MichaelBenjamin wrote:i just looked at the flowstone forum and its still empty. i dont know how an active community correlates to the sucess of a software, but i cant deny a special relationship, (look at the reaper forum for example). so if anything with sm on hold since a year(?) and this forum slowly drying out i only can point this out to maybe give some obviously needed initiative on the developers side again. and no marketing please. best would be some words from malc to clear things up.
I know of a company that has well over a million users and their forums have like 700 members..It depends on the software, if the software is something where the user would need support in a direct way, then the forum will be busy. If it something where the software really does not need any support then the forum will be a lot less busy..
Having said that, yes FS would be something where the user would need direct support, so, it does paint a bit of a picture, but then again, there is also the difference between a social based software and a "work related" software. FS would definitely fall under the work related category, and what that means is, if you work all day programming machines, the last thing you're gonna do is go hang out at a forum and talk about it..
I used to be heavily involved in developing Industrial Automation software. When I saw that Outsim was getting involved in that, my initial thought was, yep, that would work extremely well, good call. Then I thought back to when I was in it and my next thought was better them than me..Its a really tough go especially when most hardware manufacturers have their own proprietary development environments.