In a recent post https://www.steinberg.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=246&t=166631 I described what I experienced with Dorico
On June 14th 2017 I purchased a Dorico 1 license, a crossgrade from Sibelius, and I received a box and a USB-licenser. I never installed anything on any computer since Dorico 1 didn’t jave the features I need (Chord Symbol) as I’m a jazz musician.
On March 10th, 2019, I purchased a Dorico 2 upgrade and received an email containing an activation code
I immediately installed Dorico 2 and made sure to follow the procedure required so I wouldn’t have to use the USB licenser. I had to enter 2 activation codes, the one of Dorico 1 and then the one of Dorico 2 if I remember well. But I did’nt have to install Dorico 1.
I then started to use Dorico for the 1st time, Dorico2 I mean, without ever using the USB licenser, my laptop was always online
A few weeks ago, Windows 10 got upgraded from 1803 to 1903. Then I tried to work offline and eLicenser complained I didn’t have a license
Daniel kindly sent me a trial activation code so I could continue my work. I installed it and everything worked perfectly offline and later online when back home. It still works and will until November 2019. The is a side problem: when working offline the VST engine crashes when Dorico is started, but I’m not prevented to notate music. just to play it back
In his private message containing the trial code, Daniel told me to use the MySteingber reactivation process to obtain a new activation code. I did so, but then experienced problem, basically getting a message that there is no valid license on my eLicenser.
So I contacted Steinberg support about this, and the reply I got is that there is no way I can get a code for the eLicenser and that I must use the USB licenser.
But this is something I don’t want to do, because my laptop has only 2 USB ports which are already used to plug USB keys, one storing sound data like Dorico and other software Sound Libraries , and one to plug other devices, printer, external disk, external keyboard, or a USB key allowing to be connected to the Internet through wireless phone networks.
I insist on the fact that I’ve been using Dorico from March to August 2019 without ever using a USB licenser., The only events were : a Windows 10 1903 upgrade happened, I worked offline for the first time, I installed the trial activation code Daniel sent me
What can I do to be able to use Dorico with no USB licenser ? If there is no way, then Dorico is of no use to me, despite I like it a lot and I’ve been able to create music sheets that would have required much more painful work to create using Sibelius
For me there is a major flaw somewhere , if all of a sudden one is required to use the USB licenser after having worked without it for months.
What can I do then ?