kingluma — Yes, I suppose you could implement some kind of basic copy protection along those lines.
Joe — As long as you're not worried about someone posting the plugin on some other website for free download.
I guess the next step is, after the Vuo 2.0 beta release, contact Team Vuo if you have plugins you want to sell. Once there are several plugins to sell, we can set up a store page. Nothing fancy, just a list of plugins with product descriptions and Buy buttons. We'd take a cut of the sales just to cover the payment processing fees. (To give you a sense of that: For a $5 international payment, PayPal takes 11%; for $10, PayPal takes 8%; for $20, PayPal takes 6%.) The remainder would go to the seller.
We think that better work flows around sub-compositions and comments on the canvas (whose backgrounds can be tinted 10 colors), both coming in Vuo 2.0, might mitigate the need for additional node tints. Would you like us to open your proposal for voting, or wait until you see how Vuo 2.0 might work for you?
Copy protection is not a big worry for me.
There will always be people who want something for nothing, especially VJ's who are starting out.
It would not be a massive issue if they were shared with a couple of friends or colleagues.
If the price is low enough, say $5 or less then you'd have to be a (insert derogatory term) not to pay for it.
I realise the look of Vuo 2.0 is probably locked down now. But I'm going to make one more plea for consideration to the idea that Vuo shift input ports to inside the node and put the value print outs after the port label, the exact same way Origami Studio does. Drawers and extremely long values like font names could still be hung of the node (or make it optional).
My reasons are twofold: aesthetics/ease of visually parsing the general composition and optimal use of screen "realestate" or a more functional use of space.
When double clicking node inputs (or tabbing through them) to edit the value the input could pop out on the left or on the right of the label. I also prefer the node corner radius used in Origami Studio, and more generally, it is more functional and more sophisticated and professional looking than Vuo 2.0. Just copy it as much as possible, it copied QC after all… it works.