Activation? I don’t THINK so…

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morrighan43
Nov 1, 2003
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Excuse me guys, for the semi-rant here, but this is how I feel, and I’m hoping some bigwig at Adobe is over here reading this because IMHO, they need to….

Just some idle comments because I’m genuinely disgusted over this and I have no intentions of upgrading and activating PS7 to CS. Microsoft just tried this with Windows XP, and it was a pain in the tush for ALL of us, not just the software bandits. (Who barely blinked…)

I reformat my drive at least 3X a year. I’m sorry, but I am NOT calling up Adobe to re-register everytime Windows goes south. Nor am I paying for both my laptop and my home computer to have Photoshop on. That’s just plain GREEDY, not to mention an insanely inconvenient thing for Adobe to ask. I’m told you can save your registration-activation info to the HD, well I’m sorry but that doesn’t help when you completely lose a Windows installation and have to wipe the HD as happens FREQUENTLY to most of us who live in the real world of Windows hell…

I will NOT jump through hoops just to install a piece of software no matter how much I like it. A serial number is sufficent, IMHO. That’s bad enough these days when you’re talking strings of numbers 8" long that you have to manually type in. Try being handicapped with arthritis and dyslexia and doing THAT all the time…That alone is enough to drive you CRAZY!

Wake up Adobe.

There are other options out there, and compared to Photoshop they are far less expensive. They may not be quite as good, but they do nip at your heels, and frankly, if this is how you’re going to treat your customer base as "guilty until proven worthy" well, I think it’s time I checked the competition out.

Oh, just a FYI, I’ve been using Photoshop since version 4, and Illustrator since 7….

There are probably 50,000-100,000 people who’ll choose to do the same this year, and the year after that, and so on, and all of a sudden that small percentile of folks who don’t like this new "activation" scheme isn’t going to seem so small. That’s a LOT of cash when you add us all up. I’m only the tip of the iceberg I am sure, but I surely don’t think I am alone in disliking this one. Most people will probably knuckle down, grin and bear it, like they did with Windows XP, but me, I’ve had my fill of being inconvenienced by software companies more concerned with imaginary profits than customer service. I’ve been on that phone to Microsoft one time too many this year, and I am NOT going there for Adobe too.

No offense, but most of those pirates won’t buy this application anyhow. This may stop them from using it, but it won’t bring you those people at customers. (I say, maybe because I sincerely doubt that. I believe they cracked Windows XP 5 seconds after it was released, and I have no doubt they’ll do the same here.) I think it’s a tad optimistic of you to think it will. They’ll just keep at it until they break it. They don’t want to buy. Most don’t have the money to buy. So they won’t.

In the meantime you’re still seriously inconveniencing those who DO buy your software. To me, it seems like Adobe now cares more about the "supposed"
profits lost to pirates than it does about the folks who have stood loyally by your software buying up every upgrade.

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but I find this whole thing a bit insulting, and I’m defintely put off by it. Just my 2 cents, and probably my last post because it’s likely I won’t be posting anymore since I’ll be one version behind and/or using someone else’s software and I’ll have no reason to…

Morrighan
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Mike_Fulton
Nov 1, 2003
As with previous versions, the license agreement for Photoshop CS allows you to install the program on both your desktop machine and your laptop.

If you weren’t violating the license agreement before, then why would you feel insulted by Adobe making a fairly benign attempt to enforce it? Would you rather they started using a hardware dongle that has to be plugged in while using the program? Or would that also be too inconvenient for you to deal with?

Taking an insult where none is intended is simply not logical. You don’t feel that your neighbor is calling you a thief when they lock their front door at night, do you? Just because someone takes security precautions doesn’t mean they’re directed at you in particular.

If you want to make the argument that the license agreement should allow you to install the program on more than 2 machines, then make THAT argument.

I’m told you can save your registration-activation info to the HD, well
I’m sorry but that doesn’t help when you completely lose a Windows installation and have to wipe the HD as happens FREQUENTLY to most of us who live in the real world of Windows hell

Did it ever occur to you that maybe you should be making a backup onto CD-R or floppy? Seriously, if you really have to reformat your hard drive and reinstall everything 3 times a year, and YOU’RE NOT BACKING UP YOUR FILES regularily, then you’ve got real serious problems above and beyond any concerns about activation.

Maybe you ought to be focusing your energies on dealing with that issue, rather than ranting at Adobe’s perfectly reasonable attempt to make at least a small dent in the sales they lose to piracy.

Mike
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Pierre_Courtejoie
Nov 1, 2003
How do you do for not having to activate windows?
If you use 95/95/me, isn’t it the reason that you have to wipe your HD 3 times a year? why didn’t you consider upgrading to a stable OS?
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Alan D-W
Nov 1, 2003
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Excuse me guys, for the semi-rant here, but this is how I feel, and I’m
hoping some bigwig at Adobe is over here reading this

Are you going to post this message yet again by any chance? I think that once we’ve read it 4 times we’re beginning to get your drift.

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