Parallel port lock phase out

September 2005

Dear Customer,

As PCs are no longer equipped with parallel ports, several customers have recently needed to exchange their parallel locks with USB ones.

Parallel ports are progressively less and less supported. As fewer computers are equipped with parallel ports, and USB ports become more standard, it has become clear that a general replacement of parallel locks with USB locks will soon be inevitable.

Replacing existing parallel locks with USB ones will carry a cost.
Moreover, the "old" parallel locks must be returned to Design Systems & Technologies to obtain the corresponding validation of the "new" USB locks.

Replacement cost varies depending on the software and on the lock type, as follows:

 

Standalone
€uros

Network
€uros
FastShip/FastYacht
175
Quote
GHS
175
175
Maestro
175
Quote
NavCad
250

350

PropCad
250
350
PropExpert
250
350
ShipConstructor
175
175
ShipWeight
175
quote
SwiftCraft
225
225

Additional insured courier shipping costs may apply and, if so, will be quoted a the time of replacement.

Replacement USB locks will be programmed for a 30 day period, and perpetual lock codes fo the same USB locks will be e-mailed upon receipt of the old parallel lock(s) at DS&T (allow about 5 working days). To prevent interruptions in licensing, the "old" parallel lock(s) being replaced must be returned to DS&T at once upon receipt of the "new" USB replacement(s).

As the cost of shipping has increased significantly in recent months, we recommend that, if possible, you plan to exchange your lock(s) hand-to-hand, by visiting us at either EUROPORT MARITIME (Rotterdam, 1-5 November) or METS (Amsterdam, 15-17 November).

If you wish to do so, it is IMPERATIVE that you confirm so in writing (e-mail to ds-t@ds-t.com) at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE (15 October for EUROPORT MARITIME, 1 November for METS).

Of course, you can keep and continue using your parallel port locks as long as this is practical for you. It is not mandatory to exchange locks at this time, only recommended. Locks can be exchanged at any later time, as you choose.

With regards to payment:
- a formal invoice will be issued for the transaction, after receipt of payment
- no shipping costs will be charged for hand-to-hand exchanges
- to simplify the process, payment by credit card is the best option

It is very appreciated that this hardware "evolution" inconveniences everyone.

DS&T


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