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- R. Paul Martin
July 6, 2006, 12:50 pm
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I've been using Hot Dog Pro as my Web page editor for years. Recently
I had to move things to another hard drive. Hot Dog Pro 6.6 now wants
me to register it. So I dug out all of the registration and ID keys
and plugged them in. It looked like it was going all right but then
the software couldn't reach the Sausage server.
I've looked at their Web site and it appears that it's been not really
functional for a couple of years! Looking around I see that some guy
has apparently stolen the company!
Does anyone have an idea of how I could get my software to unlock
itself despite the fact that the authentication server seems to be
I've got a lot invested in this software and I'd like to be able to
keep using it.
Re: Hot Dog Pro?
R. Paul Martin wrote:
seems to work for me.
There is a link there for registered users to download the 6.6
version for those who have deleted it from their computers:
Their site states: "All of the products listed on this page are
not for sale. They are available here for registered users only.
If you purchased an older copy of HotDog Professional and have
deleted it from your system this is where you can download it
from. You will require your registration details to register
I'm not sure if the above info is enough or if the downloaded
version will again try to access their servers. There is a link
for getting help with the program:
You can create a help ticket there, but as you noted, the page
seems somewhat out of date. You could try doing a search for
abandonware, but most of those types of sites specialize in
It may be time to make the switch to a more current editor,
regardless of your investment. Sometimes it just isn't worth
sticking with a piece of software, especially when you begin to
feel as if you are the only user left. (I'm not suggesting you
are the only Hot Dog Pro user out there; just that you might be
feeling that way.)
There are several excellent free programs available with large
user communities in active development.
jEdit and Arachnophilia are Java programs and Nvu is Mozilla
based. I believe they all support macros and templates. If that
is what you mean by having a lot invested in Hot Dog Pro, well,
there won't be any easy way around recoding all of that stuff
again. But it should at least be possible.
Hope this helps.
Re: Hot Dog Pro?
Ah, but the authentication server won't. I did some more searching and
asking about this and I've found that there is a legal dispute going
on where there are allegations of a guy essentially walking off with
Sausage Software! I have seen complaints of people being charged for
version 7.03 and not getting the keys delivered. They never even got
to my stage of things.
So it's really worse than I'd known. I despair that I'll ever be able
to activate Hot Dog Pro again.
Yes, I did create a help ticket there, but I've not gotten anything
other than a robot reply and from what I've read that's all I'm ever
going to get.
Thanks, on your recommendation I've looked but I didn't find anything
about it. The problem isn't even loss of keys or anything it's that
the software requires authentication after you've entered your keys
and that server isn't operating.
Okay, thanks for the recommendations. I've D/Led Notepad++, JEdit,
Arachnophilia and Nvu. I'm sort of back where I was eleven years ago
looking for an HTML editor. *SIGH*
Re: Hot Dog Pro?
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NVU is good.
However, it's WYSIWYG, so might not be what you want.
It's good for doing quick and simple editing though and I like the CSS
I would suggest that you take a look at HTML-Kit,
it's a very conprehensive text editor and has a range of functions,
includeing HTML-Tidy built-in.
It has a range of extentions as well.
I actually use a range of programs, HTML-Kit, mainly for HTML-Tidy, I
also use NotePad for quick and dirty codeing.
I also use NVU, mainly for CSS editing and laying out sites, and
updateing. I also use CoreFTP lite for uploading and downloading my
I hope that helps.
Regards Chad. http://freewebdesign.cjb.cc
Re: Hot Dog Pro?
I've been a HotDog user since v2.54, back in 1995. Every time I come
up with a problem, the program seems to have something tucked away
which can deal with it.
Whatever you do, DON'T buy v7 - the only "improvements" over v6.6 were
minimal - my trial version came in Dutch(!).
He does seem to have gone belly-up; I think he got the pricing
structure wrong from the very start. It was always pretty expensive
and it just got dearer and dearer by comparison in a world which
started to offer things like html-kit (which looks remarkably like
HotDog, by the way). As you started investigating HotDog, the compass
of it became clearer and the cost became more acceptable, the more you
realised what you were getting, but to a first-time onlooker it must
have seemd a bit steep.
I. too, have a lot "invested" in HotDog, inasmuch as the investment is
feeling right at home with it. I continue to use it, and will for a
Hope you can get the registration thing going.
If you can't, I also use EditPad which offers a modicum of php / html
tag colouring, while a dedicated directory in ClipMate can act like
the HotDog multi-line clipboard.