Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Graphics, User Interfaces "What if all software was open source? Anybody would then be able to add custom features to Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes or any other program. A University of Washington project may make this possible." Yeah I know, odd headline - couldn't find anything better.
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by raboof on Wed 31st Mar 2010 22:43 UTC
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While this will allow some interesting tweaks and will have its uses there, it is still a LONG cry from the power that open-source yields.

Basically you get to manipulate the front-end of the application, but not the business logic or the back-end interfaces.

Let's take a dictionary application as an example.

You'll be able to change things at the front-end layer: the location of some widgets, perhaps even narrower search options, add 'look up in Wikitionary' links, things like that.

You won't be able to extend the logic and data layers: you won't be able to add a 'phonetic search' feature. You won't be able to store an extra field of information for each word. Unless the application already has 'add word'-UI you won't be able to add functionality to pull new words from a website like Wikitionary. If the application is being smart about pretty-printing/marking up the text, you probably won't even be able to reformat the text and fix rendering mistakes.

The list goes on and on.

Edited 2010-03-31 22:44 UTC

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RE: Limited
by WorknMan on Wed 31st Mar 2010 22:53 in reply to "Limited"
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In a way though, it would be more useful. Sure, it wouldn't be as flexible as having the source code available, but seriously... how many people do you think are going to dive into the Photoshop source code to the point where they could actually do something with it? Even if one had time to do so, how many are skilled enough at programming to be able to pull something like that off.

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