Close-sourcing the HTML5 exporter

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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:42 pm

[quote="abhilash2863":ya6ceptv]are you referring to the source of the exporter or the exporter itself here?[/quote:ya6ceptv]
The source code would be closed-source (proprietary). The licenses refer to how the released exporter is given away, not the source code itself, which is private to us.

[quote="BROO":ya6ceptv]Back in time there was some legal actions threaten from CT about re-use of their coding ideas (ACE for instance)[/quote:ya6ceptv]
I don't believe there's any issue here, that all appears to have blown over. Besides, ideas aren't copyrightable - try putting IE9 and Chrome side by side.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:50 pm

Question:

How is this going to affect plugs, since they have to be written for each exporter?
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:35 pm

I don't see any reason this will affect plugins. What are you worried about?
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:47 pm

Go for it, then with some of the money....build me a Linux native GUI!
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:53 pm

[quote="Ashley":2mqohnjl]I don't see any reason this will affect plugins. What are you worried about?[/quote:2mqohnjl]

Might slow development from outside devs.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:58 pm

I suppose, but with good SDK documentation, the source to the exporter isn't important - and that's a fairly minor disadvantage outweighed by some solid advantages, IMO.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:37 pm

Might be a better idea to have the windows exe closed source keeping the html5 exporter open source as the example? To show that you not only support html5 but having it open source too i think would be good for image, where as closed source paid for (whatever you want donation?) windows exe would work.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:39 pm

html5 exporter would be a much greater prospect for generating cash due to it's cross-platform implementation possibilities. Leaving it open source would be wrong in this case IMO.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:42 pm

Yeah i just thought that too, gah, well whatever you decide it's your choice and you can garuntee people will use it and love it.
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Post » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:49 pm

I think it is a smart move to close source it. I don't think you can expect to make money from this project unless you close-source it. The pay-what-you-want might bring in some money at some point, but I think it makes sense to start generating money now.

I don't know how much people donated for Construct 1, but I'm guessing it isn't as much as you would get from making this close-source.
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