[clug] Updated version of VICI

Brenton Ross rossb at fwi.net.au
Sat May 5 04:01:36 UTC 2018

On Sat, 2018-05-05 at 13:15 +1000, Bryan Kilgallin via linux wrote:

> Thanks, Brenton:
> > I know
> > from bitter experience that there is almost no point in asking users
> > what they want unless they have something concrete in front of them.
> What about some kind of mock-up?
> {A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or 
> images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion 
> picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. The 
> storyboarding process, in the form it is known today, was developed at 
> Walt Disney Productions during the early 1930s, after several years of 
> similar processes being in use at Walt Disney and other animation studios.}
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storyboard
> -- 
> members.iinet.net.au/~kilgallin/

I considered that option when I was starting out on this project. It was
the first question i was asked when I announced it.
It is a valid option when you can sit down with the user in a one-on-one
or small group setting. I've done this to good effect in a corporate

Perhaps some sort of animation or YouTube video could have been
prepared, but I have serious doubts that anyone would have shown any

Another problem with this approach is that it can generate expectations
which I cannot meet. I first announced this project in April 2014. Any
potential users would not have been happy to wait 5 years for the
results. It could have been developed much quicker (18 months or so)
with enough developers, but it is also the case that experienced
developers tend to only join projects that have something concrete.

VICI has another problem when it comes to attracting experienced
developers. Its target market is the novice user - exactly the people
that are unable to help develop the program. I hope to change this a bit
with release 12 which will provide some tools for writing multi-threaded
scripts - something the more advance users might find tempting.


More information about the linux mailing list