Yeah, I kind of feel like that here sometimes. @dismine & <Valentinausername withheld by request> basically hijacked this project away from all the people who have contributed and worked on it for years, implying that the only person who counted here was @dismine.
Case in point:
Earlier this year when @dismine refused to allow one of the world’s experts in 3D formats to work on Valetina’s 3D export feature, he knew I needed it to feed into my software. Here’s a demo video of what Jasna Rok, XMG, and I unveiled during Berlin Fashion Week: (EpicModeVR) It’s a shame, because everyone in Berlin loved it and wanted it right away! I think @dismine argued with me to shut me down, so that I couldn’t make any money, even though I was offering to pay him for Valentina development similar to <Valentinausername withheld by request>. When I asked him if he liked my work he said he didn’t like it. And from that point afterward, he was rude and ugly to me in almost every email exchange. I just thought he was being a little more grumpy than usual, apparently it was deeper than that. It’s a shame he has this response to the work of others, because @dismine and I (plus @MrDoo, and every patternmaker on this forum) could be making some serious money,
<Valentinausername withheld by request> wouldn’t have to continue to pay for the features he wants, we could hire people to code the issues (under @dismine’s supervision), @dismine could work on his sister’s patternmaking business so that it rocks and is globally important, and @MrDoo could be making some serious cash too, as EpicMode would drive demand to this global level. Valentina patternmakers would be in demand, and could be earning good income. And the 3D character developers who want to generate clothing by using Valentina would have the quick workflow they want. Everyone would have what they wanted, including @dismine!!! All we needed were two features first to have a good 3D file export - 1.) DXF-AAMA export ensures that the output is usable and directly related to what is seen in VR 2.) Passmarks defined as matching pairs, similar to home sewing tissue patterns, so the pieces can be sewn together in 3D. Roman had huge arguments with me about these features, plus his argument with Kim Kulling over the 3D export feature. Roman doesn’t care about anyone making money from this project, apparently he is the only one who should benefit, plus a few specially chosen users like <Valentinausername withheld by request>
More data to prove this point, three years ago:
MTailor wanted a command line feature, and Roman said no. So MTailor made a fork of the code (because they were making patterns by hand at the time, and wanted to use Valentina, so they took it and we got nothing.) So I then hired someone from Upwork to do it because I figured it would be useful later on for automated online catalog sales (eg Roman’s sister’s patternmaking business) but not in time for MTailor to decide to spend their massive investment money on Valentina. And there have been several other examples of companies contacting us, but Roman’s response was typically to become disgruntled and disdainful, so they went away.
At any rate, there are many good programmers (some on this forum) who are not so emotional. Patience and respect is a virtue, even in business, and in software development. It’s unfortunate to have to provide more and more details about this situation, but people have more and more questions. At this point, everyone is facing the dilemma of deciding what to do for the future. I don’t typically promote drama by repeating what happened, which is why initially I was terse about the details. Perhaps that wasn’t the best response regarding clarity and future viability, but it kept the drama to a minimum.