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Indication needed that rendering is in progress. #383
There's no indication that rendering is is being done unless you happen to have started synfigstudio from a terminal and can watch output to stdout/stderr go past.
There needs to be a way to know when a render is complete when launched from synfigstudio.
Synfig Studio 1.0.2 on Ubuntu 16.04.2 GNOME
We do not have donate wall - on our download page it is clearly indicated that you can enter "zero" in the price field to get a binary build for free. Also, anonymous download link is provided.
So, no wall - it is free for anyone who is able to read. ^__^
Having this suggestion to donate on the download page allows us to keep two developers contributing regularly to Synfig code. I invite you to check commits activity here and here to see the impact they do.
Regarding paid tutorials - yes, we do have one paid training video course (translated in several languages), which also helps to pay for efforts of our main developers. For those who do not want to get a paid course we have free tutorials and manual pages here - https://wiki.synfig.org/Category:Manual
Again, it is free for anyone who is able to read. ^__^
Blender is also free, but is not so agressive to ask for donations….
(just some positive feedback on how it looks/feels from a 'customer' side, you guys do great work anyway!)
(maybe this can be another discussion. Let's go again on topic)
Blender had a massive community before it even become open-source, which paid a huge amount to make it free. Synfig's community is much smaller and didn't had that. We adopt some strategies from Blender (like selling tutorials - they do so via Blender cloud), but simple copy-monkey approach not always works, especially considering that Synfig lags ~5 years behind Blender.
I am contributing to Synfig since 2007 and tried various approaches already. In 2013-2014 I was running a crowdfunding campaigns every month to keep just one developer working on Synfig. That was exhausting and haven't allowed me to do any other things to keep project growing. With payments via donations page we have a regular flow of donations, which allows us to concentrate our limited resources on making the software better.
I understand your rant, but at the moment this is exact thing which allows project to survive and leaves resource for growing. ^__^