>>> You can use it in your commercial company for free.
Thank you so much for confirming!
>>> just out of curiosity – in what kind of commercial environment are you planning to use Mp3tag?
Simply put, I want to create video tutorials about Mp3tag, post them on YouTube, and add AdSense on them. This is considered commercial activity, that's why I wanted to make sure I'm allowed to do this. I'm not sure if those tutorials will bring me any money or not, but if they do, I'll make sure I'll make a donation. At the very least, if nobody clicks on those ads, those videos spread the word about Mp3tag.
Mp3tag is a quite versatile software, and I'm planning to use for some of its "outside-the-box" features.
I am a video tutorials creator. One problem I am trying to solve is organizing a large number of videos, and here's where Mp3tag can help me enormously. Let's say I want to create 1024 videos and to publish them on YouTube. Each video has 4 stages (txt, wav, avi, $$$). That is:
- txt means I only have the script for it
- wav means that I already recorded the sound for it
- avi means that I created the avi
- $$$ means that I uploaded it to YouTube and it was accepted for monetization
Each video is in a folder, like: 0001,0002, ..., 1024, all being in the subfolder 1024videos
With Mp3tag, I can create a shortcut that will point to the folder 1024videos, and Mp3tag will scan automatically all wavs. Initially, all these folders will have a 1 second blank wav per folder. With Mp3tag, I can add a tag, called txt or wav or avi or $$$, depending on which stage is every video. Initially, all will have the txt tag. One of the great features of Mp3tag is that I can filter, in real time, all wavs that have the txt tag, for instance, so I know what videos are not yet finished.
I created, using your tutorial, a "Open Folder" tool, and combined with an AHK script, I assigned it to LWin key. So, when I want to go to that folder, I just select the wav, and press LWin and I'm there.
Another fantastic Mp3tag feature is that I can edit any tag with double click, and get saved it automatically, which means that I can switch from the txt to avi stage in an instant.
I can also create a second tag, where to put the YouTube link for each video.
Basically, I'll use Mp3tag as a project management software, the simplest I've ever seen. Here's a snapshot of how it looks on my computer. I plan to create several videos to explain all the above, because the idea of my YouTube channel with 1024 videos is to be replicable, so anyone interested to be able to do the same if they want to. I also created a software that will combine an image with a sound to create one video - the combining is made with just 1 click, with no questions asked. Mp3tag was the missing piece - how to organize 1024 videos in a easy way.
I will create YouTube videos for these 5 features as well:
>>> I'd greatly encourage you (and anyone else who is reading it) to consider donating if Mp3tag is of (business-) value to you.
I'm not sure how to say this to not offend you. I'm sure that Mp3tag is valuable for a lot of people, but I'm not sure they currently have enough incentives to donate (please see #1 below).
Speaking about donations, may I offer 2 suggestions?
- Some donors would like to see their names. In history, a lot of big donations were made by people/company that received credit for their donations. For instance, someone who donates $100 could receive a badge with "Friend of Mp3tag" and a mention on a hall of honor. Something similar to this:
(the list is sorted by the amount, as it should be, in my opinion).
Here's how it works:
"This is a list of registered Vim users and sponsors who have donated 100 euro or more. Only people who have indicated they want to be listed are included. If you are a registered Vim user or sponsor you can change your preferences on the edit account page."
Is there a hall of honor for Mp3tag donors? If yes, what's its address, please? If not, why not?
Long time ago, I remember I donated for a site that had a LIVE Hall of honor. That is, they had an automated system, that displayed my name within minutes of my donation.
Here's the thing : I never donate anonymously. It's not about asking you to put a link back to my company or to my website (even if some sites do even that, like the one above). It's about making me feel that my donation will make a difference. If you don't acknowledge my donation, usually I'm tempted to donate to people who do acknowledge. Yes, there are people who donate anonymously as well, but please remember the "adopt a highway" strategy - the donor has the name there. It's the very incentive for donation.
The useful part of a donation - a company/person gets a tax deduction for the donation.
The emotional part of a donation - a company/person gets its name mentioned.
Simply put, some companies/persons will not donate if the emotional part is not acknowledged.
Here's the balance / cause and effect for each action:
I like Mp3tag -> I use it and thank you for making it free
I donate to Mp3tag -> You make me feel that my donation made a difference, by mentioning me in the Hall of Honor (and you use the money for whatever features you consider)
"If you like using Mp3tag please donate to support further development." doesn't currently include the emotional part.
How about this?
"Your donation will shape the future of Mp3tag. Please join our Hall of Donors. Any amount matters!"
- How about starting a crowdfunding campaign?
Here's an example:
You already have a great software, so it's easier to create such a campaign.
Thank you again for creating Mp3tag! It rapidly got on my "use daily" list.