It’s super, it’s amazing, and it’s released. It’s WIPUP 27.06.10a. For the uninitiated, WIPUP is a flexible and easy way for people to share, critique, and track works-in-progresses.
To quote some random person, this release truly brings out the “hey, it’s like a working site now“. This release sports super fancy upgrades courtesy of my schedule, which is now free from exams and school. Check out the WIPUP website now, and read the release notes.
Of course it’s also open-source, so not only do we welcome new users, but developers too! This is hopefully the last “alpha” release, so feel free to join.
It’s WIPUP statistics time, folks. I’d like to apologise for the lack of "proper" posts as I’ve been busy making a portfolio for a university application and bachoté in some new ThoughtScore stuff. Yes, that’s right. So a sad excuse is to look at statistics. (Those viewing my profile would probably know this already though)
As you can see only 3 or so days after the release we’ve hit the same level of views as previous updates. At the same time we see we’ve resumed our correlation between updates and views. I think the image really speaks for itself.
It’s however a bit more interesting to note that we’ve had 4 new updates added by new users (one apparently being a 77 year old lady from Alaska). I’ve also posted a thread on the BlenderArtists "news" forum category, and although we’ve only had 3 people view the thread (yeah, not that active apparently) we’ve gathered 3 very positive comments and had 3 registrations. Sounds good to me. Very good sign.
When dogfooding lately for current WIPs which weren’t built to be documented and not entirely of personal artistic nature I’ve noticed a natural rejection to putting work online. Something along the lines of "it’s not ready! It’s ugly as bollocks!" However I’ve resisted deleting anything and I don’t regret doing so. However I’m concerned that others (after overcoming the initial excitement) will experience the same. I guess it’s time to orchestrate a few social experiments, which if they prove anything interesting I’ll post about later.
All-nighter coming up.
WIPUP is a flexible and easy way for people to share, critique, and track works-in-progresses.
Every month, the WIPUP website gets synchronised with the Git repository hosting the code. It wasn’t long ago at all since the February sync was performed (21.02.10) and since I’ve been having mock exams that generally means I have a lot of free time (well, a couple all-days after the mocks) which I’ve been a busy little bee whacking down features. So while I was initially fearing a "maintenance sync" I’m happy to announce a feature-packed release.
Release notes are in their full glory in the WIPUP Release, and comments should be left there, not here.
This is a massive update, and I highly recommend people to start checking out the rest of the site and try it out themselves.
Well, time for a break from updates then!
It’s midweek, 3 mock exams later, and it’s been quite some time since the WIPUP 21.02.10a was released. Yep, that means it’s time to look at the statistics. The reason this didn’t happen earlier is because the WIPUP dashboard stats only update themselves at the beginning of the week in order to save server power (it’s quite strenuous you know). As a result the last pull was on the 22nd, which meant that it was quite likely that a few visitors could’ve been pulled over into the next week of statistics.
Anyways, here’s the image speaks a 1000:
As you can see I’ve been rather actively dogfooding WIPUP, especially noticable in the latest upsurge in update activity due to the porting over of The ThoughtScore project. The obvious thing this proves is that update quantity doesn’t necessarily mean update interest. Looking at the number of views optimistically realistically this update, even though even more feature packed and with a more mature system did on par with the 14.01.10a update. Pessimistically we could assume a division of views over all our updates and no rollover spectators in the next week and report that the 21.02.10a update was a complete failure. On the other extreme we could assume the complete opposite and say we achieved a modest increase in interest.
The obvious conclusion is that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
User-wise things are still slow with little of the feedback system in use – I’ve still got those 2 stalkers, hit a new high of 2 comments in a week (by 1 user, though) and it looks as though a kudos system was a good idea.
However of course this doesn’t mean that the future is completely bleak, WIPUP still has far to go, we’ve recruited a new contributor (Kamal) and we see a few interesting uses of WIPUP by the user Sandking, who shows us some rendering tests, by C0mBineD, who is apparently working on a painting, and jonas, who’s got one of his digital orchestra test pieces up.
Seeing as that they’re rather dormant this is a sign that WIPUP still isn’t ready for the crowds, but we invite anybody else interested to give it a spin as a regular user to do so!