Is it worth it to sell my standard model library for $25? If it’s not, then what will make it worth it?
I’m seriously contimplating registering a trademark for my model library name, but this can cost up to or more than $2000.
I will be updating my model library as technology advances, but only the professional version will be updated…the standard edition will still only be one level texture and animated meshes, whereas the profesional version will be upgraded constantly to support new model file formats, skeletal animation, weigted vertices and anything new that comes out.
You’re looking at about $150 plus for the proffesional version, and I’m sure the price will rise as the library is tweaked to utter perfection and speed.
I have asked myself that question “Does anybody really need it, or want it?”.
I’m shooting off into the distance. I feel that at first it will be a bad investment, 'cause frankly nobody is going to know about it.
I’m aware that there are free model libraries out there already, that I haven’t even really looked at to see how well they’re made :/. Then I ask myself these question
“does their library do more than mine?”
“Are they gonna keep improving it like I want to improve mine?”
“If they don’t make money for making a model library, won’t they get discouraged and stop updating it?”
I’m trying to look beyond what people want right now, but rather look at what people want in the future. If I make my library the best that it can be, and the easiest to understand, then I think I have a shot.
I’ve decided I’m going for this. My goal is to make a library that people will feel comfortable using, and I’m confident that they will. People don’t get anywhere if they don’t take chances, so it’s my turn to step up and take that chance.
Now I’m going to ask everyone in here; do you want or need a model library that you don’t ever have to worry about getting outdated?
All I ask for is support. If you help me, I can help you. That’s the way this world works.
Me too . In fact, I’m going to be ordering the bluebook sometime soon.
I realize that every programmer is creative, and is driven to learn everything and do everything themselves. I was like that once, but I started to recognize that it isn’t always best to do everything on your own.
Way back when, I was trying to make a 3D engine. I was still programming in DOS and I didn’t even want to start programming in Windows. I saw OpenGL and I told myself that I wanted to know how to make a 3D engine before I use one. There was one problem though. The guys who made OpenGL have been doing 3D for a long time, and there was no way I could learn fast enough to start making my 3D games, so I gave in and started learning OpenGL. I’m glad I did because it taught me to use whatever resources I could in my games instead of developing them all on my own.
To be honest, I believe you would be best off (and the lib would have the most sucess) if you offered it (with source) for $25 or so, but not try to make it a buisness. Don’t bother with a trademark unless you KNOW you have a market. (Just my $0.02)
Originally posted by rts:
[b]Free Software is the way. Yes, I’m one of those kinds of guys. The GPL is the best way of protecting your work on all kinds of levels (from the practical to the moral).
Well, I’m sure this will touch off a massive flame war, but, so be it. [/b]
Your right, it will start a flame war. The guy wants to make some money and protect his investment. You are saying the way to do this is to give it away free? Where exactly is the money in that? The only companies I know of that make money from free products do it though technical support and merchandising. Somehow, I dont think these apply to his situation.
Sometimes, I think I could go off for days about the “free software movement”…lets stop while I’m still calm.
I don’t think that free software applies well to a world where having the computer switched on costs money for power… where one has to buy food, houses, cars.
It would be the greatest world when everybody would do it all for free…
but! there are currently many free projects twice, and therefor there are other jobs not filled. Who would bring away the dirt for you when he could be programming on something?
Originally posted by Michael Steinberg: If every hobby programmer gets the software for free, how to verify professional programmers don’t use it ilegally?
I still don’t understand. “getting stuff for free” is not the goal of Free Software. Think free-as-in-speech, not free-as-in-beer. I think I read on another thread that your mother tongue is German… in which case you should think of “freie Software” and not “kostenlos Software”.
There is no such thing as “using free software illegally”… I think you’re worried about “piracy”. It’s impossible, by definition, to “pirate” Free software (how I loath that word).