• Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 3 years ago

    This looks like a good start and the tool has potential. Let's see how they do over the next couple of months and hope they don't do what XD did (which is nothing of note after introducing one standout feature - repeat grids).

    Although, from having played with it, I think their focus on interaction is a mistake. Sure creating prototypes with amazing animations that will make the entire dev team not speak to you again for a week is cool, but that's not where the bulk of design work is and I think this would need:

    • version control
    • a way to share component libraries with others
    • handover tools (think about the devs who have to learn a whole new tool just to be able to get measurements and states from a design file)
    • a way to share prototypes; they can already run in a browser, why not make it easy to share this with people who don't have the tool?
    • there doesn't seem to be a way to set guides
    7 points
    • Hüseyin YilmazHüseyin Yilmaz, 3 years ago

      Exactly have the same thoughts. Framer X has strong potential but there are so much missing.

      1 point
    • louie solomonlouie solomon, 3 years ago

      Maybe I'm missing something, but is there really a focus on detailed animation prototyping? Seems like other than scrolling, the prototyping tool has about the same amount of functionality as Sketch, which isn't a whole lot.

      0 points
      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 3 years ago

        Frame can do a lot in terms of animations because you can code custom animations, so that you can make super fancy animations that will never get coded but will earn you tons of likes on dribbble.

        1 point
        • louie solomonlouie solomon, 3 years ago

          I think the idea is that the code that you prototype inside of Framer is production-ready, built using react native components.

          That's why there are already perfectly working Twitch, YouTube, Twitter etc. code components in the Framer component store; they are basically interchangeable.

          0 points
          • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 3 years ago

            Really? That would be really cool, do they have any articles on this?

            0 points
            • Xaris Rattas, 3 years ago

              Indeed, they seem to focus on React native components, but for now the whole thing is a bit vague imho. Are those components really suitable for production work? Can they be used by the dev teams, or should they be coded again - so there will be no real gain? I'm not really in React yet, but from some talks with our devs, they don't get how a design tool could do that. Guess we'll have to wait and see...

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              • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 3 years ago

                I think if a design tool could output production ready react components they would have made a much bigger deal about jt. What I think the original comment is refferjng to is the fact that the animations are using react code, which is ok I guess but not everyone uses react and that is not nearly as impressive.

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