Long time lurker here, but I don’t post to this forum. Reason for this is because the first time I tried to sign up for the forum, it didn’t work. I forget why, it was about 2 yrs ago. I went through the sign up again choosing a different user name and it worked.
I am extremely happy to see that some development work has begun!! I think this is a truly great piece of software and it deserves further development! I’ll buy the devs a few cups of coffee…
To me, there seem to be a few issues that need to be resolved first. The copyright/trademark and the companies involved need to be figured out and explained. I’m willing to buy 5 cups of coffee a month to pay for development of Fritzing. My question is, where is that money going?
I think there needs to be some transparency here before thinking about ways to support development. After that happens, I can think of a few ways to generate income. Parts creation, reach out to former supporters, funding drives via forums.
Open source software can support itself, it just has to find a way to do that. I use LibreOffice regularly, I learned Inkskcape so I could create .svg for FreeCAD, and now for fritzing. I was a long time user of blender, an open source and highly successful, 3d animation package.
Anyway, just my thoughts,