In this episode, I respond to a topic that was brought up here in the comments of an earlier episode, as well as on Twitter. Namely, the notion of selling extensions, add-ons, assets, and so on for open source tools. Specifically, this was brought up as it pertains to the Blender Market, a site by the folks at CG Cookie with the purpose of letting Blender users sell these kinds of things to other Blender users. It turns out that this is a pretty interesting topic to talk about (I should know… I did it 3 times).
In personal news:
- I wrote a patch for Blender! – Just a little spelling fix for Add-ons
- I’m teaching a workshop next week – It’s a class on social media for authors and creatives. If you’re going to be in the Atlanta area on the 16th of October (2014), come on out!
And of course, I give a rundown of some the latest news as it pertains to open source and creative tools:
- Summer development updates to Pitivi – Nothing from that development cycle released has been released yet (as far as I know), but it’s still exciting to see that the project is still alive and moving forward.
- Synfig Studio 0.64.2 Release Candidate – If you’re into 2D vector animation, this one’s worth having a look at.
- An opensource.com article on tools for preparing ebooks – Mostly this relates to finalization tools, but still worth a read.
- A Hacker Public Radio podcast episode on using Sigil for preparing ebooks – In the same vein as the bit above, this is a pretty interesting podcast episode that goes into how one guy (lostnbronx) preps his ebooks. It’s a bit convoluted, but it does work.
- Fountain – I briefly mention this simple markup language for screenwriting… it’s worth at least a link in the show notes.
- Adobe Digital Editions 4 dials home with your data… in plain text – There are some boneheaded security and privacy violations being committed by the latest version of Adobe’s ereader software.
- MotionTool – A very cool add-on that’s provides a node-based animation system for Blender. It’s well worth watching the demo.
- Microvellum Fluid Designer – Andrew Peel’s very cool Blender fork that provides additional functionality tailored for quickly putting together interiors for architectural visualization.
Whew… I wrote a lot. On toward next week!