I recently upgraded to faster computers both at my studio and my home composing setup. After getting my studio machine up and running, I encountered a glitch which required me to reinstall the OS and start all over. I run a lot of plugins and virtual instruments, and the Spectrasonics stuff was BY FAR the easiest to reauthorize.
(I won't detail the problems I had de-authorizing/re-authorizing other stuff, downloading latest versions of protection key drivers, etc. It all made me want to pull my hair out.)
In addition to my two desktop configurations, I occasionally have to work while on the road, so Spectrasonics allows me another authorization on my Powerbook. (All three of their plugins are must-haves for me.) Most of my other products only allow two authorizations, so I'm unable to use them on my laptop without a lengthy and convoluted de-auth/auth process.
You see...this is common sense. I can obviously only work on one machine at a time. While it makes me angry that users of cracked software have created this mess, Spectrasonics is one company which - to my way of thinking - has found the best compromise in protecting their product from theft, while not punishing their honest users.
Just another reason I'm such a big fan of Eric and crew!
Oh - in the process, I managed to break the portable USB hub which holds all my dongles, too. My new one should be here today. Geez. Why doesn't EVERYONE take a clue from Spectrasonics!?