Back in mid Feb Laurence Taylor,
laurence-taylor (at) easynet.co.uk, fed me one of the most
specific and appreciated bug reports I have ever gotten. At
that point he informed me that "RAM Charger 8.0.1 and the
extension Aladdin Transaction Engine 1.1.1 conflict. Several
shareware and demo applications use the Transaction Engine
to enable and enforce payment: they do not launch without
the Engine enabled. Aladdin ShrinkWrap 3.0 and TikiSoft
DragNet 2.0 demo version use the Transaction Engine."
Subsequent testing confirmed Laurence's detailed report.
Testing turns up the fact that Square One also uses the
Aladdin Transaction Engine, and thus will not run in "Demo"
mode when RAM Charger is active. This conflict does not
exist once Square One is purchased. Thus the only solution
is to demo Square One with RAM Charger disabled to determine
if you like it, then you will be able to use the two
together should you like Square One and buy it. Based on
other reports here on the list, there is no known conflict,
nor any reason to suspect one, once Square One is purchased.
Back in Feb I did establish contact with an Aladdin
engineer ("Glenn L. Austin", glenn (at) aladdinsys.com) through
email messages that concluded with a long phone
conversation. We were unable to come up with any way that
RAM Charger could be modified to work around the "unique"
technique that he is using. Subsequent to that conversation
I have reconsidered the things he and I discussed, and am
still unable to find any way we can accommodate the Aladdin
At the end of my conversation with him, Glenn said he
felt that it was reasonable for him to come up with another
way of doing things that would not conflict. With that, he
went off that Thursday (2/19/98) and said he would contact
me again. I have not heard, but I hope he is/was up to
Products I think use Aladdin Transaction Engine:
ShrinkWrap, Square One, DragNet.