Hi all there!
The title of this topic is almost completely self explanatory, I’d like to know something about the future of Natron, with particular regard to topic such as the roadmap and development updates.
I introduced myself in the forum some time ago and I said I would have been available to help the devs to support this project and maybe improve it by connecting with other Open Source software in order to create a fully Open media video creation pipeline.
I also sent a PV to the founders and main developers of Natron, telling them that I would have been more than happy to start contributing to the project, but I haven’t received anything back in more than 3 weeks.
I’ve read many topics here on the forum with proposals of features/improvements to add to Natron, both for this release and for the future ones.
I also read a very interesting and impressive topic on UI enhancements that might leverage the usability and appeal of the software.
But I’m not able to get any piece of news regarding the future of Natron! No updates on the development status, almost anything that might betray that the project is still in an “active” state.
The only thing I was able to find is this topic that simply states that unless we are able to show that Natron is used also in commercial application and provide some showcase the core team cannot attract any funders to continue the development.
I think that the community is very interested in such a project, since it is a very good piece of software and it might be a very good replacement for other compositing suite out there that are not going to give the user such a level of freedom, customisability and community help. It is also free and open source, and I think we should defend this kind of project, both from a final user and a dev user point of view.
Is there anyone capable of proving such information on the future of the project? Is the roadmap still in progress? Is the main issue related with lack of proper financial aid or it is more about the core devs working on other projects?
I’d like to make this topic a way for the community to start thinking about how and wheater it is necessary or not to keep the project going and maybe help to achieve some interesting and still needed achievements, like a working 3D space, maybe some Deep Compositing capabilities, UI improvements and better integration with other FOSS projects, like Shotcut (or any other NLE), Blender, Audacity/Ardour and the Apertus/OpenCine project.
Let me know what you think, then! I can’t wait to see what we will come out with!