What If We Made Bryce an Open Code Project -- Wait hear me out
So, I have been thinking. What if DAZ opened up Bryce code for developers.
First, not all Bryce users are developers so they could still charge for upgrades.
Second, if the code was opened (and I do not mean open source, but some kind of median where the code is released to allow developers to make mods to it and improve it but not lose the rights like open source does) then development would continue. In addition, there would also be enhancements and improvements made. It could really explode the Bryce community beyond what Blender has done.
Third, retaining the rights at DAZ and doing something like Apple does with their apps. You have to become a registered developer and then you get the code. After that any fixes you make, you have to submit back to DAZ where it will be tested and verified before included into a release. Having DAZ be the doorstop for Bryce releases and testing, it will ensure the users that it should be fairly stable releases that get produced.
Fourth, adding subscriptions like their platinum club where you can pay a yearly fee (nothing big maybe $25 a year) and you get the updates to Bryce for that year.
Fifth, Daz could have a special newsletter outlining bugs and issues and changes and updates and perhaps even list what developers are working on.
Finally, it would generate some additional income for DAZ. Official releases require DAZ screening would reduce the chance for bugs and code that is malware because you have to submit your code changes. In fact, they could use something like git or something where a developer who is registered could check out the code and then before check in could test against the latest that everyone has checked in. Then DAZ will do final testing before sending out a release which they could do semi-annually or quarterly.
I know there are obstacles and hurdles along the way. But this could really work and take my favorite project and help propel it forward. I know I would see what I could do to help.
Just a thought,