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These updates mainly enhance the decompile engine and fix some bugs. (No CS3/AS3 support yet, it will come with 6th versions and ASV 6 is expected to be available by July 16th, 2007).
I will keep this post short. ASV license owners: if you are also using SWF Encrypt 4, please test your protected SWFs with the updated version (and let us know if you find a bug). Thanks.
(We think most probably these will be last 5.x updates for ASV, UAE and ASR. Not that we won’t release updates if a serious bug is found. May 16th is ASV’s 7th anniversary, and I tend to think it would be a nice coincidence to have the final 5.x version released on that day…).
Another day, another update… How embarrassing! Nevertheless, this has happened before and we had to do what we had to do. We released updates, within 24 hours of the 5.20 updates, which fixes a single bug. Current versions of ASV, UAE and ASR are now 5.21…
This made me think why we don’t release updates more frequently… Obviously the reason is testing and quality assurance. This one bug was about having a one-too-many semicolon somewhere as a string constant – so it was an easy fix and required not much testing…
Speaking of updates, Ted Patrick’s post on Adobe Flex 2.01 update was quite enthusiastic…
As scheduled, we have released 5.20 versions of ASV, UAE and ASR. Only the decompile engine has been enhanced and fixed (apart from very minor changes to other parts), still changes are significant. (As usual license owners can download the updated versions at their assigned download URLs).
New versions bypass some new obfuscations older versions couldn’t (provided that correct AS import options are selected) but I know from experience that it won’t take obfuscator apps too long to get updated.
My recommendation to anyone who wants to protect his code is to use an obfuscator that renames identifiers, before any other type. Even if the code gets decompiled – and that happens sooner or later-, it would be extremely difficult to understand for others.
I usually don’t post about minor bug-fix updates to our software, but it turns out a significant amount of our customers simply forget to download the updates.
It’s trivial to have a ‘feature’ that checks for updates regularly, then download and update the software but ‘do not call home’ is our policy. In this spyware age, I still think it’s the only option we have.
We do have a menu command that says ‘check version’, opens the default browser with current version information passed on the URL, and the page shows if you are running the latest version or not. Apparently and expectedly this manual version checking is not enough for some of our users.
I do not intend to bloat my blog with insignificant product news, but until we find a better solution (have any ideas?), probably I’ll make posts like this every six months or so.
The news for our ASV, UAE and ASR customers is that we have a new version (5.15) available at their assigned download URLs. There are no new features, but lots of fixes. And, remember there’s a ‘Check Version’ command in the ‘help’ menu. Thanks…