David, Rich, and any who's interested....
>> Do you guys have a timescale for releasing any new features on SFX 6?
>> Any interesting things to tempt us with this new year :-)
>> installing SFX 188.8.131.52 on (some of) our Windows 7 machines has disabled SFX 5.6's ability to
>> see the Sentinel dongle, despite installing Sentinel Driver 7.6.1. Can you advise what is going on please?
OK, I'll try to keep this a short as possible -- we had a rash of users having issues w/ the dongle running SFX 5.6 and SFX 6.x on the same computer. Basically it turns out that this is something that happens at random times and is unpredictable. After wasting a large amount of time trying to get an answer out of our dongle manufacturer and not having anything that makes sense, we do what we do bet -- make it work....
In this case, making it work means we're loosing the dongle. Gone. Period. (Except for legacy products).
So what does this mean....
-- SFX 5.6 will still need the Dongle to run, if you have it, your good. If you don't and need one, we can get you one.
-- All our current software (SFX 6, ShowBuilder, RF Guru, SoftPlot) will no longer install drivers to support a dongle, thus if you have 5.6 running on your computer, we won't affect that dongle.
-- If you have SFX 6, ShowBuilder, RF Guru, SoftPlot and have a dongle, it will still work
Now what does that mean for users who like having a dongle.... glad you asked.
In choosing to loose the dongle we also took some time to add features.
-- You can register product on a specific computer. Use this feature if you plan on installing SFX in a theatre or a perminate location.
-- NEW: Unregister feature. If you need to move the license to another computer, you can unregister it, then go to the new computer and re-register.
-- NEW: Move to USB Jump Drive/Thumb drive (most will work). You can move the license to a USB Jump drive and use it just like you would have used the dongle. You can move the USB Jump drive from machine to machine and whatever machine it's on, SFX will detect it and run. (W/o it, SFX will run in demo mode).
-- NEW: Multiple licenses can be stored on the USB Drive. So, let's say you design shows and the theatre you're designing for doesn't have SFX, you can let them "borrow/rent/hire" SFX by transfering one of your licenses to their computer from your USB drive. If you put 5 licenses on the USB Drive and transfer one to them, you'll be left w/ 4 until you pick up that license at a later time by transfering it back to your USB Drive.
-- NEW: (Sortof, we released this two months ago). Our network version of our products now use a License Server to ask for a license. If you're running a lab you can put a license server in and have students ask for licenses and we'll shell out as many concurrent licenses as you have.
So the downside of this is that we had to shift gears to this problem and delay some of our cool new features. Now that we removed a large time killer (the dongle), we'll get back to our recently scheduled development timeline.
Now what does that really mean for you -- well that depends. The dongle will still work, so if you like it, keep it. If you'd rather shift over to the USB Jump drive, then use the new SFX -> Help Menu | License Manager to transfer the license from the Dongle to your C: drive. Then plug in a Jump drive and transfer it to the Jump drive. Burn the Dongle.
OR -- send the dongle back to us and we'll extend your subscription for 3 additional months. Email your serial number to us and mail the dongle back. We'll create an upgrade code to extend your subscription.
Questions, let me know.