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Sandi says

If you created flash component (by yourself) is it so nimportant to provide the source code for component? I mean its component, i.e. user just have to change the settings of component in “properties” panel. In case if code of component is needed – its only for reviewers (to be sure that its not stolen) or also for buyers? Because if for the component you created let say 10 classes with 100-1000 lines of code – it can only rase millions of questions from user, while he needs only “component properties” panel in flash.

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LeatherwingStudios says

I’d like to know the answer to this question as well. But I have a different perspective.

As a buyer I want ALL source code. That way, when I want to change something the author didn’t think of, I can do it. If the author only gives me a component I’m stuck with whatever he/she exposed. And trust me, this happens all the time with stuff we buy!

If I have a choice between getting source and getting a component I’ll ALWAYS reject the component and go for the source. Even if the component version is much better I know it is limited whereas the source item has no limits whatsoever!

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Nythe says

It is required to provide source file(s) for any file you upload here.

I am also against this as i don’t want people checking my code which takes a long time to make. I want to only sell the SWF here or the components so that the user can make required changes without being allowed to see the code. However, it is required as i know for a fact that some people here buy files only for the code so that they can try and learn from it how it was made.

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LeatherwingStudios says
It is required to provide source file(s) for any file you upload here.

As a buyer I am very glad to hear that! :D I hope this is true.

I am also against this as i don’t want people checking my code which takes a long time to make. I want to only sell the SWF here or the components so that the user can make required changes without being allowed to see the code.

FYI , my company has Flash developers on staff who can create anything we might need. However we like to use stock Flash to help us add features to our projects without adding lots of time.

As an author you have to decide if the $$$ you can make here (and the marketing costs you can avoid) are worth the risks you’ve outlined. I think you have to agree that most of the stuff here at FD is not exactly rocket science. No offense intended to anyone but a banner rotater or accordion panel can only be done so many different ways. On the other hand, if you created a highly original and complex Flash application you might want to seriously consider marketing it directly yourself rather than allow it to be distributed at FD.

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VF says
...On the other hand, if you created a highly original and complex Flash application you might want to seriously consider marketing it directly yourself rather than allow it to be distributed at FD.

Exactly. For any file if we start think about securing code (due to uniqueness/originality etc), then obviously that file is not a demand of market, so trying to sell through a generic stock site is not economical (for both the stock site as well as the author). On the other hand, if the file is prepared for regular users (it will obviously loss uniqueness to certain extent), there is no meaning in hiding the code as reasonable number of buyers want to edit in depth.

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Sandi says

i think for some “small” components (100 lines of code) one can provide the source code, but its absolutely not acceptable for huge components which can use a lot of different classes which you created to use in many different projects.

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theflyingtinman says
i think for some “small” components (100 lines of code) one can provide the source code, but its absolutely not acceptable for huge components which can use a lot of different classes which you created to use in many different projects.

Flashden happens to be a stock Flash source code marketplace. If you find it unacceptable to redistribute source code of any component you have created then Flashden is not the place for you to sell it, or to sell any application that uses it.

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flashjunkie says

Yes you do need to provide it or you will recieve this…

Unfortunately, this file cannot be approved at this time as it uses a component without providing either the source code or license. You are welcome to upload files using components, but if you created it, you must provide the source. If you did not create the component, you must link to the license stating you’re allowed to use it in your file.

Thank you for taking the time to submit content to FlashDen
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michelsteege says

And that is the exact reason why i don’t upload big components to flashden, that is just giving your work away :)

Flashden is great for small scripts or tests but i keep the more special bigger scripts for myself :)

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patrickjansendesign says
And that is the exact reason why i don’t upload big components to flashden, that is just giving your work away :) Flashden is great for small scripts or tests but i keep the more special bigger scripts for myself :)

hear hear

So far I only uploaded either “compiled/shim components”, “simple no-mystery files” and “open source files on which I have copyright registrations”. I think it’s a real bummer FD decided to accept opens-source only.

I’m at the moment creating an item which requires some serious inventive thinking and really don’t want to hand over the ‘puzzle solved’ on a silver platter to my fellow coleagues, no offence meant.

I ALWAYS make my products as customizable as possible through component parameters. Usually I try to avoid ANY reason users should have to mess around in source code. And in the few events it does happen, i do custom modifications myself.

I really have doubts wether I plan to offer them on FD. For years I’ve had my own channels through which I sell flash components and pretty successful so far. On FD I just now started selling some to see if it’s worth while, and so far only financially it’s only a drop in a bucket of water. With this new rule I think I probably will stop offering high-potential and complex items on FD, or maybe only once I have them copyright-registered.

In the end, I think FD should worry a titsy bitsy about scaring the ‘advanced depelopers’ away to other flash stock movie websites who don’t have a non-negotiable open-source policy

I think FD should think of having a spirit of offering ‘solutions’ and not nessesarily ‘open-source items’

so hear you go, my 1 cent (crisis time)

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