LiveCode for the Hobbyists

Roland Huettmann roland.huettmann at
Fri Feb 26 16:45:26 EST 2016

The disussion comes from
 (taken from: Players in HTML5 - ETA for Full Functionality?)

Dirk Prive:

"I think the lack of interest in supporting the hobby programmers will hurt
the company in the not too distant future. As a hobby user myself I have
paid for a license for a long long time. "

 "Ok, since I see that my point was hard to understand, I'll try to make it
bit more clear."

I would be willing to pay about 300$/year to have a hobby programming tool.
I think that is good money the company could use. I don't expect some pro
features, for instance HTML, iOS,.."

... and following discussion


I think the discussion turned a bit off-subject in the "Re: Players in
HTML5 - ETA for Full Functionality?" thread.

Why would it not be a nice idea to have another option for 10-20 dollars a
month for all those who can not afford the Indy license because either they
do not need it, or / and it is too much for a hobby - which is

Maybe there could be some continued benefit attached to such small but
ongoing monthly payments? Here there is usually no need for a
code-protected version. Benefits could be something different.

The bigger question remains, how to support LiveCode to grow to where it
wants to be?

I like the idea better to receive 10 dollars a month from 10,000 users
compared to receiving 1,000 dollars a year from 100 users. But that could
all be segmented and be very transparent and easy to understand for
everyone, so both concepts could work hand-in-hand.

And who is not paying 10 dollars for a nice cake?

Why was something like "Skype" not made using LiveCode? ))) There are
products out in the market making money - even without nasty ads popping up
all the time.

Or there could just be one big company paying for a single continued ad
(placed without obstructing) sponsoring LiveCode to grow fast and above
limits. (There are dozens of ideas here.) I think LiveCode could qualify.
And when I look at all the super multi millions of dollars spent for crazy
ads then this could also be a good investment for a selected advertiser.
Sponsoring does not have to be annoying and would be very effective for
both sides and us.

I am just trying to think out of the box.

How would LiveCode grow fast enough? By itself? Just because it is a nice
fun product for us users, hobbyists, students, and developers? Is it enough
looking around watching a rough sea?


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