June 05, 2011, 08:02:06 pm
I haven't heard any real complaints about the dongle authorization system in place now. I doubt trying to move into online license server activation is about adding another level of security against piracy or convenience, as it is about connecting the user base to the online "store".
As my studio rig is offline, it sounds like it's going to be a real hoop jump to upgrade and (begrudgingly) buy the plugins I need.
Honestly, it seems the dongle method has done a good job of keeping Lumion piracy at bay. With the new authorization system, I'd give it a week before it's cracked an all over the web for free and every unscrupulous joker will be putting out lumion renders, thus tremendously lowering the market value for the program by the user base who has paid for the development to date. I don't tend to worry as much about other programs I own, like 3ds Max, to be cracked and distributed, as they are complex programs and 95% of the people who pirate them will never put in the hundreds of hours required to learn them and put out high quality work. Lumion is a different story. It's so easy to use that it's quite easy to see the market flooded with lumion animations made on cracked versions, which will reduce the novelty and appeal in the marketplace for legitimate users. As developers, your only protection of your user bases investment is on the front end security. I think we are just worried about the new online methods looking out for the best interest of you the developer, as opposed to us the consumer. Just saying.