The end of ImageKit and ImageSet

Dear Kirby Community,

I got a little announcement to make. I know that some of you have used my ImageKit and ImageSet plugins for Kirby 2 in the past and I’m very thankful for all your support during all that time. Initially, I wanted to port the plugins to Kirby 3, to keep updating your old sites a very smooth experience. As Kirby 3 now supports asynchronous thumbnail creation without any third-party plugins, the focus of ImageKit would have shifted more towards image optimization, while ImageSet would probably just have been a port to Kirby 3. As 2019 was progressing, I realized that I would not have the time for developing new versions of these plugins. Compared to the regular earnings of a web developer, the plugins did not pay off very well. I only made less than € 4000 in total (before tax), by selling them. And each of those took about one month of full-time work, before they where ready to sell. That does not include the time spent on support and ongoing development in terms of adding new features and fixing bugs. Considering the fact, that I already got enough work to to and I’m currently working on a rather large personal project (made with Kirby, of course :wink: ), I did not see any chance to find enough time to work on such complex plugins any longer.

I finally came to the conclusion, that it is not feasible and also not possible for me to develop ImageKit and ImageSet any longer. I’m sorry for everyone, who bought a license and hoped for updated versions for Kirby 3. If anyone wants to use any of the code to develop something cool, you are welcome. I will change the license to MIT (which might be especially interesting for the frontend code of ImageSet).

Thanks for your understanding.

Best,
Fabian

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thanks for letting me know. It is unfortunate, but I totally understand your decision.

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Thanks for the feedback and the very good work on the plugin in the past. I am sad to hear that it will be discontinued, but fully understand your decision. All the best for the next steps :slight_smile:

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