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Digidesign Using Plug-In Authorization for Pro Tools 6.0
Old 5th February 2003
Digidesign Using Plug-In Authorization for Pro Tools 6.0

DALY CITY, Calif. (Feb. 04, 2003) -- Digidesign has announced that it now supports — a new plug-in authorization management tool hosted by PACE. is a web portal that allows people to manage iLok USB Smart Keys and software authorizations and provides instant, up-to-date details on plug-in authorization status.
With the release of Pro Tools 6.0 software, Pace’s iLok secure protection solution will become the sole means of authorizing many plug-ins running on Pro Tools 6.0 systems. The iLok USB Smart Key — available through Digidesign dealers or via the Digidesign Web Store for $40(USD), and shipped with new Pro Tools|HD systems — is a device that plugs into a USB computer port. Authorizations for bundled or purchased iLok-compatible plug-ins are transferred from the included plug-in license cards to the iLok Smart Key by inserting the card into the back of the Key.

When Pro Tools is launched (or, in some cases, instantiate a plug-in within a session), the system references the iLok Key to verify authorizations for installed plug-ins. If the user wants to work on a different Pro Tools system, they simply take the iLok Key(s), plug it into a USB port on the system’s host computer, and the authorizations will be valid for any matching plug-ins on that system as long as the Key is installed.
With, users get a single, web-based tool that shows what plug-ins are on the iLok Key. All that is needed is a Macintosh computer with a USB port, a current web browser (Explorer 5.2 or later), an Internet connection, and an account on
Users can create an iLok account and register an iLok Key by going to and following the directions. To view the authorizations on an iLok Key, the user just insert the Key into an available USB port and logs in to Users can register multiple iLok Keys and view authorizations for each.
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