[Ardour-Users] Could this solve Ardour's financial headache?

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Sun Jan 11 18:22:44 PST 2009

John Rigg wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 12:55:56PM +0700, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> It's fairly simple to add a window which can show subscription/donation 
>> info and Mantis bounties directly in the software. It could just be an 
>> embedded html view using an existing browser dispalying the ardour 
>> website. It's not much effort to add a news feed so people are kept upto 
>> date without having to lift a finger. It's a little more effort to make 
>> the window into a central point for community involvement. By ensuring 
>> the interface is self updating and relevant it will give users incentive 
>> to participate. Most users don't want to and can't be bothered keeping 
>> track of the website to find out what is happening. If it was easily 
>> accessible to them and the info was relevant then more people would make 
>> some time to contribute.
> This would put off a lot of professional users trying it for the first
> time. Many security conscious studios and recording engineers would be
> very unhappy about connecting a DAW containing clients' work to the
> internet full time. I personally never connect my production DAWs to
> the internet.
> In addition, any use of screen space for non-audio related display would
> suggest to a pro user that the software isn't intended for serious work.
> Those of us running dedicated DAWs (ie. with no software apart from the
> minimum needed for audio work) don't necessarily have web browsers 
> installed anyway, and this isn't going to work at all for anyone who does 
> location recording in places without a usable internet connection.
All of this would be solved by being able to turn off the feature with a 
config option either at comp[ile time or with a license key...


Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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