Ok, we all know the wrongs and evils of pirated software. And being a Software Engineer, I feel for R & D of any company. But ENUFF is ENUFF. This thread has gone on toooo long, and I don't even think this guy ever got an answer from anybody ! Now, what if he asked the same question, without revealing that he had a crack of Cool Edit Pro ? Would anyone have answered the guy, or would someone just pointed him to the Syntrillium site, and told him to ask Tech Support ? The purpose of these threads, is not to pass judgement on people, but to exchange knowledge ! Who knows, if someone had answered his question, and maybe pointed out to him the virtues of the software, maybe the guy might (I stress might) go out and buy the software - (has anybody thought of that)?
We live in an age, where everybody is suspious of everyone, and no one believes in the basic goodness of man, and this thread just reinforces that sentiment.
Oh, all you software, WAREZ guys, beware. Companies like Winace, Sonic Foundry and yes, even the evil empire Microsoft are gonna take the wind out of your software cracking arses ! And it all deals with the internet, the very vehicle that has spawned the warez groups, will be their demise !
Has anyone seen the new ACID Pro 3.0, for example. the application will send a Internet Notification script out to Sonic Foundry every time it recognizes a internet connection, and it will verify the validity of the software, and send the cracked version owner a little warning. Over time, the software will become inactive, and viola, endgame.
Now you say, "Never get online when the application is running"., well the application will prompt you periodically, like Norton Antivirus does for updates, and you will have to comply.
Winace's trick is simpler and more direct. The application checks the AV code, and it will revert back to shareware, if it finds that it is invalid.
So, all this WareZ and Pirated applications, will soon end.... and so will this thread... I hope.