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Author Topic: grfx Product Proposal – Gecko – One Stock App for Entire Downloadable Industry  (Read 14535 times)

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« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2015, 17:42 »
I tried to find the grfx forum and I'm asked to login to Facebook. Having resisted Facebook and Photoshop CC may qualify me as an oddity, but if there is a non-Facebook grfx forum, could you post the link to it?

I don't remember how many times the Symbiostock and grfx changed their forum platforms, and am baffled by it, but am eternally thankful to MSG for their Symbiostock forum section which outlived the previously mentioned instances.



« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2015, 20:25 »
Right now its only here, facebook, and wordpress support (for the grfx wordpress plugin)

I'm currently creating intermediate build of grfx.co, more as a download and support center. Right now my main focus is on the products themselves.

If the votes reach 50 and it's a-go I will launch the intermediate site sooner than later.

On this subject, something worth noting:

I've abandoned the usual method of using wordpress for my support/distribution sites. Its getting old and annoying. :)

Consider this concoction:

+ grfx https://wordpress.org/plugins/grfx/
+ flattering pre-made theme.

There you have everything needed to run a money-making host-your-own network (New Symbiostock is built with the first 3) and anyone can do it given a single week.

The internet is changing and typical forum culture and even the nature of how we present a website will soon be revolutionized by the app-culture that is emerging. I don't want to get locked into these quickly-expiring technologies for the sake of a quick cash-grab.

For that reason I do not mind falling back on secondary mediums such as here, facebook, wordpress support, etc, while I build something appropriate for the times.

Thanks for your patience on it!

I hope these posts help inform everyone. A huge part of all of this is consciously evolving with the times and not staying with our comfort zone that is disappearing.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2015, 01:22 by ObviousTroll »

« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2015, 13:03 »
will the new system be open source? or at least have hooks that others can modify without having to redo after each update?

what is the migration path for symbiostock legacy systems?  besides the obvious conversion to the new system, there needs to be a way for existing links to remain live -- this could be a 'simple' as providing a redirect table.  thus image A10001 would now live in the new system as XYZ232, and any reference to the old url for A10001 would trigger a relay to the new url


« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2015, 15:56 »
Hi Cascoly, great to see you!

The client-side will not be open source, but the side that gets put online will be. That will also be loaded with pluggable areas for the purpose you mention. As with anything open source I create, I make it as easy as possible for developers like yourself to extend it through docs like these: http://grfx.co/docs/

I do not think I will be offering a converter this time around. I've built a few and not many people use them, so its more work than it's worth really. I think this system will be better enjoyed started from scratch.

Even still, I've proposed only to go forward with this if 50 positive votes are achieved by Wednesday -- it does not appear that will happen, thus freeing me to engineer it specificilly for the 3d industry - tech, cad, 3d printing, etc.


« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2015, 14:31 »
I will not be here Wednesday, so I'll call it now. 19 votes is not bad, but the quota I set was 50.

I believe it would be time better spent to develop this app more in the context of the 3d industry. Serving the broad "everything downloadable" spectrum might be nice, and serving microstockers might be more familiar territory, yet it might be simpler to continue to specialize in the areas where technology is seeing it's greatest progress and broadening from there.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

BTW - History shows microstock has happened before: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_mania

My father advanced in this company until it too was victimized by the technical revolution of it's time:

Its my personal hope that many like myself give up the debates of commission levels, industry exploitation, convoluted license schemes, and give things  a clear look.


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