Hi all, I couldn’t find any post suggesting new ideas for making it easier to live with the dongle, so I’m making a new post. Perhaps somebody at Steinberg will like the idea, or perhaps another forum member will think of a better solution.
First, the dongle sucks. However, I understand it as a necessary evil to protect Steinberg’s investment in the software, and as a result our investment in the product, so I am willing to live with it.
That being said, I am always afraid of loosing it (despite having it on the Steinberg lanyard) or breaking it (it hasn’t broken yet, but the USB port on my older one is bent).
So here’s the idea:
- Why can’t we legitimate users of Cubase have a way to download a time-locked license of Cubase like the Cubase evaluation demo?
- This “on-the-go” license will be separate from the full license, and can be stored on a 2nd dongle.
- The time limit can be shorter that 30-days (let’s say 1 to 2 weeks being away from “home”)
- If the 2nd dongle with the “on-the-go” license is lost/stolen/broken, it will have no effect on your real license you left at home.
- to get a new “on-the-go” license, you have to have the dongle with your real license connected to your PC at the same time as the 2nd dongle for your “on-the-go” license, as well as an internet connection
- You can only get a new “on-the-go” license if the older “on-the-go” license is expired, or if a lost/stolen/broken support ticket has been filed with Steinberg and approved for new “on-the-go” license.
I think this protects both Steinberg, and us users although it would mean having to purchase another one dongle (I wish they gave us discounts…).
What do you all think?