PACE Anti-Piracy Inc, the makers of iLok, are announcing the new 3rd generation iLok. Its half the size of an iLok2, its twice as fast as the iLok2 and can hold 3 times as many licenses as the second generation iLok.
Apparently recent advances in chip design and manufacturing processes have enabled the evolution of the new 3rd generation iLok, which is much smaller and designed to be more robust than its predecessors.
The new iLok3 is fully backward compatible with previous versions – so all software developed for use with a 2nd generation iLok will continue to work with a 3rd generation iLok. This means that there should be no need to have to buy an iLok3 for software compatibility, as there are no relevant design changes with the iLok3, unlike the changes from the original iLoks to the iLok2, where a number of brands licenses were no longer compatible with the original iLoks, because of license format changes requiring some users to have to buy an iLok2 to use the latest versions of some software and plugins.
Despite reports to the contrary PACE, the makers of iLok, state that since its release 16 years ago, the iLok hardware device has never been compromised.
They also tell us that the design of the 3rd generation iLok is a huge step up from previous versions.
The internal components are ingeniously small, packed into their metal case using methods that make duplication virtually impossible. And fewer components means fewer points of failure once the device is being used in the field.
- Full Metal Jacket - One piece extruded aluminum frame. This iLok will not split or crack under normal circumstances. There is still a blue LED indicator light.
- Embossed Logo - Security with style, an embossed logo makes counterfeiting extremely difficult. End users can purchase with confidence that the device is legit.
- Actual Size - The 3rd Generation iLok measures 1.5 inches x 0.5 inches. It fits into any standard USB port.
- Etched Serial Number - The etched serial number is clearly visible, large and is designed to not easily rub off.
- ￼Security Loop - It is a little wider and stronger, and most desktop security cables should fit through this loop.
- Price & Availability - The MSRP will be $49.95 and we understand that it will be available immediately from iLok.com, although it may take a few days before dealers have stock.
iLok3 Frequently Asked Questions
|iLok3 FAQs||iLok3 FAQ - Answers|
|How many licenses can the new version of the iLok hold?||The 3rd Generation iLok can hold up to 1500 depending on the license type. By comparison, the 2nd Generation iLok can hold around 500 licenses.|
|Can I have original iLoks and new iLoks in my account at the same time?||Yes, you can have any combination of older iLoks and new iLoks in your account at the same time.|
|Does the new version of the iLok work just like the original iLok?||The Third Generation iLok works the same as the Second Generation iLok. It is also fully backward compatible.|
|Can I get Zero Downtime protection on a new iLok?||Zero Downtime is immediately available for Third Generation iLoks. On a Third Generation iLok, the optional Theft and Loss Coverage (TLC) may be enabled within the iLok License Manager (App).|
|Do I have to buy the new version of the iLok?||You do not need to purchase a new iLok to continue working. Note that some software requires second generation or better iLoks.|
|Will you still be selling the 2nd Generation iLok?||PACE Anti Piracy will no longer sell retail Second Generation iLoks when this version is released.|
|Why should I buy the new version of the iLok?||It’s stronger, more durable, and it holds over 3 times the licenses.|
|Can I move licenses from an old iLok to a new iLok?||Yes, both the new and original iLoks function the same.|
|Can iLok2 owners with ZDT change over to an iLok3?||Not at this time. You can only do this at the point you renew your Zero Downtime.|
Since 2013, the iLok License Manager software has been at the core of how we manage the iLok licenses, that protect a lot of the software we buy. This article and the video from Avid cover how to use the iLok License Manager software to manage for iLok licenses.
If you have never used an iLok before you will need to buy an iLok, create a free iLok account and transfer the iLok license onto your iLok or computer. Existing Pro Tools owners with Pro Tools 9 and above will have had to set up an iLok account and own an iLok as the Pro Tools Software is protected by an iLok license that is required to be on an iLok license.
New Pro Tools owners and anyone that hasn't got an iLok are advised to follow the instructions in this guide. This guide will also help if you have received an activation code from a software publisher.
PACE, the makers of iLok, are announcing the new 3rd generation iLok. Its half the size of an iLok2, its twice as fast as the iLok2 and can hold 3 times as many licenses as the second generation iLok.
Got Pro Tools installed on more than one computer? Find yourself swapping iLok and Waves USB hubs between your systems? Got an Arm / Linux based NAS server? Want to be able to use your Pro Tools anywhere in the world, even if you've left you iLok behind? Alan Sallabank takes a look at the VirtualHere Server.
Anyone who opens their iLok License Manager, as I did this morning, should be presented with this rather unfriendly warning that you need to update your License manager software.
Community member Michael Boettcher wrote to us to tell us about his experience of Ebay problems when buying iLok licences.
As you can imagine life at Pro Tools Expert can get complicated when running a Pro Tools computer. We test a lot of gear, that includes hardware and it also includes more than one Mac. Right now I have a Mac Pro running El Capitan and a Mac Mini running Pro Tools on Yosemite for testing which I have to jump between, so I wanted to find a solution that gave me the greatest flexibility with the minimum of pain. A few things needed addressing, screen, keyboard and mouse sharing, audio and MIDI input and also plug-in licences, this is the solution I came up with.
iLok have updated their website to respond to user concerns about getting information. It includes; A cleaner UI and routes to info, Easier to use supports tools, Better store experience and New how-to videos - what is ZDT and TLC
Community member Nathan Ruyle has reached out to us asking if we would share his experiences after buying an iLok protected plug-in on line.. I just had a recent experience with an iLok software license that I thought I would share with you as a cautionary tale about purchasing software from individuals rather than a vendor.
An issue that has not well publicised is that 2nd generation iLoks (iLok2) can have issues with USB3 ports on newer Macs. The fault can sometimes be replicated by unplugging the iLok after successfully using it, then plugging it back in again, after that, the iLok will light up but may not be detected by any application that needs to access it (this is obviously more of a problem for laptop users). The workaround is to plug it in via a certified USB2 hub (even one of the ports on an Apple keyboard will do).
Following a question in Podcast 81 from Michael Lux asking now to get a copy of Pro Tools 11HD software, because he wanted the surround features that are now only available in Pro Tools HD. We talked about how it was possible to buy it secondhand but that the seller would need to put it on an iLok and send the buyer the iLok as Avid have now blocked transferring Pro Tools HD licenses from one iLok account to another. In the podcast we also discussed how the iLok would show up on the buyer’s iLok License Manager.
Mike showed his modified iLoks at the end of his post about how to label iLoks, and a number of the community have asked where you can get the Star Wars caps from.
Did you know you could label your iLok? Take a look at the photo above. On the underside of an iLok is a little button, if you push that in and then pull the translucent collar, the collar will come off to reveal a grey plastic area which you can write on.
A first look at the new iLok Licence Manager App for Mac and PC. Manage your iLok from your desktop and more!
To access and manage our iLok licenses users for many years now have used a web browser and a special extension, which worked well, but has been plagued with browser compatibility issues, especially with Firefox which hasn’t been supported for quite a while now, and there have been a number of things we couldn’t do like delete expired demo licenses.
Software protection gets a bad rap on the whole, not just from those trying to find ways to get software by not paying for it, but also from those who have paid for the software but sometimes find themselves locked out of our own software because the protection isn’t working as it should.
In this week’s podcast we had a question from Craig Shimmon about recommendations for how to make iLoks secure in a computer lab environment. I had two suggestions, a diecast box which Neil Hester suggested trashing the lid screws once fitted and screwed to the desk, or a product called a Roklocker. We have had an excellent solution which takes my diecast box idea and moves it on many stages to an excellent solution and so with Neil and Fred’s permission we bring you the Fredbox Mk 2. They also offer an improvement to my our ideas for a Mac Pro.