Recently upgraded to Reason 6 which ships with a usb dongle and also an internet software verification system. It’s great as I do move between desktop and laptop often which of course means scrambling underneath the table behind my computer to pull out my dongle. I did consider buying another usb dongle to transfer licenses to this for when I wanted to use laptop but I have to say that seeing propellerheads method of authentication in action makes me wish that Steinberg would follow suit. The software runs unobtrusively in the background and when Reason is launched without a dongle a prompt screen asks whether you want to run the program in demo mode or if you would like to connect to the internet to verify your license. It really is as simple as that!
All those who have bought and supported software companies understand the needs of software protection and and Steinberg is one of the few who can say that their protection actually works. I hope that something like this could be implemented so protection (from a user point of view) is one less thing I need to think about when planning projects.
Thoughts and ideas welcome.