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    New Versioning Scheme for Avid Products - 1.16.18

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    New Versioning Scheme for Avid Products - 1.16.18

    Avid is pleased to announce the introduction of a new date-based software versioning scheme. This versioning scheme will begin with the release of Media Composer v2018.1 and Media Composer | First today, January 16, 2018.

    What Is the New Versioning Scheme:

    For 2018, Avid is implementing a new software version numbering convention:

    • Software releases will be numbered according to the year and month, for example the first software release in January of 2018 will be numbered v2018.1
    • Subsequent releases within the same month will have an additional suffix, for example v2018.1.1
    • For products that do not release on a monthly basis, it will be necessary to skip numbers at times – for example, the release that follows v2018.1.1 may be v2018.3
    • Product splash screens, about boxes, Avid Master Accounts, and Application Manager will display the full version number – for example v2018.1.1
    • In cases where the installer software does not support four characters for the base version number, we will truncate the first two characters – for example, an installer may have to refer to v2018.1.1 as v18.1.1. The exe file may also need to display the truncated version number.


    Why is there a change:

    • This new numbering convention provides several benefits to Avid and our customers - it streamlines products.
    • Allows us to emphasize product positioning and latest news instead of version numbers
    • Helps to remind customers when they are out of date.
    • Aligns version numbers across products when a bundled release goes out or a special offer.
    • Promotes consistency across Avid product lines, enabling more consistency.


    When Will This Happen:

    • Media Composer and Media Composer | First will be the first products to release, with v2018.1 coming out today, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.
    • Other products will follow as soon as possible, with clear migration plans and similar customer-facing information.


    What Does This Mean for Customers:

    • Media Composer customers who are covered by an active subscription or upgrade & support plan will receive the v2018.1 update in their Avid Master Account, Application Manager, and in the Download Center. Their current license will run this software version – they do not need a new license.  
    • Other products will operate in a similar way; the version change should not require a new license. 
    • Aligns with customer expectations, as other vendors have already adopted similar methods (e.g. Adobe, Autodesk )   


    More Info:

    Media Composer 2018.1 blog

    2018 Product Version Changes FAQ    

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