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Hotkeynet now entirely free and unlimited

posted Oct 30, 2009, 1:01 AM by Private Registration
Freddie, the author of HotKeyNet had some great news I copied from his site: http://hotkeynet.com/p/download.html :

This is HotkeyNet's two hundredth public build.

I'd like to thank the people who made suggestions and submitted bug reports over the last two years. Without you, this program would not exist.

Starting with this build, HotkeyNet no longer calls home for authorization.

Starting with this build, HotkeyNet no longer expires.

Starting with this build, HotkeyNet no longer requires an Internet connection.

There is a new option on the Settings Panel where you can ask HotkeyNet to check whether a newer version is available.

If you ask HotkeyNet to check for a newer version, the rest of the program now starts immediately before the check completes so you don't have to wait for the web server's response.

To the people who helped, thanks again

and he explained why on d-b:

Originally I put those things in the program in case one day I began selling it. The idea was to prevent free old versions of the program from getting passed around and competing with future for-sale versions.

But HotkeyNet has been free for two years and its user numbers haven't grown high enough for me to want to bother charging for it. If it hasn't happened by now, I don't think it's ever going to happen.

The authorization scheme has always been a nuisance. It prevented people who lack an Internet connection from using it. It often prevented people from using the program in corporations. (HotkeyNet gets used in companies. It's not just a multiboxing program.) It scared some people off because they worried that the program contained malware.

If the call-home code isn't ever going to be of benefit to me, and if it annoys users, what's the point? There isn't any. So I removed it today.

Also, today's build was number 200. That's a nice round number, and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. Over the last two years there have been some special people (including you) who contributed tremendously to the program by testing and reporting bugs and making suggestions. The best way to celebrate is to do something tangible to show my appreciation for you folks, and this is what I thought of.

This is awesome news !!! Thanks so much Freddie ! That definitively places HKN as #1 multiboxing solution in my book !

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