Better integration sounds like a great idea, it would probably also raise expectations on area of liability and responsibility which is specifically weaved on the tools page.
Integration of the liability checkbox into the toolbrowser was one of the challenges i believe (or what is attached to it on juridical matters)
The tool checker (which is one of the few integrated tools) at least allows to offer you to download updates for existing tools.
Ah yes, I see what you mean, maybe you could have the liability statement in a pop up with a ‘Accept and Install’ button.
If the legal issues is going to be more hassle than its worth then its probably not worth bothering. The thought occurred to me after seeing some really cool tools but with a low number of downloads.
A few things come to mind about the legal side of things though. How is this tackled with VST’s? Surely the same liability issues would apply there?
And also how does software like Reaktor or Max/MSP deal with this liability issue? Don’t tools kind of fall into the same category as Reaktor and Max devices?
I can’t speak for other applications regarding their tools. Regarding VST:These plugins are closed source binaries and beyond the power of the Renoise devs to solve all issues with. Almost all Renoise tools are pretty much open source and it is fairly easy to access and create stuff in there which makes it also easier to enable risks. In short:
-If a plugin crashes Renoise, devs can point to the plugin developer in the majority of cases,
-If a tool crashes Renoise, the Renoise devs have to perform effort in almost all cases to fix it.It would be foolish though to not use some kind of claim protection to prevent getting financially stripped to the bone in these cases. People will always attempt to do so when they smell an opportunity
Thanks for that insight vV, I’m assuming the tools (and LUA) are sandboxed so the risk should be minimal, but like you say you don’t want to open yourselves up for support headaches on 3rd party tools. I do like the way some tools are now being bundled so maybe that is the way forward.