At long last our very Harry J. F. has replied, so let me once more take the time to have a look at Universe.
Much of your criticism is speculation. If you are right, then you can place a big fat “I TOLD YOU SO” banner on your site. But, we aren’t there yet. So, I can’t really comment. I don’t see us running out of steam, ideas or falling short on our commitment to update Universe frequently.
Care to invite me into your private Beta? Can’t quite well complain about me speculating and not give me the good stuff. You know, just being miffed about me being cynical won’t do anything to change my opinion. But then again I forget that I got kicked out of Red Giant Betas too many times and nobody there loves me… *lol*
Speaking as Mr Harry J Frank and not Red Giant, Knoll Light Factory is pretty terrible. It is John Knoll’s tool and he simply didn’t opt to update it in time. When it got updated, he wasn’t really driving the bus. It’s old code, old ideas and would need to start from scratch to be great.
Just as much as it is about the technical underpinnings it’s about lack of commitment. To me it’s as easy as that. You know, in those 7 years where they were “sitting it out” they could have developed their own plug-in and called it Harry’s Fancy Lens Flare Thingy without even bothering about Knoll anymore.
But someone already did that, and it is called Optical Flares. I use it. I was even on the beta team.
I was there, too. Some presets in there even carry my name.
But really, picking on one plugin out of all of the plugins isn’t really that fair. Or “some of the other plugins” which I am sure you mean ToonIt (which was totally re-written) or Holomatrix (which has never even existed as a plugin.) Really, you are getting hung up on 3 plugins. It’s like you WANT to hate before learning about it, as you haven’t actually mentioned any specific plugins aside from Red Giant’s oldest plugin, ever. Really, just relax and give it time.
Fair enough, but at least grant me that one: Why even dilute the concept of Universe (in a technical sense) with these old buggers? You could have rebuilt them Universe-native in due course and that would probably have made much more sense in the long run.
I’d rather you tell me that my Chromatic Glow, or Diffuse Glow or GloFi, or Glass Displacement, or RGB Displacement suck. That would at least be fair. And it would be constructive, too. And yes, version 1.1 will have another glow.
Ooooh, you really wouldn’t want that…
Beyond that, I don’t have any planned. So, you can relax about my lame glow effects after that, or that they will be flooding your inbox each month.
I’m sure you’ll come up with something…
As for the dev tool: keep in mind that this public beta. Supernova isn’t public RIGHT NOW.
Which, of course, ultimately is my point. Why even reveal that it exists when you don’t plan on giving power to the people right know and the other half don’t care ? That’s like those people boasting about some cool internal VFX tool on “making ofs” on movies and then giving you a “No, we can’t show it. It’s all super secret.” You’ll have to live with me being pesky about it if and until you really let it out for people to try and by that I don’t mean to wait another 2 years…