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  1. Even more coding hours wasted hampering the free use of a free software. If the Cakewalk daw were actually free, with no extra hoops to jump through, the hoops man-hours could be invested in creating saleable sound libraries, saleable instrument presets, saleable educational videos, upgraded and new plugins etc etc etc Use the profits for charity, if profits aren't the prime motive for all this. Just don't be wasteful of the coding man-hours, which are too great a resource to squander just because... People are clinging on to Bandlab Assistant like it's a freaking life-raft, when they are firmly on dry ground. This is not the 'good connectivity' that Noel mentions, and on top of that, it's being poorly handled. My opinion is that the assistant is a superfluous loser, serving no evident purpose, while there is low hanging fruit for Bandlab to harvest elsewhere. Cheers
  2. 'Why' was not part of my question, but your speculations are no doubt often appreciated! I'm asking an accountants question about financing the coding work needed for maintaining the current regimen of login, registration, and authorization, and if a user can't complete that, having a demo mode to fall back on, adding a bit more complexity to the codebase... and all this maintained on a product that has no commercial price tag. So again, how do Bandlab financially benefit from coding and recoding updates for the Bandlab Assistant and it's demo mode? Cheers
  3. Craig, Noel, or those who actually know, how do Bandlab financially benefit from coding and recoding updates for the Bandlab Assistant and it's demo mode? And please, just facts or numbers, not spin based on 'gee, it works for me' stories. Thanks, and happy Thanksgiving, and safe travel!
  4. Bandlab Assistant is not alone in being buggy, I have a commerial product that I researched, purchased and registered using my internet connection but when logging in to the apps portal, it responds with some nonsense about 'a problem with your internet connection...please try again'. I realize there is an international shortage of good coders...but the trend of companies overcomplicating the basics for the sake of gathering data/statistics/trends yada yada yada backfires loudly, but the beancounters are deaf to reality, and demand more and more info to be harvested.
  5. I think Bandlab would derive more actual services users if the daw itself had no secondary registration/activation requirements. These things cost man-hours to maintain, don't work for everyone, and some will walk away at the first sighting of such extra layers. Issue one serial number for all, one installer for all, leave a Bandlab web connection button on the daw gui, put lots of useful Bandlab video flyers in the installer archive, and be happy. The legacy Cakewalk software, like Dimension Pro, Rapture, and Z3ta, are also still as good as they were when last updated, which was excellent. It wouldn't hurt Bandlabs public profile, to allow them a rebirth, perhaps make them part of a charity or scholarship funding effort, where a new install and redistration could occur when a contribution was made. Cheers
  6. You use perjoritive insults like "go out of his way to self-sabotage" and "this specific user's mess". No registration regimen is perfect, and when the Bandlab system did not work, on an otherwise well working system, I took normal and reasonable steps as workarounds, that do work on some products. There is no mess, as uninstallation is trivial for experienced users. Uninstalling an attitude of superiority, is far more difficult. I think my suggestions would simplify bandlab coding expenses in the long run, , with win 10 spinning oddly, and a new mac system with major changes imminent. Many potential users balk at the appearance of account creation and registration being required for a 'free' product, IK and NI, among others, catch a fair amount of flack with their free product requirements. Which for the record, do work in my systems.
  7. Support have so far not succeeded getting this version of the daw out of demo mode. A much earlier version worked OK. I have three other daws used for their strengths, and a wide range managerial regimens enforced by plugin devs, all working fine. Demo modes and registration schemes for free products are superfluous code. User accounts over time are more accurate trackers. I suggested swapping the reg/demo for useful displays of tips and info that would help new users, and can be dismissed with a click by experienced users, or as suggested by someone, turned off in prefs.
  8. Thread title 'Little suggestions for cakewalk' So I suggested some things. The option to enable/disable popups makes sense, but my suggestion acknowledges that Sonar was recued by Bandlab, and that they have a right to link their business and content to the Sonar daw which they provide without demanding our $$$$$. Including a variety of informative startuppopups, easily dismissed, in trade for removing the registration scheme and demo mode, seems a good compromise, especially for a high quality free product getting significant updates. Cheers
  9. Not everyone is a longterm pro Sonar user who might be annoyed by a dismissal mouseclick. Lots of users are new to Sonar, and presumably, many more are hoped for, and as a new Sonar user, tips and example projects utilizing them, would be welcome. Dealing with registrations and coding a demo mode diverts coders from bug fixing and implementing new features, and diverts users from making music. Music makers that may use Bandlabs content and services in the future. Cheers
  10. How about removing all registration and the demo mode for cakewalk Sonar, and instead, whenever Sonar is launched, present a useful usage tip popup, along with a link to a quality project (possibly tip related) that could be imported whenever desired. New product announcements could also appear at startup etc etc Also, a menu item for tips, ads, and projects could be added somewhere handy This could help a wide range of users, while not being a major annoyance, if a mouseclick can dismiss the popup... Cheers
  11. BA is installed, but using the green install button does nothing. Even though task-manager shows four processes in the list. Other daw softwares I use have auto-updates, or update notifiers, that work without problems. I updated my chrome and firefox browsers, and turned off their safety malware blockers etc, still nothing from BA. I placed a support request echoing what I mentioned here. (knocks on wood-grained formica(
  12. Hi, the daw is internet connected. I uninstalled all cakewalk items listed to install, edited registry, killed processes using task-manager, rebooted, and reinstalled as aministrator. Sonar still opens in demo mode.
  13. Thanks much for the links. Sonar registered OK as you mention, in the background, on my spearcatcher computer (win7Home-Premium), but not on the main daw (Win7 Pro), where I had to sneakernet the downloads to. I might uninstall things, and try again, then contact the proper support if needed. Cheers
  14. How about an optional purchase of a Cakewalk Sonar version that can be registered offline with just a serial number, and could coexist with the Bandlab version? To me, that ease of use would be well worth $30. I've had an issue on one of my computers, first installing, and then registering, as mentioned in a nearby forum topic. The update sounds epic to me, even though I don't use most daw features. It speaks well to Sonar being a more solid and enjoyable daw for years to come, even for a minimalist like me. Cheers
  15. I installed Bandlab Assistant in windows 7, but Cakewalk Sonar would not download when attempting to install it from the bandlab Apps tab. On a different computer, I found four download files in Users\me\Appdata\Roaming\bandlab-assistant\Downloads I copied them to that path in the windows 7 computer where the first attempted installation failed, and ran Cakewalk_Bandlab_Setup_25.07.0.79.exe, which ran successfully, along with drumReplace.exe, instruments.exe, and melodyne.exe. The problem is bandlab-assistant offers no visible registration option, nor does the Sonar gui, and a red popup warning keeps appearing saying 'Demo Mode etc, Please contact support.' The support link leads to a dead-end of faqs etc The email contact link also fails to find a human, and cakewalk has lost my 'legacy' account where I had registered Dimension Pro, Rapture, and z3ta+ 1.5. Why not a simple serial # reg for the free Sonar? And how about re-enabling registration for older but excellent Cakewalk , as the computers they ran on are needing replacements by now?. If the old softwares have no future with you, auction off the rights and code to those who will keep them alive. Cheers
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