About the 2014 Crowdfunding for Open Source

As you may remember, back in 2014 we did a crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo platform to release jv16 PowerTools as open source software.

Long time after the crowdfunding campaign to make jv16 PowerTools open source has been closed, we still occasionally receive questions about it and there seems to be some confusion. For this reason, we would like to answer few of the most common questions and concerns regarding it.

If you don’t know what crowdfunding campaign we are talking about, you can skip this page.

To download the latest version of jv16 PowerTools: https://www.macecraft.com/download/

This is the campaign video that we used in 2014 in an attempt to finance our initiative to release jv16 PowerTools as open source software for both personal and commercial use.

Here is a brief overview:

During the years in which we have developed jv16 PowerTools, we have received a wide array of suggestions and feedback from our users and customers.

One of such suggestion was to make the software open source. Open source software means that the software’s source code, or it’s blue print of exactly how it works, is public allowing anyone with the required skills to make improvements and bug fixes to the software.

Most of the Internet today is working on open source software, and most likely you are reading this text right now using an open source web browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Chromium.

However, jv16 PowerTools is a quite large software with many different modules, some of which we did not develop ourselves.

For example, many parts of the user interface use commercial components developed by other companies, from which we have licensed the components to be used in our software.

Since the software contains code by other companies, we cannot simply publish the entire code base as open source.

Therefore, in 2014 we started the crowdfunding campaign with a predefined target value of funds, which if raised, we promised to use the money for the required changes and after which release the software as free, open source software.

We also promised that everyone who chips in to the crowdfunding campaign will receive a personal use license for jv16 PowerTools. The campaign was quite popular but unfortunately, it did not reach the target value and therefore, we had to abort the plan of going open source. The money that we did collect was used for the development of the product, which was explained in the campaign as well.

Everyone who funded the campaign by paying us was contacted by email and offered the personal license to use jv16 PowerTools, so no one who contributed to the campaign was left empty handed.

Fast forward back to this day:

We are currently developing jv16 PowerTools 2018 and there are no plans of going open source. If you contributed money to the crowdfunding campaign but for one reason or another didn’t receive your jv16 PowerTools license, please feel free to open a new support ticket and we will sort it out.

If you do, please include in your message the full name and email address you used when you made the contribution, as well as any receipt for the contribution if possible.

If there are still any questions or concerns relating to the campaign, please feel free to ask us.