Macaw sneak peek.(

7 years ago from David Hoogland, Founder / Designer Moonbase Co.

  • Colm TuiteColm Tuite, 7 years ago

    This looks like a great tool but I'm confused as to why all of these tools feel the need to output code? Macaw's tagline is "Stop writing code. Start drawing it.". What's wrong with writing code? In my experience, writing code is much more efficient than drawing it.

    If we're working on a complex app that utilizes responsive design, responsive images, conditional loading, lazy loading, HAML, SASS and Rails, handing me a bunch of CSS styles outputted by a WYSIWYG editor is as good as useless.

    I need a tool that helps me visualize multiple iterations of my design ideas quickly at a bunch of different screen sizes. I don't need any help writing code. I have VIM for that.

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    • Axel ValdezAxel Valdez, 7 years ago

      I agree with you completely. I have been writing code for a long time. I'm pretty good at it, and I'm not afraid of "having to type it all", I actually like it and I'm convinced it's the way it should be —browsers speak code, after all.

      What we need is a rapid prototyping thing, with a browser embedded, that allows us to test layouts and other design elements quickly at different screen sizes and using different rendering engines. I don't need to write code in that stage, I need to test and trash ideas quickly.

      I may just end up using macaw for exactly this anyway, but as it's not the thing it's designed for, it will surely keep short at it.

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