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Plans for Indigo...

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:36 am
by OnoSendai
...Or lack of :)
Since everyone is interested about commercialisation, I thought I should say something.
My current plans are to keep Indigo free, for personal and limited commercial use. The limits on commercial use are described in the license.txt in the latest distributions: basically it's a restriction that you can't charge directly for rendering with Indigo off a renderfarm.
There's also the redistribution restriction - no redistribution please.

I don't want to sell Indigo in single copies like Vray or Maxwell or whatever, for a few reasons:
* support - not my idea of a good time
* bugfixing for x thousand people - also not my idea of a good time
* Indigo is not really user-friendly enough to charge for.
* It's nice to be free. I like that people use my software :)
etc.. etc..

What I am interested in doing is licensing Indigo to other companies, so that they can use it as, for example, a rendering backend for modelling software, or to run as a backend renderer on a remote renderfarm.

The advantage of this approach is that I get to keep Indigo free for you guys (and gals?), so we can keep our nice community of poor students etc... :P, while still hopefully making some money for me at some point.

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:18 am
by IanT
Both pragmatic and sensible :)


Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:46 am
by DaveC
Now, there's a good point. Are there any ladies using indigo?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:12 am
by afecelis
Ahhhhhhh! thanks Ono. This should calm most of the nerves down. :wink:

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:57 am
by atmmatt
Gotta make this a sticky because in another 2 weeks "Ono I have a completely original idea!!!"

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:18 am
by Apollux3D
Thanks for the timely answer :D

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:07 am
by CTZn
:) O Happyness ! :)

That is said right on time, and with so much lightness and clarity... it's luminous !!!

Thank you OnoSendai !

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:29 am
by Pinko
Tnx Ono!!!!!!!!
Pinko. :D

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:57 am
by Maluminas
Thanks Ono! Im glad to hear that, and it should quiet down those threads for some time lol :)

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:59 am
by tungee
:) :P :) :) :) :) :) :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :wink:

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:26 am
by psor

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:28 am
by kaizen
jajaja, chapeu! Ono.

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:08 am
by Phil

Thanks a lot for this post, :D but how can we support or improve the developpment or help you working on this?

Best regards, Phil

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:53 pm
by Kojack
It must be sticky, thx :D

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:01 am
by Koba
Nice strategy there Ono! I hope it goes well for you!

That said, if things don't work out as planned (your life changes in some way, you get busy with something else etc) I hope you would consider releasing the source as a gift to the community. It would be such a shame if indigo stopped developing and stayed closed source only to decay on hard drives the world over.

That is a big if and I want to make it clear that I wish you all the best with this venture!