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what goes up...
thanks evvvveryone for tuning in again to this years numbertalk where we talk about the numbers you left with vvvv in 2017. what the numbers? well, in case you're new to this and if you have a minute i'd like to recommend you take a look back at the 2016 numbers before reading on.
everytime you hit on vvvv.org you leave an invisible trace that shows us where you're coming from. and last year, i have to say, you really changed:
|germany (+)||16.99%||germany (+)||17.02%||germany (-)||13.81%||germany (+)||13.85%||germany (-)||12.35%||germany (+)||13.94%|
|usa (-)||10.72%||usa (-)||9.87%||usa (+)||10.74%||usa (+)||10.90%||usa (+)||11.76%||usa (-)||9.81%|
|uk (-)||6.31%||russia (+)||5.78%||russia (+)||7.39%||china (+)||5.44%||japan (+)||4.85%||india(+)||5.94%|
|russia (+)||4.98%||uk (-)||5.64%||uk (-)||5.37%||russia (-)||4.77%||russia (-)||4.67%||china(+)||5.15%|
|italy (+)||4.97%||france (+)||4.93%||japan (+)||4.85%||japan (-)||4.76%||uk (=)||4.51%||japan(-)||4.25%|
|france (-)||4.92%||italy (-)||4.56%||france (-)||4.12%||uk (-)||4.51%||china (-)||4.26%||uk(-)||4.18%|
my best guess about what we see here is you've all been on a sabbatical in india to relax a bit but then still couldn't help it and checked the forum every five minutes for whats going on. fair enough.. already in 2016 india was going up 12% compared to the year before and now it got another 40% boost landing it on spot 3 tightly followed by china who got a 21% boost this past year. are we conquering new markets there without knowing it? on the other hand rather sad to see russia dropping out of the ranks for the first time...что случилось?
despite the big shift in accessing countries it seems the number of unique visitors is relatively stable the past three years:
* includes hacker-news incident'
this is also confirmed by the number of daily forum posts as you can see below which even received quite a visible bump at the end of 2016 when we installed the new forum:
* x86 and x64 combined
significantly more releases but not significantly more downloads than in the year before...whats going on here? lets have a look at the
oha...this is setting us back to figures of 2013. ahm, lets have a closer look at the numbers that tell us how many different countries and companies licenses have been bought from:
huh...so while obviously vvvv is slowly spreading over the whole world as you can see by the sharp rise in the number of countries, i'm afraid i find it really hard to argue an increase in the number of individual customers over the past three years. how are politicians doing this?
so where exactly are we loosing it? let's have a look at the number of licenses sold per country. germany and uk: booh. but then who would have thought? is america really great again? and what is going on in the state of denmark?
|austria||3%||russia||2.5%||aut, aus, usa||4.22%||austria||3.22%||switzerland||1.5%||russia||2.6%|
|spain||2%||france||2.5%||russia, norway, czech||2.8%||russia||2.93%||France||1.6%||denmark||2%|
so..where were we? ah..numbers?! all pointing down, bohoo...but really, all of them? well there is at least one i know of that has been going up continuously since vvvvs inception. i'm afraid i don't have a graph for it, so you'll have to trust me on this one: it is our spirits.
we're sitting here, day in, day out and have the privilege to invent the future of programming for you. and the sheer amout of work we put into this uncertain endeavor over the past years is finally starting to pay off. not financially (see above) but...functionally. we're using vl on a daily basis with a joy that only compares to the very early years of vvvv. after which we found all it's problems and started to tinker about how a new system would look and feel like that doesn't have all of vvvvs limitations. and it is here now. at your finger-tips. embedded into your favorite multipurpose toolkit, making it an unrivvvvaled tool (citation needed!) at your disposal. today.
switch to an alternate universe where for the past ~five years we struggled with the horrors of cross-compiling vvvv to mac and linux and started implementing a new render engine in opengl only to learn of that new thing called vulkan halfway through, where we are still fighting with random crashes due to quantum threading effects with our attempt to multi-thread the existing vvvv core and where that dump guy is still POTUS...
i don't get a clear reception of our spirits and the license-numbers from over there but what i do see is a rather conservative visual programming environment with more problems at hand but not standing out so much compared to similar products.
... say what? enough with the sermon, where is the bling!? ok. so at the same time that others set the industry standards in realtime 3d rendering, we chose to work on the standards for visual programming: object-oriented, multi-threaded, with one-click library import, generics, delegates, interfaces and so much more.
and now, obviously, we have to do the ketchup with the rest of the best. 2d- and 3d-rendering and asset management, audio-video playback, computer-vision, 2d- and 3d-physics, editing and ui-framework, timeliner, automata,... are still missing. so you see we're not going to get bored anytime soon. but since most of the hard parts are now done, we're really looking forward to those!
what an exciting cliffhanger concluding the season of 2017...make sure not to miss any episodes in the coming season, you can subscribe here.
we wish an exceptionally great 2018 to all of you who've been with us over the years, to those who are new and even to those who didn't buy a license last year, you'll come to reason...
previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in November 2017
happy new patcherpeople,
in case you haven't noticed, 2017 has passed without the release of beta36. booohh..i know, this wasn't our intention but you know, good things... and on the other hand you can say it is practically already there: please check our beta36 release candidate and report your final findings!
and if you didn't dare yet to touch vl, here is a soft way to get started: lean back and watch this series of videos to understand that using the basics of vl is quite similar to using vvvv, only that once you get there, it has so much more potential...
...still two more to come to cover only the absolute basics and get you up to speed. yes still no rendering of any sorts, but we're working on that...
regarding the promised major new feature of using .NET libraries, here is a quick example of using the bulletsharp physics library in vl without the need to write a single line of code: Doing Bullet3d with vl
starting now, follow @vvvvAcademy
|Some new stuff:||and two updates:|
that was it for december. anything to add? please do so in the comments!
Here are two new little features we want to make sure you're aware of. Not completely finished but already helpful:
Note how the Quad (topleft) indicates run/pause. Tremendous you say? Indeed, but beware the following caveats for now:
Still you'll see that in cases where you're looking for a logical problem in your patch it is already useful to be able to step through its execution one frame at a time to better understand how it is evolving.
This can be useful when you're on a debugging spree and expect an error to happen at some point. Activate this option to be brought to the point where the error occurred, the moment it happened. Saves you some navigation and highlights the nodes involved leading up to the error. Again press F6 to step or try F5 to get the patch running again after you solved the problem.
Caveat: Look closely, the error message in the tooltip actually belongs to the Add of the Dictionary. The reason for that is code-optimization which sometimes leads to the error-indicator being one node off. A setting to disable code-optimization is pending..
As mentioned, both features are not finished but are a first step into the direction of better debugging support. Still more to come..
previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in October 2017
dear patchers worldwide,
another month has passed without us releasing the long promised beta36. reason: the things we've planned for it to include, are not finished yet. as mentioned previously the main focus of this release is to get the workflow right, for using/wrapping external .NET libraries in vl. people using latest alphas already have the possibility to do so. basically any .NET library can now be used in vl directly via drag'n'drop. this is huge and on the other hand feels so natural that it is also not a big deal and will and should be taken for granted from now on. when developing plugins for vvvv was still kind of a pro-thing, even though we had easy dynamic plugins, it is now a no-brainer with vl and i predict that everyone will do it casually at some point. so again, please test with latest alphas and report your findings in the chat or on the forum (with tag "alpha"). thanks for the more and more vl-related issues there and on the chat recently!
looking for a vvvv job in london? have a look at this fine offer by YR!
dominikKoller is doing it again! coming january there'll be another vvvv beginners course at our office in berlin. please help us promoting the course by spreading the following two blog-posts that include all the necessary informations:
No big drop this time, but still some updates:
And i posted a work-in-progress or more a proof-of-concept for an InputMapper in VL.
happy to see the first two big recent works being powered by vl:
and two more classic vvvv projects:
Good stuff as always in the teasers:
that was it for november. anything to add? please do so in the comments!
If you're writing your own dynamic plugins in C#, we got something for you! If not, still read on, so yo know, just in case..
The C# language is evolving all the time with nifty features. In order to be able to use those, you need a suitable compiler that understands those. So far, the C# compiler included with vvvv only supported language features of C# versions lower than 6. But no more:
So get yourself a fresh alpha now and do yourself a favor by using those new language features.
Deadline for scholarship applications: Dezember 14th
Frankfurt/Berlin based NSYNK have been power users and great supporters of vvvv ever since. Have a look at their website to see some of their latest spectacular augmented reality projects: http://nsynk.de/projects
Please help us spread the word and tell a friend!
When Wed, Jan 3rd 2018 - 09:00 until Wed, Jan 10th 2018 - 20:00
Where vvvv Praxis Berlin, Oranienstrasse 10, Berlin, Germany
here it is, the second edition of vvvv Academy!
Here's all the info:http://vvvv.academy/winter-course.html
It will be more compact than the Summer Course - 6 full days, with lectures and patching sessions. Starting January 3rd.
We will once again be in the vvvv developer's office in Berlin - where else would you want to learn vvvv?
Also, we'll have less people - a group of 6 this time, so we can have an even more focused learning environment.
Get in touch via
Best from the rainy UK
previously on vvvv: vvvvhat happened in September 2017
what a month!
you may want to make yourself comfortable before diving into this. summertime is over and everyone is back patching in their cavvvves. a lot of beautiful things happened in the past month. here we go:
our main focus is still getting beta36 out, which will include the new and trivl way to develop nodes for vl as already mentioned here last time. just still not happy with all the details. we'll get there eventually.. but meanwhile also a few other things happened that are ready for you to test in latest alphas:
woei once again went totally overboard with 3 new contributions:
tobyk shares two of his developments powered by vl:
also a large number of great projects this time. keep them coming!
and a new twitter user to follow: vvvvmotions
a couple of interesting teasers...
and some vvvv action coming up:
enough already. anything to add? please do so in the comments!
When Thu, Nov 2nd 2017 until Sat, Nov 4th 2017
Where Theater of Namur, Brussles, Belgium
Two of the workshops are using vvvv:
Also check the full program of the festival including conferences, exhibitions, installations, parties,...looks like something we shouldn't miss..
the avvvvid visitor of our website has noticed some changes the other days. Here is a list of what we did and why:
Over 3 years ago we started an experiment by introducing flattr to vvvv.org. It allowed you to show your appreciation towards other users contributions via a microdonation. Admittedly our use-case was never the original intention of flattr and they made this clear by their recent rework which broke our integration on vvvv, hence we had to remove it.
My conclusion for the experiment: you tried it in the beginning but after about the first 1.5 years your interest in it was lost. I'm sure we could have kept that interest up by promoting it more, which just didn't feel right after flattr announced upcoming changes to their model already a long time ago. So let's see what the future brings in regards to microdonations..and of course everyone please don't forget about the Store! One more thing we can reveal: Over the years vvvv.org has earned 308,88€ through your flattrs for which we cannot be grateful enough. Dankeschön!
As asked for by power translator sebescudie users who are part of the "translator" group can now create private pages to prepare their translations and only publish them when they are finished.
Also we finally have a page that beautifully lists all foreign language pages? with a hint as to whether they might need to be updated in regards to the english original. So if anyone fancies cleaning up some of the translations, it is now easier than ever. Here is how.
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