BLAiSE wrote:I think lot of "old" software are capable to do serious work.
The system and the software was almost flawless so I can't imagine at the time, what will be the next step, because with Toonz you were capable to do everything what was needed for traditional animation work. The software had all the features what we needed, it was well written optimized code, the workflow was fast and efficient on those 200-300MHz computers.
So they fucked up the whole thing, just as the XSI. (Although this was an independent coder division in Italy). Toonz 5.0 was a totally new ware with pure Windows only codebase, new user interface and full Flash support. It was slow (even with 1000 MHz processors), buggy, it had lost a lot of features (they added them one-by-one, slowly in the following ten years). This was my first encounter with the new era: the 21th century software development.
this is a great summary of what unfortunately happened way too often and still does happen.
the primary problem is that the companies need to continue selling stuff so when something has reached a state where it's just good as it is they can't just stop but have to find other ways of getting the bucks. often the next steps in such cases don't change things to the better.
also to blame however at least to some extend are the users. most people want something new regularly for no actual reason and the software companies fuel that of course by telling everyone that only the latest is the greatest and if you don't have that you suck
many times i've seen how people react if a certain program or hardware has reached its eol. some even panic and immediately start to frantically search for an alternative. if asked whether there's an actual need for an upgrade or whether there's something wrong with the current version they hold on for a second, start smiling and admit that actually there's no need right now