The short version of this question: When Dorico hangs because of a stupid license error and I have to force-quit it, is there any way to avoid restarting the computer? Are there other processes I can force-quit (using the Activity Monitor, or whatever), to get me to the place where I can start Dorico again? It’s incredibly annoying to need to restart.
The long version:
I have a licensed copy of Dorico 4 on a Mac (macOS 12.1). When I open Dorico, most of the time it loads fine, but for the past two days, I’ve had near-constant issues with the licenser. I get the error “No license found” (“No license for Dorico 4 AudioEngine has been found in your account”) and Dorico hangs. Clicking Retry or Dismiss does not help. Eventually I give up. Meanwhile, Dorico has completely stalled in loading, and I force quit it.
Now I re-open the Steinberg Activation Manager and I see Dorico Pro 4 is “Activated.” But when I try to open Dorico again, it does not open – the loading screen stalls out. The last time it froze on something like “Initializing SKI Plugin Controller…done”.
This is so incredibly annoying. I have a valid license, nothing about my system has changed, and not only am I getting error messages but I can’t easily start the program. Restarting my computer is a huge pain and interruption in my work — is there any way to get back to a place where I can open Dorico, without restarting the computer?
I used to religiously open the e-Licenser and run the license clean-up (or whatever it was called), to try to avoid these issues. What can we do to avoid these problems, as legal users of the software?