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As a developer on this platform, I want to know your opinions of the members of this platform. Are you willing to buy new 3rd-party apps? Considering that quality apps/themes are produced that really improve your community and meet your needs.
Before the market was closed, I had a big plan to develop each part of this platform. I also decided to produce new things needed by every community. For example, LMS has been completed and is being developed, as well as other apps that I don't know if I should start.
Are you waiting for version 5 to think about 3rd-party apps?
Would you consider them if new apps are released for version 4.*?

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I'm a big fan of purchasing 3rd party apps and a believer that modifications are a strategic advantage for independent communities.  

I can only speak for myself. I am definitely holding off on any new purchase or custom requests on v4. I also probably won't do anything for the first 6-9 months of v5 to allow the platform to mature (and I tend to be an early adopter).  

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Even though I believe that using third party apps can improve your community and help you grow and reach your goal, using paid third party apps also increases your cost of community management. If it is completely your hobby project, and you have not enabled any kind of monetization, and paying from your pockets might cost a lot of money.

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Hello @ReyDev

I am unsure of how much the closure of Invision's Marketplace has negatively affected the development of third-party apps. But like @JoelR, I am holding off any purchases until V5 is out.

I just the past few days, I've read elsewhere a few very negative comments about the closure of the Marketplace and it putting off potential purchases of IPS. I don't know how much of that is 'the usual complainers' and how much of it reflects a reality.

Well, it is what it is, I guess. So, the solution is to help promote and develop Invisioneer as an alternative hub for third-party apps. If we fail to do this, we all will suffer.

It would also like to see IPS do more to promote here and individual app vendors.

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Hi @Como

The closure of the Market has been great in terms of the removal of development restrictions.
But the problem, as you said, is stopping purchases and support from 3rd-party apps. We are all waiting for the release of version 5, but as @JoelR said, even buyers may wait several months until version 5 is stabilized. Therefore, no plan can be made for it. 
For now, I'm doing some custom work to see what happens.
Anyway, thank you for your comments, it will certainly help me decide.

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I think if you're active in the IPS community, let clients know that you're available and open to private work, you will have people who want to reach out to you.  The IPS client base is so large and there's always a demand for customization.  

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Sometimes I wonder if Developers on IPS ever visit other forums and see what's going on there. See tons of apps on xenforo not found on IPS. I think developers on IPS should develop apps that the public wants and not what they themselves want.  @ReyDev focus on apps that are useful to us. I like third-party apps.

ips is a CMS and should be utilized to the fullest 

 

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There are a lot of structural differences between XF and the IPS ecosystem (one of which is that one of them still allows developers to list on their website).  

XF is developed a lot slower. This is not a critique but an observation, and one of the huge benefits is that the third party developers may have years (like 3 to 5 years) for one version of their app. In IPS, you may have 1 - 2 years, before you're upgrading to the next major version.  

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On 4/24/2024 at 7:46 PM, JoelR said:

I'm a big fan of purchasing 3rd party apps and a believer that modifications are a strategic advantage for independent communities.  

I can only speak for myself. I am definitely holding off on any new purchase or custom requests on v4. I also probably won't do anything for the first 6-9 months of v5 to allow the platform to mature (and I tend to be an early adopter).  

This. And: At the moment I‘m buying only 3rd party apps who help me to be prepared for V5 – a tags management app for example because we have >4000 tags.

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On 6/7/2024 at 4:05 PM, envy said:

Sometimes I wonder if Developers on IPS ever visit other forums and see what's going on there... develop apps that the public wants and not what they themselves want.

Sure I do but in first case I develop stuff I need for projects that I'm working on and then share them with the public.

Why don't you simply tell us what you want on sites like this?

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On 6/7/2024 at 9:05 AM, envy said:

Sometimes I wonder if Developers on IPS ever visit other forums and see what's going on there. See tons of apps on xenforo not found on IPS. I think developers on IPS should develop apps that the public wants and not what they themselves want.  @ReyDev focus on apps that are useful to us. I like third-party apps.

ips is a CMS and should be utilized to the fullest 

@envy You're right.
After the market was closed and the application release restrictions were removed, I decided to develop many applications on this platform, but unfortunately, it coincided with the release of version 5. Currently, we are waiting for the release of version 5. We'll see what I will release in the future, provided they don't announce new changes (eg, version X) or close third-party apps.

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Hello,

I use IPS primarily for commerce, so my website constantly needs new plugins, maintenance, and other things of that nature. Unfortunately, when IPS removed the marketplace, it became difficult to find new plugins to purchase and developers who specialize in commerce features. I can see why many website owners are waiting until V5, but since they are removing the support ticket system, I will not update to v5 for a while. Reading other's comments, I learned that removing the marketplace allowed more freedom, but as a customer, having a central location for plugins helped a ton.
 

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On 6/19/2024 at 11:46 PM, Zennuie said:

Hello,

I use IPS primarily for commerce, so my website constantly needs new plugins, maintenance, and other things of that nature. Unfortunately, when IPS removed the marketplace, it became difficult to find new plugins to purchase and developers who specialize in commerce features. I can see why many website owners are waiting until V5, but since they are removing the support ticket system, I will not update to v5 for a while. Reading other's comments, I learned that removing the marketplace allowed more freedom, but as a customer, having a central location for plugins helped a ton.
 

I agree, and I fully plan on keeping this free Marketplace Directory alive for many years!  

As long as there are developers who are willing to list on here, I'm willing to keep this place open 🙂  

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There will always be a group of recipients interested in applications for IPS4 as well as the new IPS5.  Without developers and their ideas, forums will not stand out, or their basic functionality will be limited if they have to rely only on what the forum engine itself provides.

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