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    Avatar photovromeromusic

    I have had Encore since it was on Floppy Disk, and it has been a hell of a ride between love and hate. Am I going to be able to upgrade at a lower cost, or have to purchase at a new higher cost?

    Avatar photoDrGeorgeMiklas

    Good question. I will wait for Don’s response.
    I too, have floppy disks from 1995, 1998, 2000, and then CDs from 2003, 2004 and 2010, and still several downloads until 2013. Each set of discs has a unique serial number. I own them all and paid as high as the full purchase price or as low as an upgrade price. I am currently using version, and it continually fails when I use the <control> <X> function, Encore freezes, and I have to reload the program and file. Consequently, I lose all work since the last save. Please, please, please. Full Windows interface and functionality.

    Avatar photoiMaurizio

    Since they write “Sonic Scores purchased the Passport Music Software assets and trademarks” I think it is reasonable to expect that Sonic Scores has also taken over the accounts of all registered users with their serial number.

    Avatar photoMike Halloran

    Here’s what I know (subject to change):

    Don Williams is running Passport Designs and Sonic Scores as separate companies. He does have the serial #s and registered email addresses of all versions of Encore etc. but expects the majority of those email addresses to no longer work.

    Here’s what I’m guessing:

    Pricing for new and upgrade licenses is a marketing decision—this is true for any company. Writing code for a new product such as Encore 6 that takes into account previous version licenses may take much more time and resources than are worth it (remember that 5 was released in 2008 IIRC). Though the name is old, this is a new company with no financial ties to the previous owners of the code.

    I would not be surprised if there is no upgrade path from previous licenses. If the price for E6 is low enough, it won’t matter. What did I pay for the E5 Upgrade—$119 perhaps?

    Avatar photoBernard Rey

    I paid 87 euros in March 2008 for the Encore 5.0 Upgrade (and $129 in 2003 for the 4.5 upgrade). I wouldn’t find it outrageous if I were to pay the full price 14 years later.

    Overture 5 Crossgrade being charged $129 I’ll hope the price will be set somewhere between $129 and $249.

    Avatar photoiMaurizio

    “I wouldn’t find it outrageous if I were to pay the full price 14 years later.”

    I believe that upgrade costs will be based on the version number a user owns, not the number of years since the purchase of that version. 🙂

    Avatar photoDrGeorgeMiklas

    I remember I paid full price for Encore in 1995 when it was on two 3.5″ 1.44M HD floppy disks. Then I upgraded several times and received CDs of Encore. Finally, the uploads are 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4. I received a new serial number when I purchased each upgrade. Whether there is a consideration for longtime users of this product or not, the new owners need to know that we, the users, have been pushed around and swept under the carpet by the previous owners for so long we are tired of being dismissed. Let us all work together to make Encore 6 viable for existing users and competitive in the market so that Encore can compete with Finale.

    In the voice of Rain Man, “[Finale] sucks!”
    Finale is such a major player in the market, we need Encore 6 to be compatible with Finale and Windows 10/11, but retain the human interface that Encore has always had. Is that too much to ask for?


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