If you have Sibelius 8 or other recent versions of Avid applications, you’ll have noticed the new Avid Application Manager. The AAM is, according to Avid, “an instrument that facilitates all the operations that relate to application download and activation, subscription prolongation, and other product licensing activities. With Application Manager, you can manage your downloads, installs, updates, product activation procedures, support plan, subscription model, receive Avid news and advertisements, and try new offerings without having to go to Avid’s Web store.”
AAM always launches itself upon startup. However, you don’t actually need AAM to be running in order to use Sibelius. Although you can quit AAM, it will stubbornly launch itself the next time you restart or log in to your computer.
It isn’t readily apparent how to disable it from automatically launching, but it’s possible. If you don’t like processes such as AAM to be running in the background, here’s how to prevent it from doing so.
If you’re comfortable using Terminal (the command-line controller of the Mac OS located on your hard drive at Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Terminal), simply launch it and copy and paste the following code, and then hit Return:
sudo defaults write /Library/LaunchAgents/com.avid.ApplicationManager.plist RunAtLoad -boolean false
You’ll be prompted for your administrator password. Enter it, and you’re done.
Use the Finder
If you’d rather not muck around in Terminal, you can visit the file in the Finder by going to Macintosh HD/Library/LaunchAgents.
Find the file named “com.avid.ApplicationManager.plist” and open it in a text editor. You’ll be prompted for your administrator password.
Locate the key
RunAtLoad and change
false — leave all other characters as they are.
You may get a message saying “Are you sure you want to unlock…” Click Unlock.
Save the file. You’ll probably be prompted for your administrator password again. Type it and you’re done — AAM won’t launch on startup.
Should you wish to manually launch AAM at anytime, you’ll find it at Macintosh HD/Applications/Avid/Application Manager.
There is a helpful 5-minute video which explains it all. Basically you open the Task Manager, click the Startup tab, and disable the “Avid Application Manager Helper” and the “InstallShield”.
For a walkthrough of how to do that, watch this video.