Paywalling current versions despite OBS not working with the latest stable releases is not a good move, just as others already said. I will stop using this plugin for now...
Xaymar
Xaymar
StreamFX requires funding to be maintained and this was the only available way at the time. Without funding StreamFX would have recieved no further updates.
This plugin served me well in the past but I can no longer recommend it for general use.
I used StreamFX for a single source and filter. I don't need 90% of what StreamFX offers, and I would rather not have to jump through a bunch of hoops and/or paywalls, while also potentially dealing with the usual open source developer mindset that is unfortunately common (ie. your feedback or issue is bad or wrong, our code is infallable and free of issues, nothing is ever our fault and is always the users fault. If you have a problem then code it yourself), just to use a single filter on the latest stable version of OBS 29.
Currently, the only version for OBS 29 is officially available via Patreon. I don't have a problem with paywalling of pre-release versions in general, however when the latest stable version of StreamFX hasn't been updated for over 2 (likely will be 3) stable versions of OBS, that's where the move towards monetization becomes sour for me.
Seeing how there hasn't been a stable release for so long, I consider StreamFX to be depricated and should be treated as such. I highly suggest finding alternatives wherever possible. Source Clone by exeldro is a great alternative to Source Mirrors, and is what I am now using.
Xaymar
Xaymar
StreamFX is still actively updated, thanks to the funding acquired through the current monetization model. Without funding, StreamFX would have ceased to recieve any and all updates permanently.

Patrons currently can use pre-releases and recieve support for it, but Public support is limited to Stable features and versions. The publicly available wiki also lists all features and their current status (Experimental, Unstable, Stable, Deprecated, Removed) and we always say to not use non-Stable features in production. We know they're broken, we've warned about it, and if you fail to heed that warning it is on you.
I understand that the project deserves support and pre-release versions are for supporters now, but it's still pretty obnoxious and somewhat scummy that a release that had ALREADY been released publicly got put behind a paywall.
Xaymar
Xaymar
Only pre-built binaries for pre-releases, which cost money to create, were made Supporter only. You always gave the option of building from source
In a very suspicious turn of events the developer, claiming that a non GPL compatible source code was used by a contributor, removed ALL of the install binaries from assets. There is no installer you can download, no stable and no beta versions. Effectively, with this clever trick, you can ONLY get a build through his expensive recurring Patreon or build it yourself... Nicely done Xaymar.
Dev violates GPL by committing non-GPL code so Binaries are removed Now full-on GPL violation with paywall
RIP
Lol paywall even when the plugin keep lagging behind the current version of OBS, making it unusuable, dev went nuts.
Xaymar
Xaymar
As development and maintenence of a plugin takes time, and time is not free, funding is required to ensure updates can even happen. Patrons can already use versions that fully support OBS 29.0.
I relied on the shaders for StreamFX. The person who runs this project is very rude and he's very greedy. OBS isn't to pay your paycheck, this is a GNU-licensed project, and it's OPEN SOURCE, not a CLOSED SOURCE. It's time for the project manager to retire and find another job so he can get the pay he wants and let the community manage the project. There is no money in this, it's not reasonable to pay $11 for each release and for people who can build it to not pay.
Well, the installer for version 0.11.1, which was the last stable version, is no longer available, and they still haven't released a version for obs 29, so I think it's official, we can only have access to the installer by paying
I can no longer use this because I cannot afford a 10/mo subscription. That's just insane. Not even a free tier with like half the options (blur is the one I used mostly).
Last official release (v11.1) is outdated for OBS v28 and v29. Updated from v27 after it broke for me due to age, and was horrified to find out just a day ago that the alpha/beta versions for v29 are paywalled.
Xaymar
Xaymar
The pre-built binaries for pre-releases are only available to Supporters, as voted on by Supporters. You always have the option to build from source.
!!HUGE WARNING!! - Version compatible with OBS v29 got suddenly paywalled. I'm the lucky one to get 0.12b164 installer before it got put behind a paywall, but from what I see others aren't so lucky. The only available "stable" free release is compatible with OBS v27 only and WILL NOT WORK with v28 or v29.

If you want to paywall pre-production releases, first make sure your stable release is also useable. I understand hiding bleeding-edge features behind a paywall, however I don't understand hiding the only useable version in this way. With this move you did you hurt YOUR OWN PROJECT in the process. People will just go to another plugin and get mad at you, as they do right now.

And no, I don't care about "building it from sources" because not everyone is a developer and not everyone has to learn how to use the tools.
Xaymar
Xaymar
The pre-built binaries for pre-releases are only available to Supporters, as voted on by Supporters. You always have the option to build from source.
No current functional release of this project. Last 4 "releases" are still behind paywall and never actually released.
StreamFX used to work pretty well. It's a shame that Xaymar (The lead developer) is one of the most angry and spiteful people I've ever encountered. Paywalling an open source project is laughable, making the once open-to-all discord private, deleting "negative" feedback, and removing the ability for non-devs to comment on github (largely in part to his personal definitions of the words "production" and "support") is really just the icing on this 'frustrated and seething lil guy' cake... and he wonders why he has trouble with donations lol.
+5 Stars for the Plug-In, -3 for the developers behavior, -1 for the paywall (there was just 1 Star left, 1 is the minimum, otherwise there would be more stars removed for the paywall).
Xaymar
Xaymar
A free model is not sustainable. Exposure doesn't pay bills and rent. Pretty sure we can all agree on that.
I'd be more than happy to pay for the software with a one time fee, but I can't afford yet another monthly subscription.
Xaymar
Xaymar
Stable versions are still free. Nothing forces you to upgrade and use pre-releases.
you can ignore the copied + pasted response the dev has been giving to everybody. this is a paywall plain and simple. claiming its not a paywall because you can build from source (even though multiple people have said that doesn't even work) is absurd.

I can't think of anyone less deserving of your money than Xaymar.
My review was yet again removed by an admin.
Love the plugin, hate the monthly fee to get access to the newest builds. Would prefer a 1 time payment option with access to all future builds.
Xaymar
Xaymar
We offer the option to build from source, as with any open source project. A one time fee is not possible for continous development, especially with "inflation". The one time license fee is your time it takes to build it yourself.
Why Pay wall this? you can literally get the same plugins like Bjonik mentioned.
Paywall how are we suppose to test it?
Working versions hidden behind paywalls with public release versions being years out of date

"The pre-built binaries for pre-releases are only available to Supporters, as voted on by Supporters. You always have the option to build from source." Is a load of bullshit. Not everyone is a developer to have the experience to know how to do this
Xaymar
Xaymar
Open Source does not equal Free.
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