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Great software, shame about the activation
on 3 December 2007
I have to say I disagree with many of the other reviews here; I've written several scripts using Final Draft 7 and, on the whole, I love it. The first release was buggy, but those bugs are long gone.
But... I only love it when it works.
Final Draft 6 used the CD as a 'key', and required it to be in the CD drive to run. That was a bit annoying, but I just left it in the CD drive all the time and forgot about it. Final Draft 7, on the other hand, forces 'activation' on you. You can 'activate' it on two PCs, and then it runs. It won't run on any PC which isn't 'activated'.
Which, in theory, is better. Unfortunately in practice it's awful. I installed it on my laptop a few months ago and a few weeks later it told me it wasn't activated. I reactivated it, and then a few weeks later I wanted to activate it on my desktop system (from which I'd previously deactivated it while the PC was being shipped across the Atlantic). It told me I'd used up my activations.
I then had to spend fifteen minutes on the phone to California to get them to allow me to use the software I'd paid for on my desktop system.
Which was annoying, but it was OK for a while since I then had it running on both systems with no problems. Until a few days ago when I tried to run it on my laptop and... guess what... it's not activated again.
Now, I have no desire to do the phone hold runaround to California again to get the software I've paid for running on my PC because it randomly decides that it's not the same laptop that it was previously activated on. Fortunately I've been able to go back to Final Draft 6, but I will be very wary of buying any future versions of the software, and I really can't recommend it to anyone while it forces compulsory activation _WHICH DOESN'T WORK_.