I do also agree with the long wishlists in the posts above, however, I am not disappointed at all with what we’ve got so far and got with the 1.7 release.
It’s like LumaFusion is trying to fly before it can crawl. Multi selection/cut/paste, timeline markers, cutting while playing; these are the most basic things that just have to be there before before things like storyblocks, title templates or external drive support.
Knowing that it will be many months until the next release, I have officially given up on LF and going back to FCP. I’ll check back in a year or so :/
It seems to me like you’re offering your girlfriend a vacation to a place of her choice for her upcoming birthday and you are then being disappointed because she chose a destination you don’t like at all. You are pissed off and tell her you’re gonna leave her now
Software development in a small team with very limited resources is a very subtle thing. You have to maintain a delicate balance between accommodating your current customer base and at the same time attracting new potential customers by showing off that development is going forward and not stuck.
You have to maintain a delicate balance of features for the ‘quickies’ - who just don’t wanna fiddle around too long at editing but rather get an immediate result for sharing, with pre-cooked templates, music, video blocks instead of having to go someplace else for finding the limited ingredients they need - and the more ‘pro’ users who are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for plug-ins or subscription models on their desktops but complain about an average $15 one-off price tag for mobile apps because they are gonna use it ‘only’ occasionally anyways - as a fun gimmick when on the road - because of an iPad not being ‘pro’ enough for some serious work anyways, like their beefy set-up at home.
Remember - we are talking ‘mobile’ here and the majority of users are these quickies. Luma knows that! And we know that and can adjust our expectations to that fact. Your girlfriend wasn’t rich when you decided to date her. So don’t hold that against her now - you knew in the first place where you were buying into...
All the other companies out there know that too, even the big players. But has anyone yet invested in a pro video solution for iPads. No! Even if every new iPad iteration seems to top out even more laptops and desktops in terms of performance no one is willing to fully commit to ‘mobile’ - because of this ‘all mobile apps should be free’ attitude these days. You already have luxuriously invested in a $2000 tablet that you don’t consider as a replacement for your computer anyways, so why even pay for some decent applications on top of that.
Don’t tell me now that you are willing to pay decent money, because the majority of users won’t. They either don’t need advanced features or have already invested in a ‘pro’ system on another platform.
And I don’t blame you for that but rather Apple who forced as into that model, leading to a culture that leaves no place for big style development for the average developer who wants to make a living with mobile application coding.
So my point here being that - I am pretty confident that the folks at Luma are spotting very carefully what’s going on in the big world around them and will be adapting the pace of their business plan according to their findings and their experience.
The mobile iPad world is just simply not ready yet for the ‘pro’ market. Not because of its ‘incapability’ but rather of the mind-set of its users which is far away from a ‘pro’ mind-set when it comes down to business...
As always - no offense intended at all - just my 2 cents...