As a professional user of Cakewalk in its beginnings until Sonar and in this last stage with Bandlab,
I do not understand this suicidal step (in my opinion) of the program developers.
As a veteran user of a software that I have also publicly supported unconditionally, I think that giving us a pop up screen with which we have to wait 20 seconds to start working is not the best way to invite us to continue with your next paid software update that is announced in that notification.
I really see it as an insult to all of us who have relied on this software over the years.
I would like to be understood,
I have always admired the efficiency, simplicity and robustness with which I have worked with Cakewalk/sonar/Bandlab as well as with their innovations that have later been incorporated into other competing DAWs.
But the reality in 2024 is very different, there are many DAWs that offer many innovations and possibilities in the workflow, dsp, etc... that far exceed what this software and its next paid update offer so far. .
Cakewalk has not had many users in my opinion, but it has had LOYAL USERS.
Make loyal users go through:
1.- Impossibility of being registered offline.
2.- Need to authorize online registration from time to time.
3.- Show a pop up screen and wait 20 seconds until you can start working.
All this for being loyal to a software that also stops being updated and that will soon become obsolete (due to how quickly the world of software in general and the musical world in particular is progressing), in my opinion, It does not give us the place that belongs to us
I hope and wish that the software team will reconsider (just as the waves audio team did at the time) in the face of this wrong path, which will only make many users abandon a software that may have a great future, but a market strategy wrong (in my opinion).
Thank you for reading, I hope I haven't offended anyone and please forgive my English.