Stability AI (which is developing the Stable Diffusion model open source) is releasing an open source version of DreamStudio, a commercial editor for AI image generation. The company said that the new release, dubbed StableStudio, “marks a new chapter” in the development of the platform and will serve as a demonstration of the company’s “commitment to open source development.”
Creating an open source version of DreamStudio has benefits for Stability AI. It allows community developers to improve and experiment with the interface, and the company potentially benefits from these improvements. In its press release, Stability AI emphasized the importance of building a community, noting that “From being able to develop locally to experimenting with the new plugin system, we’ve tried our best to make everything extensible for external developers.”
Stability AI has relied on an open development approach in the past to generate interest in its products. Various versions of Stable Diffusion have been freely available for download and customization since the model’s public release in August 2022, and last month the company released a set of large language models (LLMs) under the generic name StableLM. Stability AI Founder and CEO Emad Mostak has been outspoken about the importance of providing open source AI tools to increase public trust, arguing that “open models will be important for closed data.”
However, the company’s approach sometimes seems not to be focused enough. For example, StableStudio will be available alongside DreamStudio and possibly compete with it. The company has previously said it plans to generate revenue by creating customized versions of DreamStudio for corporate clients, but it’s unclear how successful this strategy will be. Recent reports suggest that the company is burning its investments, noting that its most important models, such as Stable Diffusion, were created in collaboration with other companies.