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Finally, it's worthwhile to take a little bit of time to explain a few other different ways that you might have to authorize your software. You might have to initially authorize your main application and then if you're working with plug-ins or additional applications that work in conjunction with your main software, you might have to authorize those as well. So let's talk about a few different types of authorization. Where more or less you'll get a book, and inside it or somewhere on the product there is a sticker with a number on it, that you just enter in the first time you launch the software, and you're good to go.
Then there is the System ID version, where you actually create a profile for your computer when you install the software and via the Internet that information goes out to the manufacturer. They develop a custom code for that hardware with that set of software and send you back a code that then you can enter in. Usually you need Internet access for this, not necessarily on the computer you're installing the software on, but with some computer to send a profile to the manufacturer and get their confirmation number back. Then there is the Dongle, which is a hardware device that you actually attach to your computer that stores your passwords and authorizations.
Most common Dongle in use these days is the iLok, and what's nice about it is that you can store multiple authorizations for different pieces of software on the same device. That used to be that for each piece of software you would have to get another Dongle, and then you have a big kind of chain and a bunch of dongles, and it was kind of unruly. So the iLok is a great solution. It also makes it possible to install certain software on multiple computers but then move the key over to them to actually use them and have them be authorized. Finally, there's the hardware requirement form of authorization, which generally requires attaching a piece of the manufacturer's hardware when you're using their software, such as an audio interface.
One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes the number of authorizations you can get can be limited, and if you're thinking about buying a piece of software and using it on a laptop and on a PC, you might want to check into if the manufacturer lets you do that and with how much ease they let you do that. Different pieces of software are a lot more user-friendly in terms of their authorization than others. So when you are working with Digital Audio, it's good to think about these different forms of authorization. If you're planning on doing a lot of remote work or traveling with your equipment, the hardware requirement authorization can be a bit frustrating at times, especially if you want to be as agile and portable as possible.
If you're planning on setting up a system with multiple computers, the Dongle or iLok can work very well, and if you don't have any Internet access, sometimes stuff with the System ID authorization can be actually quite a headache to kind of jump through all the hoops to make that happen. So it's always good to think about how you're going to be using your Digital Audio and what the manufacturer is going to require in terms of authorization. These are all things that you should consider and keep in mind when you're thinking about purchasing software.
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