Please hear this suggestion from someone who is a big fan of Dorico. I don’t mean this to be rude; it’s serious feedback. Dorico is an excellent piece of software overall and beats the socks off of other notation editors.
I’m aware the eLicenser server has been down since early Friday morning. This is preventing me from using Dorico, even though I have had a properly installed and activated license for months. I can’t “repair” the license because the server is down. Now the eLicenser user experience wasn’t exactly great when it was working properly, but this is a serious problem.
I was a long-time user of Finale and switched to Dorico because it is far superior in almost every way. However, this DRM implementation gives me serious pause about recommending it to anyone. I am a software engineer and understand some of the tradeoffs and business problems in licensing software. Piracy is obviously a problem. But users of desktop software expect that their properly-purchased programs will be usable offline. When I discover that a desktop editing program I purchased a while ago suddenly stopped working due to some web server going offline, and that furthermore that server is offline for 18+ hours and based on past issues described on the internet I can expect this outage (of my desktop software) to last several days… frankly, that is a very unpleasant experience, and it casts a shadow on an otherwise wonderful program. And as I build up a personal library of Dorico notation files, it is sobering to realize that if Dorico 's license server went dark for any reason (e.g. heaven forbid, Dorico’s authors went out of business), all of my notation files would be rendered unreadable.
Once Dorico has been properly activated, it should not require internet access to function. I strongly recommend replacing eLicenser with some licensing scheme that allows Dorico to work offline indefinitely.