Re: [PanoToolsNG] IPIX is history
- A couple of years ago they offered an alternative licensing scheme
that didn't involve individual pano payments. But yes, if anyone has
an older version of the software I imagine that they are now up a
smelly river without means of locomotion...
On 1 Aug 2006, at 09:46, Nick Crossland wrote:
> As I understood it, the software business model was built around users
> purchasing license 'credits' - e.g. to make one pano, you had to
> buy one
> With no one to buy credits off, does this mean that the Ipix
> software is now
- I believe they stopped this a while ago. They have been offering their
software as an anual subscription, as many panos as you can make. What
happens when the year is up I don't know.
They still haven't mentioned anything on the website. Its possible
bankruptcy means they can continue trading so the profitable pano bit
may limp on for a while. I understand it had very large margins, over
50% and still a couple of million in revenue a year, though probably
not much future. Maybe realviz of someone will buy it up.
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "Nick Crossland"
> As I understood it, the software business model was built around usersone credit.
> purchasing license 'credits' - e.g. to make one pano, you had to buy
> With no one to buy credits off, does this mean that the Ipixsoftware is now useless?
- Only one programmer is needed to improve a viewer and to continue its
development. Ipix was a company with the resources and economical
capacity to do it. Then, why was not Ipix viewer improved for years? I
think, Ipix was only speculation.
- Microsoft seem to be doing a lot of stuff with panoramic photography (both
from a consumer perspective, e.g. Photosynth) and corporate (I saw a demo of
their 360 degree video conferencing). They might well have the business need
and deep enough pockets to pick up a lot of Ipix's IP.
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