I’ve decided to make a rather significant change to Painting With Light: it is no longer free.
There are several reasons for this, which I will get to shortly, but the key points are:
- Developing software takes a lot of time, especially working on several platforms.
- I’m a full-time artist; I don’t get paid to write this software.
- I hoped that, by making the software available for free, that I could help connect artists and develop a community that discusses and shares ideas around the medium of video mapping. It hasn’t yet achieved this aim.
- I also hoped that I would be doing a lot more workshops than I have done, which would have gone some way towards covering the cost of development time.
I want to make it clear that I’m not making this change to ‘cash in’ on the software or the goodwill that I have gotten from releasing it, rather I want to take it forward and make it so much better. To achieve this I need you (yes, you) to invest something in its future too.
Firstly, there is a new license to buy in the shop. If a small percentage of the thousands of you that download the software end up purchasing it, that’s going to help me to spend more time on developing new features, and writing the much needed documentation, and making tutorial videos – all that good stuff that takes the same amount of time as developing the software in the first place.
Until April 30th 2014 it’s on sale for £29.99, rising to £49.99 after that.
While I occasionally get emails thanking me for making Painting With Light available for free, and I do appreciate them very much, I do wonder if it ends up devaluing the software, as there doesn’t seem to be much engagement visible after people download it.
Secondly, I would like you to share your ideas, projects, and doodlings with me and the other users. Post them in the forum, or on the Facebook page. I know people out there in the world are using it, but what for?
Thirdly, report bugs and suggest features. Testing also takes lots of time, and if it crashes, or doesn’t work how you expect then let me know. If you don’t report it then I don’t know about it. Help me make it a better product for you and everyone else.
You may notice from the download page that I’ve had to temporarily halt Linux support, which was another difficult decision. I like Linux a lot but it’s not my native platform and I don’t quite understand it as well as I need to in order to release a quality version. I promise that I will bring it back!
I hope that I’m being clear that I’m still extremely excited about the possibilities that Painting With Light has to offer, and this change, whilst a difficult one to make, is purely aimed at helping it to grow.
I look forward to hearing from you!