Today, we only got one day to go with our crowd funding on Indiegogo. We have about 1/5 of the funding needed to make Animation Paper for Mac happen. So it is time for me to admit that we didn’t make it. As you know, all of you who generously pledged money, will automatically get it back.
Of course I am sad that it didn’t work out. Especially because so many of you have been so excited about Animation Paper – and were eagerly looking forward to it. Me too!
We didn’t make it – and I’m not exactly sure why. I guess it must be a combination of things. The fact that I decided to do it as a native Mac app first must be of some factor. There are plenty of animators and creatives out there on Mac, but since the old PAP was on PC, the most excited people have seemed to be Windows users, who already knew and worked with PAP. Maybe they naturally understood the best how well the modern Animation Paper would work?
Also me failing to reach any of the large news sites must weigh in as well. Being part of a network, you easily get a feeling that the word of Animation Paper is “everywhere” – but in fact new people hearing about Animation Paper for the first time kept coming in until this very end. My guess is, only a smaller fraction of our target audience have heard about our crowd funding campaign. Also I was warned beforehand about doing any crowd funding in the summer holiday season.
I could mention plenty of other potential reasons, but never mind. One thing I am convinced is not a problem is the product it self.
So, now what?
I will have to think long and hard about this. At first I will put it all to rest, at least for a while. I still very much believe in our concept and I would hate for it not to be made. But with under 500 actual contributors I, naturally, have to think.
Right now I need a break, but I will come back and continue my work, continuously refining the concept and find alternative ways to get Animation Paper out to all of you.
Should I try with the Windows version on Kickstarter?
Anyway, thanks for all your support. It’s been great. So many good suggestions that helped shape Animation Paper. And thanks so much for all your nice words. I am sorry to have to send out this disappointing message.
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Niels K M