Tuning Meister is protected from
copying by a software package called CrypKey. I am sorry for the
hassles this creates, but for a
program that has only a limited, specialized audience, this is
essential if my hard
work is to bring any profit. [and it seems it never will anyway]
[Some antivirus or antispyware programs will flag Tuningmeister as
dangerous; this is because it sees this CrypKey protection software
writing something hidden , which is necessary to make copying the
software impossible. CrypKey doesn't do anything
dangerous like a virus or other malware might, so do not be afraid for
You begin with a free trial
version for some specified number of days. There are absolutely
limitations in the functionality of the program during this time; it is
exactly like the product you can purchase. If you wish to run the
program after the trial period has
expired, then you must purchase Tuning Meister.
Once your payment is received, a
code specific to your computer will be sent to you to unlock the
software. CrypKey prevents against reinstalling
the trial version on your computer - otherwise it would not be any use
at all! A new copy of the software cannot be
installed on your hard
drive even if you reformat the drive.
As software like this
always has bugs that show up, or improvements in the user interface
that can be added down the line, I am always annoyed with companies
that constantly charge for upgrades, never getting things right. As I
wrote this software first for my own interest in musical tuning, I try
to make it the most useful it can be for the musicians who have the
inner commitment to perfection that leads them to work to improve their
intonation. I will continue to try to improve Tuning Meister, and
supply the updated product without charge. [However, this statement may
not be interpreted to give you the legal right to sue me to fix things
the way you want them, or to continue to update this far into the
a few circumstances
in which I would charge for an upgrade; the most obvious that occurs to
me would be in the case that a new version of Windows would somehow not
allow Tuning Meister to run successfully; and some things would need to
be rewritten. Microsoft seems to be pretty careful about keeping
compatibility with old programs, but it does sometimes happen.
When you launch the software, the
licensing program shows a splash
screen before passing on to Tuning Meister.
Just wait for the Tuning
Meister screen to appear as the message says; you do not need to do
anything until you are
to obtain the code. If you do accidently hit <Enter>, you
will come to the License
Configuration box; you can either continue
on to run Tuning Meister, or close it out, under the menu item Program.
If you do decide to purchase the
software, then you do want to
press <Enter> during the appearance of the
splash screen; once in the License Configuration box
you want to click
on Display Site Code...:
The Site Code, an 18 digit alphanumeric
value, appears. You need to select the code with the mouse as you would
any phrase you want to cut and paste, and copy it into the clipboard
Then you must paste the
code into an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As above, then you can
either continue on to run Tuning Meister if your trial license has not
expired, or close it out, under the
menu item Program.
I will return a Site Key to you, specific to the Site Code you have sent. Then launch
the License Configuration box
paste that Site Key into the
Then click Validate.
If the codes have been correctly
copied, you should be informed that you are now licensed. After that,
as explained above you may either continue
on to run Tuning Meister, or close your session, under the menu item Program.
After licensing, you generally have no
need to enter the License
Configuration box, but if you go there you can exit as explained
above. And once you are licensed, you can obtain an updated program
file that will also reduce to a few seconds your wait for the CrypKey
splash screen to disappear, since you won't generally want to interact
with it anymore.
Your license is for one copy of the
software, but it is transferable to another
computer. You might desire to move it if for
instance you upgrade to a new machine. First,
just install TuningMeister with its trial period on your new
machine - so you can use it right away. Then, before the trial period
runs out [please don't leave this to the last minute!!] you
would have need again to launch the License
Configuration. There you can see the options under the menu item
You can Transfer out to another computer, a
process you can accomplish all on your own [it is a bit complicated;
just follow the directions carefully]; however it involves the use of a
floppy disk, which not many computers support anymore. If you don't
have a floppy on both machines,
you can Kill the license on the old computer and send
me the code that you are given [I recommend that you paste it into some
document that you save for yourself as well, in case of email failure];
that will be proof to me that your original installation is
deactivated. I can then supply you with a code for your new
computer - just follow the complete licensing procedure as above, on
the new computer. You could even include the Site Code from the new
computer along with the Kill Code from the old one in one email.
Be sure when copying the codes
that you always use cut & paste,
and never try to copy them by
hand. A mistake will lead to an invalid license.
You should also
follow this process if you need to reinstall
Windows on your hard disk. Be sure to Kill the license and send me the kill code
before doing the reinstallation; then follow the complete licensing
procedure after you have reinstalled the system, and reinstalled the
entire Tuning Meister installation package.
You will want to move your Instrument and Scale
files, and color Palette info if you have created that, to the new
installation. You will have to do this manually. Somehow transfer the
files TM Instruments.dta and TM Scales.dta, and TM Palettes.dta if it
has been created, from the Folder which should be C:\Program
Files\Tuning Meister into the new machine, and copy them into
Folder, replacing the files which come with the installation. Then you
will have the particular Instruments and Scales as you have created
Generally, CrypKey's licensing software
is immune to various disk utilities, but there is one exception, Norton Utilities Speed Disk. If you
use that program, carefully
follow the instructions below, provided by
" Speed Disk is the defragmentation
utility included in Symantec’s Norton Utilities. Unfortunately,
Disk moves CrypKey licensing files, causing license loss. CrypKey uses
four special licensing files (.ent, .rst, .key, and .41s) to control
your product licensing. These files are hidden system files and reside
in the same directory as the protected product.
To prevent license loss:
Open Speed Disk, and choose File |
Options | Customize, and Unmovable Files.
Specify that the .ent, .rst, and .key, files cannot be moved (the .41s
files do not need to be specified).
Choose File | Options |Optimization, and Save to save the new profile."
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