If I had to guess, I'd say it's probable that AT2 is just checking to see if it's up to date. If this is problematic for you, you can turn off updates in the application settings. Try turning updates off and see if it's still making a call out to the network. It's also possible that an unlicensed copy is "phoning home" some sort of statistical information about the number of days left in your trial or some such related information. I'd be surprised if that is the case as the Scribble Code team seem very open and upfront in all regards. It will be interesting to see their official reply. I can tell you that my licensed copy starts almost instantaneously from an SSD whether I'm connected to the net or not.
Hi, Aeon Timeline 2 is doing this by Paddle (the company that does our licensing system). It would do this on both the trial and the licensed version. It is collecting a small amount of statistical data that it gives to us (basically the operating system that is being used and the version number of the software). This is all that is collecting - it does not have access to anything else, or any of your timeline data. At the moment there is no way to disable this, but we will contact Paddle and investigate further if there is a way we can implement it so that users can turn this function off. Jess