July 25, 2007

Dr. Device update...

by Chris Randall

Okay, we're pretty much done with major coding on Dr. Device, and are about to enter in to our testing period. (I'm loath to write those words, because they always engender 20 to 30 letters that say, for all intents and purposes, "hey, can I get your shit for free if I install it and do a cursory examination, then forget to write you back about it until the product has been out for like a month?")

But presets are done, the AU is done, the VSTs on both Windows and OSX are done. So it's just a matter of inserting the copy protection, building UB versions on the Mac side, and making installers. Then the plugs go out for final testing, we fix any bugs that are found, and that's that. I'm not going to give a date, because that would jinx it, but we're definitely in the home stretch with this bear.



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Jul.26.2007 @ 11:59 PM
After putting in the copy protection code, please label very blatantly what is required. You know let me know if a PCI card, USB device, specific nationality of friend, breed of animal, ancient artifact, or whatever is needed to make it work. Apparently I am stupid enough to miss the fact that a dongle is needed when impulse buying. Hopefully the Jupiter 8V good / Synchrosoft bad ratio is greater 1.

Jul.27.2007 @ 12:49 AM
Chris Randall
The point of our copy protection isn't really to protect from copying. It's to illustrate the fact that companies that use PACE and Syncrosoft are fucking asstards. That's all. The ability to copy and paste is a plus with our CP, but it isn't strictly necessary.

Or, to put it another way, these babies are full of techno. We're not worried.



Jul.27.2007 @ 11:59 AM
Adam Schabtach
Yeah, you won't find us using dongles or other nefarious ways and means in our CP. Neither Chris nor I has any love for CP, and we agreed early on that we wanted to treat our customers with respect rather than hostility. We have this old-fashioned idea that our respect will be repaid with purchases rather than with piracy. Hence our CP scheme is extremely non-invasive and exists primarily in hopes that it makes people think twice before handing out copies of our products to all of their friends.

I've had so many bad experiences with PACE that I boycott any product that uses it. This is kind of sad, because a lot of good plug-ins use it these days, but until the buying public collectively stands up and says "FUCK PACE!" we'll be stuck with it.



Jul.28.2007 @ 5:28 AM
Adam, Chris, I think you've done good with this decision.

PACE sux big time, I just had an email-conversation with a company because I tried to buy a discontinued plugin they still listed with the former full-price. I wrote them I'd be interested to get it but would wait until they drop the price and they send me a coupon for very good discount.
They asked me to test the demo beforehand, but when it tried to install PACE I just stopped the installer and will now pass on this offer.


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