Revolution 2.7.4 Released
luis at anachreon.co.uk
Sat Sep 23 19:16:03 EDT 2006
If you buy a car, you'd expect to have the indicators built-in, not
something that you'd have to buy from somewhere else afterwards.
Would you expect to have a safety belt built-in when you buy a car?
Well, originally the manufacturers said we should drive more
carefully, so there wasn't a need for them to do so.
If I then want to 'mod' my car, sure, that's an option: Funky paint
job, (cough...) aerodynamic fairings, blah blah blah. For that I'd
expect to pay extra.
From what I've read on Galaxy, yeah, I'd buy it if I see the need
for it in the future (still on the learning curve): It goes above
what is currently available in the built-in IDE, and you get to keep
the Lite version. I see no problem with that.
When it comes to the Animation plug-in, again, yes: Basic 2D control
is already in there, but I would have expected 3D to be in the dev
environment too. I mean, it's like getting a dev tool that you have
to buy the plug-in in order to control cursor position. I'd see basic
2D and 3D functionality as a built-in requirement (I shan't go into
audio.... :) I see these, maybe incorrectly, as additions because of
the additional functionality they provide.
But basic dev tool controls? Yes. Especially so in this day and age.
It's like the printers you buy nowadays: They don't include the
cable!!! Now, is that stupid? Maybe not for the manufacturer.
I can return the printer, can I return the dev tool?
You've invested time and money on something that you hope will bring
you returns (monetary or productivity or whatever).
I understand where some of you are coming from (it may not apply to
all!): It's the money. You want to do something and then you're told
that's gonna cost extra. With the basic tool availability you can
take steps towards that, and maybe then be able to invest in the
plugins, but without them it's like a strange limbo. I don't want to
sound as though I'm looking down, I'm one of the guys at the bottom.
And I got a hangnail on audio... (did I say that again? Dear me...).
There are different needs that a dev tool needs to cater for, and
following research, you go for the one that best fits your needs
(cough.. audio...) and then you strap yourself in to take the rough
with the smooth. It will never be a smooth ride whatever tool you
choose, but it can at least be less bumpy (Sorry, couldn't come up
with a crappier description...). But, and it's a big BUT, you'd
expect a certain level of facilities. What those are depends on many
things: Previous tool experience, personal proclivities (visual,
textual, etc) and tons of others.
So maybe we should gather up our thoughts and state what we'd expect
from a tool such as Revolution (I wonder how they're getting on at
the improve Revolution mailing list...).
Apologies if my thought seem a little disjointed, been up all night
messing about with audio (ouch!).
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