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Re: [GLISS] why the hell all this fuss

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [GLISS] why the hell all this fuss
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:56:55 +0200
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Joseph Rushton Wakeling <address@hidden> writes:

> Has anyone ever actually engaged with any major publishers to identify
> the factors that are of interest to them in engraving software, and
> the features that Lilypond would have to implement in order to meet
> their requirements?

Judging from my experience in print publishing, the most important
feature is that output quality is not competitive.

They have taken large investments in their current tools, their
operators, their experts, their workflows, dependencies, and customer
base and expectations and pricings.  They are major publishers not just
since yesterday.  They have what it takes to crank out good scores at
competitive prices.

Getting them interested is only feasible if LilyPond opens new business
areas for them.  They won't be interested to change to LilyPond in
already established areas because it would mean putting them on equal,
or actually on worse footing with newcomers.

Short of being able to offer new _business_ models, you'll get
stonewalled.  They'll have to react if you manage to upset the
established markets with LilyPond, but they won't actively participate
before that is the case.

David Kastrup

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