This rant is simply to express frustration at Steinberg’s copy protection system. I know that this subject of rant has happened here before. I know that people are ‘working on a solution’. Also - this is nothing against Dorico or the creators of said software as I am big supporter and use the software everyday… everyday i remember the usb-elicenser that is!
Now that my Dorico License is married to a damnified usb-elicenser with nary a drag n drop possible to re-transfer back to a humble 'ol soft elicenser I often run into situations where I don’t have the dongle and can’t use the program i paid good money for. Why does this happen so often you may ask? Well it’s because I stay up late working on stuff. After a session at 2am i can often be prone to cognitive lapses and will forget to unplug the damnified USB elicenser from my desktop computer and put it in my laptop bag. A few hours later, when i get up to teach, my cognitive functionality has degenerated further and i re-forget to go down to my studio and extract the damnified USB-elicenser from it’s preferred position up the rear of my DAW. The previous night’s wonderful composition exercises on modes of limited transposition (for instance) i had planned to demonstrate live, with midi keyboard and Dorico, are sitting beautifully on the cloud ready for my perusal… but after the real world wake up call of 90 minutes of traffic congestion and 13 coffees i realise for the second time in 7 days that I have forgotten the dongle.
At this point I get frustrated and these are my thoughts - A) why can’t we have a dual installation possible from one purchased copy? One for home, one for laptop. Is this too much to ask for? B) Why can’t I transfer the license off the USB-elicenser to my soft-elicenser AT ANY TIME. ie log into My Steinberg or e-licenser control center and just take the license off the dongle and put it on the soft-elicenser. Man! how hard is it!?
Anyway that’s my rant over. I feel much better. Thanks for being around forum. I am now going to very consciously and dutifully pull the damnified usb-elicenser out of the rear of my DAW in preparation for tomorrow’s exercises on the wonderful symmetry of diminished harmony
PS anyone suggesting that a second copy is a solution - think about the cost of updating both copies over 10 years. for anyone suggesting purchasing a copy of Elements as a temporary workaround until Steinberg get their s#!t together, I could be convinced.