The Central Team is doing a survey on the Central Licensing model. Please take a couple of minutes to give us your input, as it will help us determine how Central is licensed.
You can take the survey here.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote down a stack of ideas/recommendations for the Central license scheme.http://e2easy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=41I think the basic SDK should remain free. But flat-rate license schemes are good if they are available to non-US developers (who currently want to sell Central applications to USA users). An alternative to the USA-only yahoo scheme.It should happen soon. Open the flood gates to all those Central applications that have been developed, but held back from being distributed on Central currently. If it is going to happen soon – PLEASE TELL US!
Bravo, Macromedia. I hope the survey provides the key insight which can make Central popular and profitable for Macromedia and Flash Developers.
I find myself asking the same question everytime I think of Central “What is the real value add of this product”?Convenience for up and coming Flash developers? Well convenience carries a pretty hefty price doesn’t it!So what is the driver for going out and purchasing this product? Well I can’t really think of a good one but would be more than happy to discuss any real advantages this product has with Macromedia in person and in depth. It comes as little shock that this product has not been a huge seller for Macromedia despite the upbeat enthusiasm of its members…….But back to the original question…THE LICENSING MODEL………Central should be FREE and I don’t say that with some open source “free products for all” hat on…..Applications that would come through Central would have been created by other Macromedia products….Therefore, to offer it as a free add-on would only serve to strengthen the sale of their other products in the marketplace…….Distributing an application to a 1000 users works out at an additional cost of circa $20,000 for the client…..Now a thousand users aint exactly an enterprise level volume so it a lot of money to be coughing up….So come on Macromedia tell me who this product is really aimed at???In closing I digress for a moment to point out that despite the fact that Macromedia are constantly pumping the “Rich Applications” experience there website isn’t exactly bristling with Flash is it!!!!
“What is the real value of this product”Very good question… it’s too secure to make killer-apps (as they call it) and the license-idea is a joke. Part of the Central-concept is really new, but so are “webservices” and “RIA”, but it ain’t really really new issit ? Those silly MM-people.
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