instruments sets moving over to the cloud authorisation quickly though. I can’t open projects on my laptop that use these unless I plug in my dongle. Very frustrating and far from being “ditch the dongle”.
Another trend I’ve noticed is being able to download software legitimately without having a license? I think the Steinberg Download Centre should more clearly identify which products you are licensed to use prior to downloading and being presented later with a “you aren’t licensed message”.
I would like to see a CI/CD approach from Steinberg with more frequent bug fixes/releases for end users. Other products I use receive far more frequent updates.
I hope that other companies (refx, vsl ) follow suit quickly too with the dongle.
Let’s save the planet from plastic!