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Re: New Odoo Product Configurator Module

Akretion France, David BEAL
- 01/05/2016 11:35:54
Hi Paul,

Thanks for you feedback. Just one word.
I have no advice to give you, but spent a lot of hours to work on a project without paid, it's scary.
Maybe open your sources at the beginning of your project could help you to develop without this huge cost.
Now, if you sell as proprietary your modules, you'll have other cost to come: maintenance, questions of the customers, marketing ...
=> It's vicious circle
OCA is a good place to share maintenance cost, promote your work, get additionnal features

The only chance I see for your project is give a little to get many more.
If you share with community some features of your backoffice module by opensource it,
you'll benefit of a better interest of the whole community, and then you could sell front office part of your modules.

I encourage to split features in small modules, proprietary or not.

my 2 cents.

David BEAL - Akretion
Odoo Development / Integration

2016-04-28 10:22 GMT+02:00 Paul Catinean <>:
Hello Ermin,

Thank you for posting on this thread, it has reminded me to provide some closure here as well not just on twitter.

The remaining time after developments was not much indeed, I did have the possibility to extend the duration with up to 60 days. But in the last 8 days there were no contributions at all in spite of this message being broadcasted. I took this as a sign of insufficient interest and decided against prolonging the campaign duration and holding the contributors donations hostage which were given in good faith.

My wish has always been and always will be to make it open source. It's much easier for everyone, it can develop much faster, better and has a lot more feedback so it can grow into something very powerful.

Unfortunately I cannot justify the many hours invested in research, development, testing, bug fixes etc to just release it for a random amount or for free. We are talking over 1.500 hours fully unpaid + many more hours funded with a low hourly rate. This means that it's either sold as proprietary or another campaign is started in hopes that something would be different. Though I do not see what would be different except a bit more coverage.

If anyone should feel they have a better idea for a new campaign to succeed or consider lobbying customers to pitch in then I would take one last shot at it. This was the proposition all along to make the module opensource as it will be at a small fraction of the cost. 

Sold as proprietary it will be much more expensive than a perk in the campaign and this way it would have been cheaper for everyone.

I have constantly worked on the modules ever since and keep improving them, the plan was to try again later with more functionality. In the meantime if you have a urgent need as you said you can contact me and I will provide a quote for a proprietary version of the modules.

I'd like to end by thanking everyone for their tremendous support, especially OCA with all members and everyone providing social media coverage and funding. It might not have worked out in the end but the support and willpower to make this happen was great! Waves have been generated and a lot of good intention was present. I appreciate that a lot.

Kind Regards,

On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Ermin Trevisan <> wrote:
Dear Paul

Disappointingly your campaign did not succeed. I believe the remaining
campaign time after all the positive moves and developments together
with OCA and OdooMRP was too short.

Do you have already any plans on how to proceed? Do you want to start
another campaign or to make it available on other ways?

I do have a small startup project which would urgently need your

Thanks for any further info


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On 15.03.2016 10:37, Paul Catinean wrote: > Hello, > > In the past couple of years Odoo has grown very powerful and the > community along with it. With a flexible software base like Odoo which > expands everyday I write to you now in hope that as a community we can > shape and grow it even more. > > As we all know the product template design that Odoo V8 and V9 relies on > has it’s ups and downs and can be difficult to work with in some cases. > Especially when it comes to product variants in the manufacturing sector > and custom designs. > > Having dealt with these shortcomings in the past 3 years I have managed > to create Odoo’s first working Product Configurator. > > By now it manages to integrate all the tools needed for anyone to build > custom products. Developed and tested on multiple databases > simultaneously, the Product Configurator can be extended for any type of > business and seamlessly integrates with the Odoo E-shop. This > strengthens the connection between backend and frontend and makes the > entire platform more powerful and versatile. > > This major effort has been made in an attempt to launch the module suite > as a generic and flexible solution for the Odoo platform. With it we can > extend Odoo's reach into a new segment of users drawing in more projects > and developers alike. > > Initial development of the customer specific version (that started for > custom made flagpoles) spans to about two years. On top of the customer > funded project another 1000 hours were invested in converting the module > suite from project-specific to a generic and extensible version. > > Contact with OCA has been made in regards to this project and members of > the board have expressed their interest. Our intention is to include the > module suite into the OCA repositories as AGPL V3, free for anyone to > distribute, use and especially contribute. > > Starting today I have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the time > spent converting the module. This has been made entirely in the interest > of applying it to multiple businesses and sharing it with the community. > I would be very pleased to bring this project to life and continue this > journey with you by my side to sustain it. > > Please checkout and share the campaign video that explains the addressed > isues and features offered: > > > For further details feel free the visit our brand new website (Fully > developed in Odoo of course) >
> > Kind Regards, > Paul Catinean > > _______________________________________________ > Mailing-List: > Post to: > Unsubscribe: >

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