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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Donald, you have a good point about the beta going to the convention people first. I was worried about that at the time.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    This quote from Novabrain back in 2003 is the right idea IMO:
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    Feel free to comment on this idea. So far, the thrid-party extension developers have been doing a great job and providing amazing power to users. Never before has there been any organized effort concerning extensions. Of course, participation is optional, but we certainly hope to make this focus of talent worthwhile and stimulating if we can. Of course, you will be entitled to free versions of MMF II, access to any new SDK's, and of course, your share of profits from the compilations. As you may know, Clickteam is encouraging these disks, and the developers, by only recouping the costs of production, so the profit is yours, collectively.[/]

    Why not sell the packs and split the money between devs respectively? Free work has a habbit of not being able to maintain itself forever...

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Many things will be changing on the way extension programmers are interacted with and contracted for in regards to bonus pack extensions and access to private information.

    Most of the changes are to reward developers for their work and give them increased recognition for their work. (To include financial incentives)

    A few smaller changes to protect Clickteam from financing code going directly into competing software products.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Clickteam would prefer to:
    Purchase outright extensions to put in an official bonus pack.

    We have not really wanted to sell bonus packs of extensions or graphics <img src="/center/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

    I would rather just give them away to all the users of MMF at no additional charge. With the experience of our userbase they do not react well to additional purchases and its just a hassle.

    Now on the flip side:
    If a developer wanted to market an extension themselves Clickteam would certainly give them full access to the userbase.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Ah yes, but the problem is the money there to do so?

    CT have said themselves in the past that they are unable to purchase every extension. Why would it be fair for some devs to get paid for their work and not others? That would just serve to create a divide, and make devs unsure if the work they are investing into an extension would even be reimbursed by CT.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    IMO $40 isn't enough to purchase the rights to an extension that in some instances can take months of work. It would take 5-10 times that amount to adequately purchase an extension.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Perhaps the answer is for Clickteam to concentrate on quality rather than quantity. ie develop the ideas most likely to appeal to the most users.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    Unfortunately there is no right and wrong answer in this subject really.

    Firstly, as extension developers the options are.

    1. Try and sell the extension yourself, of course we would help market it on CTs website/Mailshot.
    2. Release an extension for free (which lots of people do without any input from CT)
    3. CT trys where possible and pays towards development or full development (but can only do this for limited extensions) and not all. Unfortunately CT isnt a cash cow where it can pay for all extension development.

    So though I appreciate that you wouldnt develop an extension for $40.. but its not meant to replace the development cost in most cases its meant as a gesture to those people who are developing extensions out of the kindness of their own hearts, as a bit of a sweetner.

    As i said there is no right or wrong answer.

    All we can do is try and make the situation better where possible.

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    Re: Note: The meaning and ramifications of the NDA

    I'd say that if you've spent several months on development, and are getting very positive feedback from the forum - go for it. Try selling it via CT.

    You will need some way of guaranteeing support for it in years to come though.

    What's the worst that can happen? Insufficient users buy it to adequately recompense your efforts. If this happens, but the extension is good and stable - it could still go in a bonus pack at a later date.

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