Polypane: a browser for designers and developers(polypane.rocks)

over 2 years ago from Kilian Valkhof, Founder @ Polypane.app

  • Matt KMatt K, over 2 years ago

    Hi Kilian, thanks for your reply.

    I don't want to dump on your idea because fundamentally it's a good one – being able to preview all breakpoints at once would be really handy.

    However it's just that: handy.

    In comparison, Sketch only costs $8.25 per month, and Marvel $12. These are my essential design tools, and your product is more expensive than them.

    I do understand a lot of work has gone into it and you want to make a viable business, but those prices, even with a free trial are offputting.

    About the trial: 7 days is very short – even Sketch and Marvel offer at least 14 days. It needs to be enough time for the product to be fully embedded into people's workflows, so doing without would be difficult – and therefore find the motivation to put together a business case and get the spend authorised.

    More thought on pricing: The features for team and enterprise plans, which are more expensive than the single user plans, seem to be solely around billing or licence management. There doesn't seem to be any features that would make me or my team's lives better, for example collaboration or cloud sync.

    For desktop software, which this is, rather than a cloud-based SaaS, which the pricing structure is emulating, I'd expect a volume licensing programme, where the cost is reduced depending on the number of licences bought.

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    • Kilian Valkhof, over 2 years ago

      Hi Matt, thanks for this thoughtful reply!

      These are all good points and I'll think about them. Making it a viable business is what's most important to me and that means making sure that people understand and agree with the proposition, and find the price acceptable. It seems so far enough people do, but obviously here on Designer news I've been getting more pushback and that's a signal I'll take into consideration.

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