The future of JASS

State of today

Our Jass product series is based on Blender 2.49b. Until recently Blender-2.49b has been the only Blender version that was capable to create fully functioning exports for Second Life mesh builds. And it was the only Blender for which a fully working Sculpted Prim support was available with Primstar-1 and the JASS product series.

By now the situation has changed in several ways:

  1. With Blender 2.62 we again have a full Support for Second Life Meshes. So if you are doing Mesh creations, all you need is Blender 2.62 and you can do Mesh development.
  2. With the availability of Second Life mesh support, we now have a very good alternative to Sculpted Prim creations. So you now have the choice to go with Mesh or to go (or keep) with Sculpted Prims.
  3. With Primstar-2-dev-260 we provide full support for Sculpted Prims based on the Blender 2.5/2.6 series. So you can now fully work in Blender 2.62 without any drawbacks.

Taking all of this into account, we no longer see any benefit for you to use the Jass-products. Especially it does no longer make sense to continue the maintenance of Jass-Pro and Jass-Magic. In fact there has been no update for both products since about one year and we have only provided very few new tutorials for this product series within the last 6 months.

Cleaning up

And on top of all of this Blender 2.49 has not been developed further since about 2 years now and it is obviously at end of its lifetime.

So we have decided to clean up a bit. And here is our roadmap for the next 12 months:

  • 1-April 2012: The free Jass-Magic bonus package will be dropped from new Primstar-2 purchases (as its no longer needed as fallback)
  • 1-June 2012: Jass-Pro and Jass-Magic vendors will be removed. Jass-Pub will keep available as a legacy software but without warranty.
  • 1-June-2012: End of Lifetime for Jass-Pro and Jass-magic
  • 1-June 2012: Cancellation of “one on one” support for Jass-Pub customers (which was never guaranteed anyways)
  • 1-June-2013: End of support for Jass-Pro and Jass-Magic

Your benefits

The main benefit for you will be

  • Better support for  Avastar-1 and Primstar-2 development
  • More and better tutorials for Primstar-2 and Avastar-1
  • More Mesh tutorials

Questions ?

If you have questions about all of that, please check out our FAQ. There we will add a few remarks about why these decisions have been made and why this is for your benefit.

Cheers,

Gaia, Domino, Magus

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  1. With Primstar-2-dev-260 we provide full support for Sculpted Prims based on the Blender 2.5/2.6 series. So you can now fully work in Blender 2.62 without any drawbacks.
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