In order to automatically keep your activation status up to date, Cakewalk will renew your activation status whenever a new version of the application is installed and run for the first time, and when you sign in to BandLab from within Cakewalk. If you have never signed in to BandLab from within Cakewalk, you will be prompted once to sign in.You will see a “Cakewalk activation has been refreshed” message on starting the application for the first time. If you were not signed in to BandLab, you will be prompted to sign in, after which it will auto renew the activation status. Note that you must have an active internet connection for the automatic renewal process to work.As long as you stay logged in to BandLab within Cakewalk, and use Cakewalk occasionally, it will automatically stay activated with no further user intervention required.
To show/hide values on automation envelopes, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Values on Envelopes.To show/hide waveform outlines, click the Track view View menu and select Display > Show Waveform Outlines.This is useful if you have a large project and you want to hide all other tracks apart from a certain group of tracks. For example, on a rock project you could have a “Drums only” or “Guitars” preset; on an orchestral project, you may wish to have a “Strings Section” preset that hides all tracks apart from your strings tracks.To open the Track Manager, click the Track view Tracks menu and select Track Manager or press the H key.
When you select a theme in Edit > Preferences > Customization - Themes, or launch Cakewalk with an old custom user theme active, Cakewalk checks to make sure the custom theme is compatible with the current version of Cakewalk.A user theme is considered incompatible if Cakewalk contains new or resized UI elements that have not been updated in the theme.If the selected theme needs to be updated, Cakewalk will show a Custom Theme Incompatibility warning, and ask if you want to continue to use the theme:
If you click Yes, some UI elements might be corrupted until the theme is updated and resaved in Theme Editor.
If you click No, Cakewalk will revert to the factory Mercury theme.
Additionally, when applicable, the crash dialog allows you to continue after a crash. Please note that the behavior after resuming is not guaranteed and is provided as a last resort to access project information when a crash occurs. It should only be used in cases where the crash is known to be continuable.To specify the error detection sensitivity, add the following variable in Cakewalk.ini (Edit > Preferences > File - Initialization File):7 = Unhandled errors, all access violations and heap corruption errors are caught (this is the strictest error detection mode)As of 2021.01 Update 1, we have dialed back the default error sensitivity to 1, since a few plug-ins were preventing projects from loading. The sensitivity value defaults to 1 but can changed to 7 make it catch even more plug-in errors.To revert to the default value, delete the ExceptionHandlingSeverity variable.To reinforce that Arranger Preview is not supported in projects that contain video, ReWire synths, and active Region FX, Arranger Preview is now disabled in such projects.
Tip - Searching Documentation
Tip: To search for a specific topic, type your search query in the Search Cakewalk.com field at the top right of this page.
When the search results appear, click which product's documentation you would like to search to filter the search results further.
Note - Using Offline Help
Note: If you prefer to always use offline Help, go to Edit > Preferences > File > Advanced in your Cakewalk software and select Always Use Offline Help.
If you are not connected to the internet, your Cakewalk software will default to showing offline help until an internet connection becomes available.