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Beware that if you are using a trial version, it is for 'evaluation use only' !

 

I have been an NCH user for many years. I have purchased most of the audio software, and when I upgraded from xp to win7 I purchased all my NCH software again.

 

I am a 'taper' - I record shows for bands I know. My main method of operation these days is to mix and edit with Audacity and export the file as .wav.

I then open the file in WavePad - I am very familiar with it and enjoy using it - where I will amplify as necessary, edit between songs, split into tracks, do fades, etc.

I then name and save each track. Works great for me!

 

I recently bought a new powerful laptop with windows 10, and was doing my mixing on it and then transferring via flash drive to my win7 machine to use WavePad to finalize my project as described above.

This of course is a silly work flow, so I decided to try the new version of WavePad on my laptop and see if I liked it.

 

After a couple of hours working on a 2 hour set, I was satisfied with my edits, and began the saving all files tasks. Half-way through I get the 'trial demo version for evaluation use only' which of course wants me to purchase the software. And I am stuck not being able to save any more of my work - and that really stinks..... I will load a copy of my paid version onto the laptop - but much of the work I did today was wasted.

 

So, sorry for the drawn out crying session.

 

Here is what the WavePad page states:

Get it Free. A free version of WavePad audio editing software is available for non-commercial use only. The free version does not expire and includes most of the features of the normal version. If you are using it at home, you can download the free version here. You can always upgrade to the master's edition at a later time, which has additional effects and features for the serious sound engineer.

 

Which does not lead one to believe it will stop working and require a purchase.............................................

 

 

edit to add: well, my version (5.1) of WavePad of course won't work with windows 10.

Although I couldn't save half the files in the case above, it Did allow me to save the project... so $$$$

and I am now on my way. sorry again, just thought it was worth mentioning that the trial version wouldn't let me finish my work - I guess I should have known...

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Hi vapors,

Ok, so I think what has happened is you have installed the *trial* version of WavePad. This is different to the *free* version. The free version will always work and never expire although there are some features missing and you have to click a button at the beginning stating that you acknowledge that this version is for non-commercial use only. It should certainly never prevent you from saving your work.

 

The trial or demo version will restrict you from saving after you have saved a number of files (I think it's about 10). Once this happens you still have the chance to save your work as a WavePad project, but you won't be able to export the audio to a specific format like mp3 or wav.

 

Sorry for the confusion and I will have some discussions with people to see how we can make the fact that you are using the demo vs free versions a little bit clearer in future releases.

Regards,

Ben

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Thank you for your response Ben. I posted in a fit of dismay, and considered deleting it, but then thought that perhaps someone might be interested in how others utilize the program.

I knew I would be purchasing the current edition to use on my windows 10 machine, and have now done so. I completed the above mentioned project (and many more since) without a hitch.

 

I do have some other issues now that I will inquire about in a new thread, once I determine that they are not solely related to my new laptop or windows 10 itself...

 

Well, here is one that I wonder if anyone else has noticed:

On my win10 laptop (Alienware 17 R3) with the current edition v6.33 the bar at the bottom of the screen (which contains the transport features, the timing displays, and zoom) is extremely small and almost impossible to read.

I can only work now due to my familiarity with the program and knowing where the button I need is located. Is this perhaps something you are aware of?

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I am also having issues with the layout/ small toolbar size on v6.33 (free basic). Past few years using v5.55 then upgraded recently. Any help adjusting screen layout/ size would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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^ Glad to hear (wait that doesn't sound right) it's not just me/my system. I've been thinking that it had something to do with upgrading to windows 10, or something to do with the display of my new computer.

But maybe, or hopefully, it is a WavePad compatability issue that will be addressed. I haven't pursued this any further yet, as I stated I've learned to work with the miniature lower toolbar.

but I can't read the times on the 'start, end,selection length, file length...

 

I will start a new topic outside of this thread.

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Huh?  My purchased Master's Wavepad will also only allow saving a project and not the *.wav files created from Wavepad editing.  Apparently my Wavepad ap is behaving as the "free" version i started out with?  Any recommendation?

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