Ask DN: Successor to LayerVault?

over 5 years ago from Gabriele Cirulli, Creator of 2048; Freelance Designer & Developer.

  • Gabriele CirulliGabriele Cirulli, over 5 years ago

    Thanks, could you tell me something more about the pricing structure of Pixelapse? I couldn't find a number on their site. We have around 7 people directly involved in the design process (mostly as observers).

    We tried Invision a few months ago but it seemed a bit too rigid and opinionated for our liking, and the way commenting on mocks worked was just atrocious. Maybe they've changed since then, though.

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    • Graham Odds, 5 years ago

      Pixelapse is $15 per designer per month. That's what I've switched my team to trialling for now. So far it all seems pretty good really. The desktop syncing client seems a lot faster, more reliable and stable than LayerVault's. There are some differences but no deal breakers we've found yet.

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      • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 years ago

        Pixelapse was acquired by Dropbox early this year, and will be discontinued in 2016 — though they say some features will be implemented in Dropbox.

        I wonder if LayerVault's shutdown changed their plans in some way.

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        • Graham Odds, 5 years ago

          I doubt it to be honest. My interest in LayerVault was always the syncing and versioning first and foremost. The commenting, etc was a nice extra, but made the tool too broad in my opinion.

          Version control and code review are generally related but distinct tools for coders. I think that separation of concerns makes for better, more focused tools.

          The Dropbox acquisition of Pixelapse suggests their long-term strengths will be on the version control side of things, which is what I'm after.

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        • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 5 years ago

          How do you know it's going to be discontinued in 2016.

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          • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 5 years ago

            That's what I gathered from this paragraph in their announcement from January:

            Pixelapse as a standalone product will continue to operate and be supported for the next year as we work towards this goal, at which point we’ll offer a migration plan for your work.

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      • Mike Gintz, 5 years ago

        This pricing structure sucks, and is a deal-breaker for our use. Seems like it might work for an internal-only product design team, but at an agency where we need clients to have project-level access to leave comments, we can't afford to pay an extra 15 bucks per month per user every time a client wants to add a new person to their team! Oof. Thought this was the one!

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