November 15, 2005

Questions I have...

by Chris Randall

In no particular order:

1. Who gives a fuck? They're titties. Half the human race has them, and the other half wants to touch them. Get over yourself, you prude little bitch.

2. Why is the Sweetwater Word For The Day almost always two or more words? Shouldn't it be the "Phrase For The Day" then?

3. Didn't you get the memo? On the one hand, I feel kind of sorry for the Sony artists, who obviously weren't in the loop on this. On the other, AFAICT there's only one artist on Sony worth a shit, and that's Ryuichi Sakamoto. If anyone knows who holds the domestic rights to the first YMO, drop me a line. I'd be glad to press it for USA distro.

4. Where's the damned demo? If you guys didn't use PACE, your lives would be easier. So would ours. Rock that shit right proper, with a simple serial. You're not stopping anybody from stealing it, and you're punishing honest consumers. See #3 above.

I know, regarding item #1, that I said I wouldn't do that, but I just can't sit idly by, while people who might not know better actually use that website as some sort of resource for information.




Nov.15.2005 @ 10:07 PM
"So clearly it is wrong to look. One has to respect a woman's right to expose her breasts only to people she chooses to expose them to."

That's seriously fucking stupid.


Nov.16.2005 @ 2:36 AM
yea, princeton, give it up already. i cant even use the best soft verb ever made (room verb) just because of their redicilous protection. and now their plate is out, and it _really_ bugs the hell out of me. stop teasing! :)

Nov.16.2005 @ 4:37 AM
Told you it wouldn't last...

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Nov.16.2005 @ 9:51 AM
Tony at Princeton said in an email that they're reviewing the situation since several folk expressed discontent (presumably like me, existing customers who could live with the old wrapper on Stereo Room but not the new driver). Maybe hearing from another software publisher might encourage him to move away from C/R and to a simple serial or keyfile?

I also can't help but point out the irony of seeing the phrase "Where's the damned demo?" on your blog.


Nov.16.2005 @ 9:55 AM
Chris Randall
I meant it as irony. Looking at it now, I can see that it didn't come out that way.

But that aside, if we were gonna charge $99 for a plug, we'd have a demo, for sure.



Nov.16.2005 @ 11:12 AM
I know, I know, I kid only.

I imagine that the savings to be had from avoiding the bandwidth consumption from demo downloads for low-cost plugins makes up for the few lost sales without it. In truth, I could live without a demo in many cases if more developers had explicit money-back guarantees like you do.


Nov.16.2005 @ 11:28 AM
Adam Schabtach
It's ironic that Princeton doesn't have demos because PACE allows stuff like 30-day demo versions pretty easily--insofar as anything is easy with PACE, that is.

For the record: we haven't done demo versions of our less-expensive plug-ins because a fully functional demo would be an easy target for hacking and subsequent piracy. There will be a demo version of Phase Two. As for future products, I'd personally like to do demo versions but only if we can figure out some way of doing them such that they can't be hacked and pirated and yet aren't so crippled that people complain about the limitations of the demo version. I'm more concerned about the former issue than the latter, since IMHO having a demo at all is much better than having no demo, even if the demo is annoying. (That's the whole point, folks: if the demo isn't annoying then there's no incentive to buy the real thing...)

This is part of the broader Audio Damage philosophy of treating our customers with respect and trust, rather than hostility and suspicion. We believe that treating our customers this way will lead them to reward us with future purchases of our products. I understand (all too well) that piracy is a very real issue for software makers, but on the other hand my own experiences with PACE, both as an end-user and a developer, have led me to the opinion that it is a draconian approach to the issue which demonstrates a premise of distrust between the maker and their customers. Our serial-number-based scheme is an attempt to compromise: it provides a measure of protection against casual piracy but does not create an unusual inconvenience for the customer. Unfortunately, since it is less secure than PACE, there is no easy way for us to create time-limited demos that won't be hacked and posted worldwide the same day that we put 'em online. (If we used PACE we'd enjoy maybe a week or two before they were hacked.)

Incidentally, as much of a pain in the ass CP is for end-users, it's a far greater pain in the ass for developers and their support staffs. That includes both PACE and our scheme--I've had insider experience with both.





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