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    indeed. Until very recently we had to jump through hoops, leave blood group and inside leg measurements just to be allowed to draw using millimeters.
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    We used a Dongle for an add-on to AutoCAD call Vibrant Soft Engine IIRC, we last used that for AutoCAD v14. Used to be pretty common for high dollar software to require a dongle in the last millennium.

    I do not believe any AutoCAD needed a Dongle since AutoCAD 2000, but I think around AutoCAD 2004 or 2005, they got tougher with the Authorization.

    Interesting concept you have, I wonder if your employer wonders when you "started the annual fee noise", you mean you want to get paid?

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    I think the online authorization procedure started with AutoCAD 2008. I have a copy of 2007 that includes the CD-Key and Serial Number on the case (which was all that was needed to run the program) so in theory I could load it on one hundred computers and it wouldn't matter.
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    I recall that US AutoCAD had been released with a dongle for either version 2.4 or 2.5. It was just as I was getting into it myself, with version 2.6. What I recall is that user groups were calling it a turKey and clamoring for its removal. They evidently won that round, as version 2.6 did not have it, but that was still back in the day.
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    thanks for your response. great quote from ol' zig zaggin ziggler btw!

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