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    Did you know that Iambic expects you to RE-purchase software if you change handhelds? There is a new code limit of two. After that, you're expected to pay the registration fee again.

    Thought you might like to know....
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    What if you name the handheld the same as the old one?
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    yes, if the code is based on your sync name, it seems perfectly reasonable...

    if its based on some kind of internal device ID, then that wouldn't be any good.
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    Originally posted by thorin
    yes, if the code is based on your sync name, it seems perfectly reasonable...

    if its based on some kind of internal device ID, then that wouldn't be any good.
    The codes are based on the device ID. Iambic wanted to penalize me for the manufacturer's problems. That didn't seem fair.

    They have since emailed me new codes...I hope this handheld holds up!
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    Originally posted by purplemd


    The codes are based on the device ID. Iambic wanted to penalize me for the manufacturer's problems. That didn't seem fair.
    Agreed -- that's the kind of copy protection that gets in the way of legitimate use.

    They have since emailed me new codes...I hope this handheld holds up!
    So you change PDAs one more time, and you have to repurchase it?

    Well, I'll add this to the list of reasons I like Datebk5 over Action Names. Thanks for posting this!
    Jeff Meyer

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    It's upsetting enough that one would need to repurchase software one already owned. It's downright distressing that, as a user/purchaser of their Ababall, I wasn't entitled to even one upgrade! They spun off that program to another company entirely & that company (Kickoo) released the hi-res version. According to both Iambic & Kickoo, the latter was NOT given info on who purchased the software legitimately.

    Since I was recently trying to decide which enhanced datebook app to buy, I quickly decided against ActionNames. Given that I had zero warning that Ababall was to be spun off, I have no assurance that any program I buy from Iambic will not suffer the same fate.

    I'm writing this as someone who bought WinZip as well as the newsreader Agent well over 5 years ago & is still upgrading these superlative programs without a charge.

    Companies that don't respect the customer will end up paying for their shortsighted attitude.
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    i have similar issues with Iambic's upgrade policy. for me, i don't mind paying a fee, but 50% of the new price is ridiculous. as a result, i have not upgraded from action names 4.56 (or whatever it is), which is fine, as it kicks ****.

    however, iambic loses the benefit of my telling all new handheld owners to get AN, which is what i previously did.

    mc
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    Originally posted by Deandre
    They spun off that program to another company entirely & that company (Kickoo) released the hi-res version. According to both Iambic & Kickoo, the latter was NOT given info on who purchased the software legitimately.
    Just so you know: Kickoo was actually the company that wrote Anaball in the first place. They probably just licensed Anaball to Iambic. For some reason, Kickoo is now taking back control of the product. They are also the company that wrote Tak Tik.

    I'm not sure if Iambic is the author of their pinball game either. Maybe? Or maybe they purchased the rights to distribute it also.
    Bryan Nystrom
    Natara Software, Inc.
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    Regardless of who actually wrote the original Ababall, Iambic should have provided the list of purchasers to Kickoo to allow for upgrades. Not to do so is to make any potential purchaser of their software leery of whether they'll ever receive a legitimate upgrade.

    IMO, Iambic handled this matter badly -- all the more so because providing Kickoo a list would have been such a simple & logical thing to do.
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    I've been an avid user of Action Names since version 2.X and have gladly paid for each major upgrade because I respect the fact that they are going to be around and in business for awhile because of "charging" for their software.

    The issue with having only 2 codes per download does protect them from having a bogus individual or company install their program on multiple devices using the same User ID. It may be a problem for some people because their is some inconvenience but I won't use Datebook 4.4f because Pimlico Software has never responded to me in a timely professional manner with regards to technical problems I've had in the past with their products while "testing".

    The underlying issue in my mind is the lack of morale obligation on the part of some users causing the vast majority of legitimate users to suffer because the manufacturer has no choice but to protect their product.

    I'm surprised that if you contacted Iambic and the product had been purchased within a 12 month or so period that you had to rebuy it due to a hardware failure that caused you to change more than two devices in the same period.

    Here's one for you that irks me- I can't tranfer Bubblet to my Palm off of the SD card to be able to play it whenever I don't have that particular SD card slotted. And I can't get oopdreams to respond at all to my requests.
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