OE Classic discussions and updates

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  1. Willy2

    Willy2 Registered Member

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    - Previously, when the developers issued an update for the FREE version then a separate build was issued for the users of the PRO version. Now the FREE and the PRO version are integrated into one build and this will reduce the development time of a new build.
    - This update of today (november 17, 2020) fixes a number of bugs that were in the november 16, 2020 version. But (some of) these fixes were language related and won't be noticed by users of the english version.
    - This version also has improved support for multiple languages.


    More info (from the OEC Facebook page):
    The text below suggests (!!) that version v3.1 (with the integrated Free & PRO version) will be released soon.
    This release contains an important change, so please make sure you read these notes fully to ease your transition to this update.
    This is the last beta update of the version 3.1 and this version won't receive further updates unless there is some bug we've overlooked which will be fixed, of course. The next release will be 3.2. It has been tested well enough and it is now time to release it as a stable version so this is like a RTM version. It has been a long time since the stable version was updated.
    This version brings only one but major change which took us a lot of time to build - an activation.
    Instead of having 2 versions - Free and Pro - like we had so far, we will now have only one, so both versions are now merged into one. However, for the purpose of having a distinction, we'll still call it "OE Classic" (not activated) and "OE Classic Pro" (activated).
    If you've been using OE Classic's built-in updates window which requires putting in license name and key, you may not even notice the transition. As soon as the update is downloaded and installed, when you run it the first time, it will automatically activate itself from the saved license name/key. So the transition for those users will be very easy. In fact, our system already records over 30 silent activations even as we write this, and those users haven't even read this yet with zero support questions so far.
    For users who have been downloading the updates from our web page, there will be only one thing required - in the "Help" / "Activation" main menu, you only need to put your license name/key into the designated fields and click "Activate" button. Of course, you must be connected to the Internet while you do this.
    Once the program is activated and the license key is saved to the computer it remains activated indefinitely and can be used for as long as the system is not reinstalled. And if you install OE Classic updates, it will tolerate up to 60 days of updates without the need to reactivate itself. After 60 days have passed and if the version you install is newer than those 60 days, OE Classic will again automatically reactivate itself to this new version when you run it the first time. No additional work is required.
    So basically, very little has changed from the end user perspective and we've taken care to make it super-easy.
    However, now we have some advantages which this new licensing method gives us. Some of the advantages of having the activation instead of having two separate versions are as following:
    • Users can now upload OE Classic installation file to web sites like www.virustotal.com (a multi-engine antivirus scanning tool) and scan them, additionally reassuring themselves that our executables are indeed virus-free, like they have been for many years now, without worrying they would be violating license agreement terms (because they were sharing the Pro version then to a third party). So sharing the executable file is now possible (though, you still have to keep your license key private, that one must not be shared).
    • Free version users can download new updates and contribute to the antivirus reputation building for new versions in addition to the Pro version users. Previously, beta versions were always slow to build the antivirus reputation due to smaller number of downloads and faster release cycle showing nasty warnings on installation even though the file was completely harmless. In addition to that, we will soon add a code signing certificate to the program which will make it even faster to build reputation after a new version release and cause even fewer issues with antiviruses.
    • Having a Free/Pro was confusing for some users and caused some questions like - "Do I have to setup my folders and accounts again?", or "Will I lose data when I install the Pro?", or "What's the difference between Free and Pro"? Though it won't eliminate all the questions, it will make it simpler as we won't have to clarify that the 2 versions were in fact the same program, except for the limitations in the free one.
    • We can also link some free and optional paid additional services to your license name/key, to augment the program itself, which may be offered later in the future (some are planned already and you will love them!).
    • In addition to all of the above, some users could have accidentally downgraded their Pro versions to a free one. This won't be possible as the free one will be again the same program like the Pro, and the only thing different will be the license key which is saved in the system. Also, the old version had some limitations improperly implemented so if you would downgrade to the free version you might delete the blocked senders list and message rules (which were limitations in the free version). This should not happen with this update as the limitations have been carefully rewritten to ensure no data loss occurs even if the user accidentally downgrades, or even deactivates the program. All the data will be fully preserved in such cases.
    As always, we're ready to help you with any questions regarding the transition to make it easier for the existing users and as for the new users - they will be starting with the new version anyway so things will be clear right from the start.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2020
  2. FanJ

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    Thanks @Willy2 for the additional FB info!
    There is a little typo there (can happen to all of us ;) ).
    You mean the upcoming version is 3.2. We are currently in the 3.1 branch and that quote clearly says it also: The next version will be 3.2.
     
  3. Willy2

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    - Yes, you're right. But the users of the Free version are still on v3.0 and PRO users are still using the "v3.1 Beta" version. So, it would make sense to make the next OEC (Free) version "v3.1".
    - But I don't intend to lose sleep over this. We'll have to wait and see what the next version will be.
     
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  4. FanJ

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    If nobody else is doing it, then I will post it:
    There was a new update on 19 Nov 2020 : OE Classic Pro beta 3.1 (19-11-2020)

    And of course once again no mention about what has been changed in their own changelog, the ReadMe file.

    And of course they are still using outdated third-party libraries.

    That's the situation, ladies and gentlemen. Whether you like it or not.
     
  5. Buddel

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    Maybe your points are valid, but most ladies and gentlemen probably couldn't care less. Usability and new features are all that really matter to them. Don't get me wrong. This statement does not necessarily reflect my own opinion, but that's the way it is.
     
  6. Willy2

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    I Always compare the files of a new build with the files of the previous build. One thing that changed were the language files. Makes sense because there will be a new FREE version soon.
     
  7. Buddel

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    Yep, the language files have been updated, and this is probably more important to OE Classic users than up-to-date third-party libraries.
     
  8. Willy2

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    Right now, I think the developers are still waiting for the french & croatian translation. Then all translations are up to date. I assume that then a new build will be released.
     
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