FrameScript is commercially available software that extends Adobe FrameMaker, by providing a scripting language. I’ve used it for about a decade.
A few moments ago – a few minutes after midnight – FrameScript shocked me by displaying the message "Expired Version." Following the display of that message, FrameScript won't function.
It is very widely established convention that when operated within its system requirements, software purchased outright continues to function indefinitely, unless other terms are made explicit at the time of purchase. In the license agreement posted at FML's site today – presumably comparable to the one that I agreed to at the time of my purchase in 2001 – there is no mention of a ten year term.
I am in the final 2 weeks of compositing my third book. I have very hard publication deadlines. FrameScript is indispensable in my publishing process. To complete my current project, I need to use my Mac. There are many reasons why I cannot immediately convert my production process to Windows.
I have heard from Finite Matters Ltd. that they will issue a new key, expiry date unknown at present.
I didn’t reregister under the new key: FrameScript started acting normally. It’s not expired any more. I attribute the behavior to an undocumented bug in the license-checking code; it produced a one-time problem for me. The Mac version is so old, though: I discouraged FML from investigating further. (Well, it didn’t take too much to discourage them!)
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