The licensing troubles I suffered yesterday during a meeting with a customer led me to complain with Support, which led me here today (as I was only given a FAQ extract answer).
When I bought my first license of SU years ago, I was happy I could use it in the office, on my laptop and at home. It was one of the reason which made me choose it as an alternative to AutoCAD and MicroStation, which were giving me a lot of troubles on license verifications.
Since the change of license few years ago (Classic > Subscription) I suffered the problem of authorization on my laptop, which I just pick up before exiting the office to reach customers.
Customers not always have internet connection, and sometimes not even my phone can get a reliable connection when I’m “on the field” (@ customers’ ).
And I’ve waited for too long to have a counter appear somewhere to remind me to “authorize” the PC (fixed or laptop), to hope this SO DIFFICULT feature to be implemented, so I’m not asking this today.
The main problem is that, unfortunately, one of my suppliers made an application running on SU, which is always late, compared to the latest SU release… ( I have now the app working on SU2022, with SU2023 already available… and next year I’ll have the application running on SU2023, with SU2024 available…).
So I always keep the last two versions installed on my office and laptop (I decided to give up this on my home PC, as it would be a PITA…)… but… this makes a total of “4 installations authorized”, if I don’t remember to EXIT MY ACCOUNT each time I exit any SU version from any computer.
And yesterday, as Murphy’s Law teaches, I had a presentation at a customer and needed to use SU2022, which decided it was my 4th instance of SU, so passing the limit of 3 authorized instances.
And there was no INTERNET available at that moment.
Is there any suggestion on how to handle this, beside removing all my SU2023 installations and keeping only SU2022, the ones working with my supplier’s precious app ?
I know it’s not Trimble duty to keep the pace with external applications, but for the same reason, I’d like to avoid to search for an unlawful solution to my problem, while still paying my subscription, just to be able to “jump ahead” an anti-piracy unpleasant feature.
I always thought SU being a tool to increase my productivity, not an obstacle to it.