So, where do we go from here? A large portion of users have projects that use very popular and important 3rd party plugins. What “should have been done” and what was “actually done” is not a matter of debate. It seems like a ticking time-bomb before even more projects become un-openable.
Some options for the most popular plugins:
- Scirra adopts them as official plugins. Therefore maintaining compatibility.
- Provide C3 event/action coding that accomplishes the same result as the plugin. This seems cumbersome if even possible.
- Users volunteer to keep them maintained. This perpetuates the situation.
- Inexperienced programmers learn to code their own plugins. This is contrary to the accessibility of C3.
- Do nothing. Hope for continued compatibility.
If popular plugins become abandoned, how do we address this looming disaster? What is our work-around/solution?
Very worrisome indeed.
I actually have an application now that I'm building now. It uses some of Rex's plugins.
If this will prevent me from opening a project or just stops working without me being able to open it and at the very least remove it without completely trashing the project it will be a massive problem for me.
I mean we can't blame Rex, becasue he is doing it for free and fillign the gaps.
Seems one can remove the plugins to be certain, but that leaves a big draw for Construct...well, gone.
I think Scirra should seriously consider taking stock of some of the most used pluggins and build those type of functionality into C3. I mean seriously...Moveto?
Yes, the argument that "we can't build every plugin every user wants..." and "there will always be plugins that..."
I'm not saying that you should build in every single plugin, but surely we can tell what say the top 10 plugins used are? That will go a long way to maybe ease the reliance.
Maybe a prime time is to add these for the actual C3 runtime?
It's also like even though the community really wants something Scirra just actually spends time to convince us that it's not needed rather than thinking hey, yeah maybe a some of those functionality will be good to include.
I just don't know what Scirra is focusing on right now...it seems like (from a paying user's perspective anyway) that things are a bit of a mess. Like there has been a loss of focus or direction.
I really love Construct, it's a fun tool but the last few months I've been losing "faith" in Scirra tbh.
Not trying to be negative here but giving you feedback. I'm sure I'm not the only one.