Should InVision purchase Layervault?

almost 7 years ago from , UX/UI Designer, McGarrah Jessee

Layervault provided a unique and powerful service. Now that it's gone and Pixelapse is in limbo (since Dropbox purchased it), there is a serious vacuum for file repo/syncing services, especially in enterprise environments.

Trying to figure out how to bring back this great tool!

My favorite idea is a purchase by InVision and roll the functionality into their product. It seems like such natural combination.

Making Layervault open source and dropping it on Git Hub wouldn't work (for us) because of the need to maintain the system locally and the massive storage requirements and maintenance. An open-source solution might work for individuals or small groups, but I'm talking about a 50+ group of creatives.

Any thoughts? How do we get InVision interested? Is there someone else who should purchase it?


  • Nick Dominguez, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    Bohemian Coding would make a good buyer and here's why:

    • LayerVault works with Sketch files really well (Supposedly, I have no experience)

    • If tightly integrated, LayerVault would compliment Sketch by providing 1-click or seamless syncing and versioning directly inside the application. A few small changes and LayerVault's UI would fit perfectly into Bohemian Coding's look and feel.

    • LayerVault could also provide a nice source of recurring revenue for Bohemian Coding. I could see them providing tiered levels of service for individuals and teams as well as running promotions like "Buy Sketch and your first 6 months of LayerVault are free!"

    • Bohemian Coding could also look at expanding LayerVault's functionality and turn it into something more like "Basecamp for Creatives" I never understood why LayerVault didn't move more in this direction.

    I'm not an expert at business and don't fully understand the inner workings of LayerVault and Bohemian Coding so take this all with a grain of salt. But I would personally be excited to see something like this happen.

    26 points
    • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, almost 7 years ago

      They would probably kill Photoshop support though, which would be unfortunate.

      3 points
    • Julian LloydJulian Lloyd, almost 7 years ago

      Somewhat off topic, but I’m glad a "Basecamp for Creatives" is something you’ve thought about… be careful what you wish for!

      It’s going to be a hot summer ;)

      1 point
  • Casey BrittCasey Britt, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    LayerVault wasn't sustainable. They built a nice product, but there wasn't enough of a market for it. I don't know if InVision (or any other company) is going to be able to fix the problems that caused Layervault to go under.

    19 points
    • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, almost 7 years ago

      I agree. People seem to be presuming as if the Layervault service was profitable and could easily have been purchased by Bohemian or Invision to make themselves (Bohemian/Invision) even more profitable. But as far as I understand, that's not the case, and making it profitable and sustainable will require more than just a revival from either one of the services.

      1 point
    • James Young, almost 7 years ago

      I'm not sure why this isn't the top answer in the thread.

      0 points
    • Jeff Miller, over 6 years ago

      I wish I knew the problems the problems that caused Layervault to go under. They canceled their Enterprise product at the exact moment we had gotten management approval to purchase it.

      I don't know any creative shop that wouldn't benefit from dead simple file/folder syncing and versioning.

      0 points
  • Stefan Rauch, almost 7 years ago

    Email Clark, the CEO. Clark at InvisionApp.com

    8 points
  • Dan BerkoDan Berko, almost 7 years ago

    I'm a bit more a Marvel fan, so I'd vote for them to pick up the service. ;)

    6 points
  • Sherizan SheikhSherizan Sheikh, almost 7 years ago

    Invision has all the features: file syncing, collaboration, liveshare, prototyping. Its quite a complete product.

    5 points
    • Marc HottingerMarc Hottinger, almost 7 years ago

      Invision is a great tool, indeed. The major downside is its inability to manage a mix of desktop, tablet and smartphone (a.k.a. responsive) mockups in a project. LayerVault was a more down-to-earth solution. Keep it Simple Stupid as they say…

      1 point
    • Benjamin Mikiten, almost 7 years ago

      It's got a lot, but I don't think you can recover old versions, can you?

      1 point
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, almost 7 years ago

    I thought GitHub would've been a decent fit.

    3 points
    • Jeff Miller, almost 7 years ago

      I think so too. If Layervault is just going to die, definitely throw it on GitHub.

      My preference would be for someone to buy and provide support though.

      0 points
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, almost 7 years ago (edited almost 7 years ago )

    NOBODY SHOULD BUY ANYBODY! As designers the last thing we need it's software to be owned by one company. (Adobe comes to mind). We want competition and healthy. As much as I'm sad to make LayerVault leave, they should have been more aggressive with their pricing. We can't afford more Microsofts and Adobes in the world monopolizing all the software. All this new companies that are popping everywhere is a result of people coming up with good ideas and making a good business plan.

    0 points
    • Jeff Miller, over 6 years ago

      Layervault is dead unless another business buys and resurrects it.

      I'm against software consolidation as well, but combining the functionality of InVision and Layervault makes a ton of sense.

      0 points
  • Benjamin Mikiten, almost 7 years ago

    This would make one hell of a service. InVision certainly does a lot now, but being able to roll back to old versions would make it perfect. Plus all the other cool shit Layervault had going for it.

    0 points
  • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, almost 7 years ago

    Tweet Pieter Omvlee, Founder of Bohemian Coding.

    0 points
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, almost 7 years ago

    They already made their decision, obviously.

    0 points