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Welcome to the Cloud! Your Software License & all your Data have been vapourised

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Jonnie Goodboy
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« on: November 29, 2012, 01:19:17 pm »

THE CLOUD! Total Management of Your Corporate Software & its Licence Activation.
by JG
29 Nov, 2012.

 In the early 2's the Exemplary and Innovative Design for Web company Macromedia started incorporating License Activation for it's products online, and which applied to all or most of it's later MX range of Products. They had also used this in an early form for Dreamweaver 1.0 but it did not appear again until after version 6 of DW.
And a whole Suite of MM's top-ranking Web-Design Products were incorporated and released between 2002 to 2003 under the Title 'Studio MX'.

They concluded a range of new-era MX products in about 2004/5, all of which required online Activation using a dedicated remote server, a service on your computer and a serial number. Sophisticated encryption at the activation server presumably made a workaround quite difficult indeed except perhaps for the devout ex Bletchley-Park employee.

 Macromedia; - known for their innovative, user-friendly 'Intuitive' Front-Ends were bought out by in 2005.

 Since the former MM mainline products of Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Director were integrated into the new Adobe Creative Suite (CS), currently at v 6.0, the Licence Activation idea which MM like Microsoft back in the early noughties had both either toyed with or blatantly pushed, has become linked in with Freelance CLOUD-BASED Authentication and Activation Services such as, a quick search reveals ...

 A service which hosts licence issues for Software Development Companies, saving them having to create their own activation centres ...

The Licence Activation issue has and continues to cause fuss, amongst those who in similar manner might think twice before jumping into water without checking to see if it's either hot, cold, Clean or Polluted.

License Activation imposes New Limits on your Ownership of Commercial Software. It means that even after you've paid your 699 you will not be the definitive 'till end of time' owner/user of the product.

It imposes a new clause in the whole concept of OWNERSHIP. MM's case is perfect an example of where after the SHARES BUYOUT by ADOBE, in many cases the Licence Authentication and Activation Servers were taken off-line almost immediately in some geographic areas, others may have daudled a bit longer.

The issues that followed were somewhat documented online as a search for 'Studio MX activation problems' revealed:

There are several stories to be read online of legit owners of legacy MM software being unable to re-activate their product after a certain date, even though they were IN A FULL LEGAL SENSE - the proprietary owner of that Product. There should have been a Legal Precedent investigated, but NO-ONE could be bothered. No individual nor Corporation questioned the MM/Adobe Changeover's clever little license management cheat, and so it just rolled on over ....

Until finally just late last Year, 2011, Adobe officially announced that its LEGACY MM products Re-Activation Servers were Down ... Although according to many reports these same servers had been down since not long after the Adobe Sell-out ...

... However, Adobe did take that same announcement as opportunity to ENCOURAGE previous MM product owners to UPGRADE to the traditionally far more expensive Adobe Line of Hi-End WebDesign Development Software ...

 So, the CLOUD is developing into THE CENTRAL DATABASE for all your Companies Data, Licence and 'Automatic' Software Renewal/Upgrading carrying-ons and a whole lotta else to boot.

 That's WEB II without the Ubiquitously Spy-Oriented sounding "Internet II" handle attached.

 Welcome to the Cloud. Your Inspiration and your Cash have all been Vapourised Uploaded.

NONONONO et NON! Only joking! Of course THE CLOUD does actually as 'it says on The Tin'.
 - It solves all these above issues ... Right!? Expired licenses from defunct companies will just ... passover... right!




All work and no play makes Jack a Dull Boy.
,,,, etc.

So good luck with it all anyway!
« Last Edit: November 29, 2012, 01:47:37 pm by Jonnie Goodboy » Report Spam   Logged

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