Isadora 2.0 - Responses and Reactions from the Community

  • @mark

    Just saw more detailed post about 2.0, first of all, thank you to keep Isadora an affordable tool !
    Few questions:
    -Are you planning to do a pre-order system for the release, not to be overwhelmed on the D-day? If yes, i would sign up for it right away!
    -Would you consider giving a presentation of new functionalities in Berlin? It might not be necessary (hard to say before knowing the tool), but i guess some things are going to be really different than previous versions, I'm especially thinking about this Javascript coding possibility, that i might have to use very quickly.
    Thanks again for all that work!
  • Beta Platinum

    Having a ' pre-order system for the release' is a good idea actually.

  • Beta Tester

    We have discussed this in person, Mark, but to answer your question directly, my current perceptions about Isadora's stability or lack thereof are based exclusively on first hand experiences that I have had over the course of using Isadora on dozens of installation and live performance projects over the past few years. While Isadora has typically, though not always, been reasonably stable once we get a show open, frequent crashes during the programming process, tech, and previews are the rule not the exception. While we are often pushing the performance envelope of Isadora, a complete crash isn't an acceptable failure mode vs slow framerates. Additionally, bugs like the issue with dongles losing connection that continue to go unresolved weaken our ability to feel safe using Isadora on certain segments of projects, particular when we know that a qualified programmer won't be there to babysit it. For example, we have a several hundred thousand dollar installation project that has been running for several months using four computers running Isadora and we have had near weekly service calls to our shop for software related issues. Many of us know that this has not always been the case with Isadora which is why you have so many loyal users (myself and many of my colleagues included) and I hope that we will be able to get back to a point where it is no longer the case.

  • Dear @MatthewH.

    Thank you for your very honest assessment. I am doing all that I can to ensure that 2.0 will be as stable as humanly possible.
    Best Wishes,

  • Viva Isadora and thank you very much Mark!

     The love and dedication with which you lead this project, allowing all of us to give life to our creative ideas, is as inspiring as the tool itself.
  • Tech Staff

    I find Isadora to be very stable. It allows nearly anything to be done, and manages to remain stable. The biggest problems I have ever had or tried to help with have always been user error based.
    Isadora allows me to create nearly anything I can think of.

  • Beta Platinum

    I think there should be a new series of tutorials for the new features(edge blend, mapping, etc)

  • Yes, please... tutorials for the new edge blending and mapping features.

  • Hi Mark

    I'm thrilled about the new upgrade, Izzymap looks amazing! This looks to be the start of a new era for Isdaora, and I wish you the best of luck. Without wishing to tear you away from your final coding and testing, are you able to say how likely it is that the upgrade will be released before the end of this month (If at all?). We are planning to upgrade all our licences at the university, and would like to see if we can get it into this years budget?

  • Sorry, I've just read the timeline again and found the release date for the 31st...

  • Congrats Mark 

    ...and to the new additions to the staff Jamie, Ryan, Michael, and Graham.
    So looking forward to upgrading, I have to say living off the remote west coast of Ireland and suddenly realising you screwed up a show thru human error, I rest in the knowledge that there will be a quick response from you and the team with a solution (as it has done many times in the past with clear and precise instructions)  

  • Great to meet you, Joe :)

  • Beta Platinum

    Looking at my calender... Is tomorrow the big day?

  • @feinsinn Annoucement coming later today... :)

  • Beta Gold


  • We're not quite there in terms of the final final release, but we're ready for the enthusiasts to get on board. See my announcement.

    -- M
  • Beta Gold

    Isadora in her new dress is a hottie!!!!

  • @mark: I am nearing a tech phase, and would appreciate it if you could let me know approximate time frame of the 2.0 final availability. This will help enormously in planning, scoping additional software development etc.


  • Dear @eight,

    Right now, I don't want to estimate. I need to evaluate where we are, and I want my prediction to be accurate. That being said, if you need solid HD playback, the beta is already a very strong candidate for your project.
    Best Wishes,