I don't like complaining and such but I have to say a word here too. I believe that the more users express themself about this issue, the more you'll think about it, and hopefuly change your mind about this license stuff, or at least improve it so it's not much of an inconvenience, as it is today.
For still images, it's not a problem, since it's a verification on the launching of Octane... but for animation, it just turns Octane useless. It's a shame.
Until now, every single animation that i've tried to render during the night has been a failure.
Look, for a 500 frames animation, octane opens itself 500 times and makes 500 licence verifications, isn't it absurd ? It should be obvious for you, as computer engineers, that sooner or later, the internet request won't succeed, even with a good internet connection. (i have a pretty decent one, in center town, adsl2+ wich works well).
For now, the only way to avoid that is to sit and watch the screen, just to check that the program is still running !!! seriously !!!!? As a freelancer i have not even enough of 24 hours per day, in this industry you always have tight deadlines. For a professsional use, it's just an unacceptable situation. In terms of productivity loss and reliability.
The good ideas exposed above by Face
should definitely be taken into account and i hope that you'll even make it a high level priority.
Since i'm not a program designer, i don't know if it's a relevant idea, (it might be simplistic
) but maybe the verification could have an expiration date ? like cookies for internet pages.
Say Octane does a first launch and a regular online license check, if it's ok, it writes a variable somewhere wich records that the next licence check has to be done in, for example, +3 hours from there. So in an 8 hours render, Octane would do 3 or 4 verifications on the Internet instead of, like, 400. This compromise, if it's possible, could be a way to decimate the probablilty to have a verification/internet failure.
I am very enthousiast about Octane and I was saying all over the place how awesome this software is, but this single issue is so frustrating that now i'm a lot more temperate about that.
Your satisfied customers are your best commercial agents.. In my opinion, a young software like Octane can't offer to disapoint if it wants to make his place... I'm just saying.
So please, think about it, again.