Hey y'all. The Vuo development team has been discussing the next releases, and we wanted to share our current thinking and get your feedback.
As a recap, we've made these releases in the past year:
- Vuo 2.1.0 — video streaming with NewTek NDI and RTMP, other new/updated nodes
- Vuo 2.2.0 — macOS 11 support, new nodes
- Vuo 2.3.0 — native support for Apple Silicon (M1/ARM64), new nodes
- and bug-fix releases in between
Over the next few years, our (somewhat competing) goals are:
- Fulfill some of the top-voted feature requests from the community.
- Keep up with changes to macOS.
- Make Vuo cross-platform.
- Continue to fund Vuo's development.
With that in mind, here's what we're thinking for major features in the next couple years:
- Vuo 2.4.0 — update to FxPlug4
- Vuo 2.5.0 — Metal graphics, iteration and lists of lists
- Vuo 2.6.0 — animated meshes, particle systems
- Vuo 2.7.0 — more community-requested features
Aside from keeping up with macOS changes, we selected the features for Vuo 2.4.0-2.6.0 from among the community's top-voted feature requests, and would select similarly for Vuo 2.7.0.
During this time, we also plan to work toward cross-platform support. Specifically, we'll be starting on the ability to export compositions to either Windows apps or Linux apps. This will be a multi-year project that we plan to make progress on gradually as we continue to add features and fix bugs for macOS. It won't be anywhere close to done by Vuo 2.7.0, but we would like to reach the first major milestone by then: completing the groundwork needed to be able to compile and run a simple "hello world" composition.
And of course, we'll continue with the other work necessary to keep Vuo going, including:
- Doing work for hire, which provides the majority of funding for Vuo. Currently we do a lot of web development and a little Vuo-related development. We'd like to shift the balance to more Vuo-related work if we can.
- Promoting the work that people have made with Vuo, and trying to help people who would find Vuo useful but have never heard of it before to find out about it.
- Providing free and paid support to the Vuo community.
- Working with the developers of related software like VDMX and CoGe to help with their Vuo integrations.
- Making improvements to the open-source software that Vuo relies on.
- Updating the Vuo website. (It's on Drupal 7, which is reaching end of life in 2022, so we need to upgrade to a newer Drupal version.)
So that's what we're thinking. If you use Vuo in your work, how will this plan affect you? Do you see anything important that we're overlooking?