So I guess I have to expose the studio computer to the multitude of viruses on the internet.
I wouldn´t be afraid about any viruses if you connect to the Internet temporarily, just for the time of the activation. Unless you think Native Instruments are sending viruses...
. But this is indeed nothing we can influence - the Kontakt Player is licensed to us as it is. As far as the future of the offline activation is concerned, we´ve just received some news from them. Here is the quote which might interest you:A note on offline authorization
Before developing Native Access, we conducted research into the usage of internet connections within studio environments. The results concluded that the vast majority of our user base had a permanent internet connection or are happy to connect when downloading and authorising their tools. As a result, we felt that it was no longer necessary to support offline authorization. The new workflow described above will also mean that offline authorization is no longer possible for third-party libraries with the next release of Kontakt. We realise this may have consequences for some customers but we are confident that it is the right time to take this step.
This is, however, the future, as they say. Why the offline authorization does not work now is another question. Please write to our support and let us know your ticket number you received after writing them. We will contact NI and try to find out what´s going on. We will come back to you as soon as we receive any relevant information.