Alias/3 patch

Ginzanix

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Made a patch to get Alias3 working without a license. Still not complete (options are not licensed), but seems possible to use the modelling functions. Paint and renderer should be trivial to patch in the same way. If anyone has original hardware to test, it would be helpful. I am testing this using Mame/Indy, which may cause its own errors. Didn't find any rules against posting this (we are talking Photoshop 2.5 era software), though just delete if problematic.

patch "bin/alias3"
[edited - see below for update]
 
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Ginzanix

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I don't know, though I hope there would be somewhere to discuss how to get the older (oldest?) software to run without licensing. For me the IRIX 5.3 and earlier stuff is the most interesting, difficult to find and impossible to license! Most of the later Irix 6.5 stuff was cracked a long time ago. Though we are talking 20-25 year old software in any event! Something like 4am "clean" cracks for Apple II?
 

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Updated the patch. Problem is now all features are licensed, including beta features - so now Alias3 thinks it's a pre-release version. Should be not too difficult to disable specific licenses (they are listed in the binary when checked). Individual binaries (such as Paint) still need patching, and for some reason the Render-button is disabled (possibly due to too many features!) (update: render button fixed and several individual features added)

(I removed the offset/hex changes, and made a simple script using patchfile instead)

See here for the patch - this is not yet complete, though patches the main binaries (paint, renderers etc.). Please do not use this on an important installation without backup. I will make further updates later.

Link to patch v0


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Ginzanix

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no, it needs one more modification. i don't remember where but it's not the features blocking the button.
You are correct - found it and updated the post above! Before I spend too much time on this - has this been done before, or are you just familiar with the license features/format? (there are about 70 (!) binary tools which are license proteced and need patching - if there is a key generator, it would be a nice shortcut!)
 
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foetz

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let's say i'm familiar with alias and v3 as well. and afaik there never was a kg for non-flexlm products.
 
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Would be interesing if a KG was made, though in practice there is no difference (though a bit easier to pick and choose options)

Updated with most render binaries, see above. A small error in fastrender, but should be fixable.
 
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Added powertracer. Interestingly the powertracer.4k binary still has a lot of function names and debug information.
 
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Ginzanix

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Made a patch script using patchfile, see above. Tested to work, but happy if someone can confirm (please do not use on any important/original Alias3 installation).
 
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