FW Editor: What are your plans or objectives in the near future?
Davide Scheriani: Currenty i'm developing for iPad and iPhone too and I believe I'll stay on Mobile for quite a long.
FW Editor: How and when did you start writing the code for AutoRender? What inspired you the most? Do you plan to develop new software, or are you more focused on optimizing the current ones?
Davide Scheriani: I wrote AutoRender because at the time (around 2001), I was doing 3D animations and I needed something to handle my queue of scenes for me, meanwhile I was busy on other things. I was doing rendering day and night, so this need was really high.
So I wrote it and I thought to start sell it and the results were really good because people love it at the first run.
AutoRender for now is at its 1.3 release, no new features at the moment. I tried with a UK studio to implement the network render over multiple machines (a huge renderfarm with 20 PowerMac, 8 Core each), but right now there are some limitations on Maya and MentalRay.
Currently I'm more focus on Mobile doing some very serious stuff. But I look forward to go back on Desktop someday.
FW Editor: AutoRender is one of the best applications of its type. What is the secret?
Davide Scheriani: The secret relay in its simplicity of use. As "uncle" Steve (Jobs) always say: the best app is the one that "just works". :)
FW Editor: AutoRender is your first software and you have decided to release a Mac Os X application. Why Mac Os X and not Windows (that is far more profitable)?
Davide Scheriani: First because i'm deeply an Apple Fanatic, second because on Windows machine you can find other products like that, but not on OsX.
FW Editor: What are the advantages of using AutoRender over any other similar product?
Davide Scheriani: Because it's unique on OsX and the price per license.
FW Editor: Is there any customer support service for AutoRender users?
Davide Scheriani: The support service is the direct developer. What can you have better? :)
FW Editor: How can you describe AutoRender in one single word? Why?
Davide Scheriani: Neat; because you dont use it always, but when you need it, is there. Simple and straight forward.
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