While we currently don’t have a minting service, it’s in the planning for 2023. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start using venster.io today. One of the strengths of Cardano is that NFTs are not tied to a centralised service. So as long as you implement the Venster Metadata Standard correctly, you can mint your NFTs anywhere you want.
Monolithic on-chain projects store all the necessary code in one single NFT. One advantage of this approach is that it’s easy to render by viewers, but it’s an inefficient use of block space because the same code is copied hundreds or thousands of times.
Modular on-chain projects store shared data in separate NFTs to avoid code duplication. Only what makes NFTs unique, or what constitutes the artwork, is stored in the NFTs buyers receive.
Pioneering artworks on Cardano using this approach are unsigned_algorithms and DendroRithms. The Venster Metadata Standard implements the same idea.
The VMS is a standard for structuring NFT metadata. It’s an extension of the existing CIP 25 standard. Its main goal is to create a convention to store on-chain NFTs modularly to avoid code duplication and drastically reduce the amount of data stored. It also describes a way to reference external dependencies that are difficult or impossible to store on-chain.
Cardano is an oddball in the crypto space, but its differences are also its strengths. That’s especially true for NFTs with the implementation of native tokens. On Cardano, NFTs are not tied to smart contracts, which makes them more homogeneous. Anyone can mint an NFT anywhere, and if conventions are followed, they will be rendered correctly by any viewer. That’s a big plus for decentralisation.
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