Correction: the app itself doesn’t appear to be free/open (which is fine, it’s still an indie app and that definitely counts) although the interface library and some other components appear to be.
I also just wrote an email to the author to both praise him for making what is one of the most gorgeous apps I’ve seen in a long while and to ask what his plans are for the future.
I‘d love to see, for example, some EU funding being used to contribute this to the commons.
@aral It's a bit more discriminatory. If you open the page with Safari, the only option is to buy the app. No editor. If you open the page with Chrome, it shows. That's kinda harsh, IMHO. Browser is browser. A website shouldn't reduce functionality just to sell the app. IMHO.
@aral And @T045T - the website promises "Boxy SVG project goal is to create the best tool for editing SVG files.[...] On any device and operating system." Which seems to really mean "ATM free for Chrome based browsers and Linux folks, Apple users please pay" - I am not saying it's wrong, but it does come over as misleading to me.
@jwildeboer @aral @T045T Hahaha, it is funny you take it as sarcasm while I'm genuinely pleased 🙂 Language, Emission, Reception, complicated... The more its foreign language, the more there are holes you can fall into. BTW, I still have all the SVGs that Bob Hopgood wrote by hand that crashed all the Adobe SVG software and were still conformant 😅
Now we have a nice format for vector graphics, which is an achievement. I want to thank Chris Lilley for his relentless support for SVG.
@jwildeboer @rigo @T045T Jan, it’s an indie app with no tracking or any other bullshit by a sole developer who is actually attempting to make a living from it (instead of, say, working at Google or Facebook during the day for a six figure salary and contributing to “open source” on the weekends) so I’m going to celebrate the shit out of it :)
(I also spoke with him over email yesterday & he’s anti-VC and said the only way he’d sell it is if it’s open sourced as part of the deal. Works for me.)
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