If anyone has heard of kickstarter, what if that were applied to Adobe CS features?
1. someone posts a feature request for everyone to see,
2. people can promise to give 'x amount' of money to adobe if that feature is included in the next CS release,
3. if enough money is allocated for Adobe to justify developing that feature, it gets included in the next CS release,
4. if that feature is not included in the next CS release, everyone gets their money back.
what do you think?
I actually think it is a very good idea. I will say, the "money back" part I think is probably impossible, whether it's Adobe or ABC Startup Company.
Even as a very good idea, I agree that it's unlikely to happen. First, I really doubt enough people would be willing to participate to get anything done. Most desirable features (not talking about any bugs) are things that cost tens of thousands of dollars or more, so even if 20,000 people were willing to pledge an average of $5 for some Premiere Pro feature, it might not be enough anyway to justify the development. And getting 20,000 editors to agree on the actual specs for almost anything is highly unlikely.
I definitely see the potential in your idea, just don't think it would work in this case. Good for you thinking that up.
What do you think about Adobe providing a list of features they are considering implementing in the next CS, and allowing people to vote for free? People could vote up their most desirable features and vote down features they think are bad or a waste of time.
As a user, I think it's a great idea. I know for a fact that Adobe does some more in-depth surveying of video editors to determine what the general feel is for prospedtive features/workflows. However, it probably puts Adobe folks in a rather uncomfortable position if you tell them "hey, you've got to put this in there because EVERYONE voted for it!" and then they find out there are reasons not to, or reasons to wait until a future version.
Well, I'll pony up US$ 50 to have a full-compliment of Alignment & Distribution Tools added to Titler, like in PS, or AI. That has been a Feature Request of mine, since PrPro 1.0. OH WAIT! They added that in PrPro CS5. I want my $ 50 back!!!!!!!
Sounds like a worthy idea, but also see several stumbling blocks in the road.