guitardom wrote: Benoni wrote: guitardom wrote: Benoni wrote:
lorcan wrote:+1 for iLok. I often switch computers (Mac/PC) and sometimes reformat the OS to get a clean streamlined OS.
Reauthorizing C/R software is a real pain in this scenario.
iLok is a good idea in theory, but things happen in real life, like people stealing your iLok or an iLok getting misplaced, lost, and broken. When that happens it can be a huge pain to get access to your plugins that you paid for, in some extreme cases you can literally lose thousands of dollars when you have no proof that you iLok is "lost". I just don't think its right to have to pay insurance (ZDT) to the company that already has the licenses, to make sure you have access to your licenses. What kind of business is that? "We will keep your licenses for you, but if you want to make sure you have access to them, you have to pay us"
A much better system is the Plugin Alliance system that lets you authorize a computer and ANY USB stick. You have 3 licenses forever, always available in your account. You choose how you want to use them. You can authorize and de-authorize a license at anytime and it will go right back to your account. IMO, its the best system out there right now.
You are a Pro Tools user which means you are strapped to an Ilok regardless. Plugin alliance plugs are cracked about as fast as they are released. Ilok 2 is still the only safe method. The concerns are that it is expensive for the plugin creator to implement, and the obvious issues with theft or broke ilok, otherwise there is nothing simpler.
That is my concern, about theft or damage and being locked out of my plugins. At least with Plugin Alliance I have 3 licenses in my account, so if something happens, I
have some security.
those licenses are useless if something happens to your ilok though since you will lose pro tools!!! just sayin....
That's rather specious reasoning. First of all, the Plugin Alliance plugs are not RTAS or AAX only, they are also VST, as is BFD2. Furthermore, many plugins like BFD2 and Geist are also standalone. So even if I lost my iLok with my PT auth, I could still use BFD2 and Geist if they were auth'ed like the Plugin Alliance plugs, just like I can use them now with the FXpansion License Manger.
As for other plugins from Plugin Alliance, don't you think it would be easier to only have to deal with begging for your licenses from iLok for just a couple companies and not all of them? Also since there are others DAWs out there, you could get something inexpensive like Reaper and still use your plugins from Plugin Alliance even if you lost your iLok with PT auth.
I know Avid is not going to drop iLok and go to their own solution like Waves or Plugin Alliance. But that is still what I would prefer. And i'd like the ability to have all my FXpansion licenses on a usb stick as well just because I hate having to worry about running out of auth's and its just easier when you are re-installing your OS, or doing a clean install of a new OS, or recovering from a HDD failure, or getting a new computer, or you are traveling and don't have your computer with you.
Just because we use Pro Tools, does not mean everyone does, so having a Plugin Alliance like system instead of an iLok like system would be better for the end user experience IMO.
Anyway, lets talk about BFD3, because nobody is changing their licensing scheme, and I've already voiced my opinion so I really don't have anything else to add on the subject.