What? A librarian?
As you may have heard, we have been planning to develop a preset librarian for our TimeLine delay. The goal of the project is to allow users to connect their TimeLine to a computer and organize and back up presets.
First, an apology.
We recently posted a video on our Facebook page that showed an incomplete development version. Since then we have come to realize that our approach of building a proprietary, closed system was flawed. We also may have raised your expectations as to when software would be available. We always do our best to exceed the expectations of our customers, and in this case we did not. And for that we apologize.
Ok, so what’s next?
Instead of developing a closed, proprietary design—or software that we would potentially need to charge money for—we have opted to move forward with a new project utilizing an open platform. While this may cause a delay as we change direction, we feel in the long run it will offer more benefits over the version that we abandoned.
An open design.
As you may know, many preset librarians are proprietary systems. Some of these are not well supported, and never evolving. Many of them are not extendable to take advantage of new technology. By going with an open platform, users can get exactly what they want by interfacing directly with open source developers. And if you are technically savvy, you can customize for your own purposes and share the results with others.
Here’s the plan.
Within the coming weeks, we will be providing a core foundation that open source developers will be able to build upon. This early version will be for developers and coders, and will allow very basic command line preset management. If you’re a code monkey, this is the platform you’ll be able to start with to develop your own custom librarian.
Within the coming months, we will be working with an open source developer that has committed to building in additional features and providing a preset librarian that can be used by everyone. The plan is for his version to work on Mac and PC—and will work with both TimeLine and Mobius.
We are very excited about the possibilities of shifting the librarian to an open platform— and we hope you are too. Ultimately, going open will allow all sorts of customization, and can open up the door to new ideas one might not even imagine possible. We appreciate your patience as we change direction here. Keep an eye on our blog— we will post updates on our progress and software downloads when they are available.
UPDATE – April 8, 2013:
We planned on first releasing a developer version of the librarian in a command line format. Now, as useful as this will be for code monkeys and programmers, we felt that we simply couldn’t release something that every TimeLine and Mobius customer could not use right from the get go. So we decided to take it several steps further and ensure that this first offering has a simple and easy to use user interface that everyone can take advantage of.
We still intend on releasing this librarian as an open platform and because of this, various research needs to be done to ultimately decide which code licensing makes the most sense for us and to our developer level customers. We are actively researching all of our options.
Thanks again for being patient with us while we work on getting this out to you. We will continue to post updates on our progress as it’s made.
UPDATE – May 22, 2013:
We’re just a few days away!
UPDATE – May 29, 2013:
Click here for information on the recently released developer’s edition.