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Blocs (blocsapp.com)

5 years ago from , Founder at cappuccinoatwork

16 comments

  • Stephen ThomasStephen Thomas, 5 years ago

    Was about to purchase a copy when I read the terms and conditions:

    "Once activated the software will run offline but will be required to connect to our servers at least once every 30 days."

    That means, of course, that the app becomes useless if the company goes out of business.

    No thanks.

    7 points
    • Taron GhazaryanTaron Ghazaryan, 5 years ago

      If an app gets abandoned, you should probably start looking for other solutions. In any case, releasing an update that disables that feature would be the responsible thing to do.

      0 points
      • Stephen ThomasStephen Thomas, 5 years ago

        True enough on both points. But if the app is abandoned after I've built several web sites, I might still wish to maintain those web sites. And indeed it would be responsible to disable the "feature" before going dark, but we have no assurance that the developers would do so.

        1 point
  • Crampa ...Crampa ..., 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Who is this targeted towards? It's not flexible for enough for a professional designer or developers but probably too involved for clients.

    I guess beginner designers who want to make trendy prototypes?

    4 points
  • Mike Johnson, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Love the interface's look and feel. Some requests after experimenting for 30 minutes:

    • Support for single-page websites. You can only populate the header bloc nav links by creating new pages. Perhaps make nav links bricks and allow adding adjacent bricks to populate the nav links? I just want hyperlinks that jump down the page.
    • Would love a header bloc that is solely nav links centered in the bloc. No company text. Sometimes I design single-page sites where the first body bloc contains the company logo front and center.
    • Basic JavaScript support, at least to start. Let me give bricks/blocs IDs/classes, and allow me to include JavaScript files that are loaded before the body tag close. I'm not asking for a built-in text editor, I'll write my JavaScript in ST3, but let me include the files in my Blocs project. I might suggest the same thing for external CSS files.
    • CSS animations.
    • SVG files as supported file type for the image brick.
    • Preview in browser.

    Currently I would only use Blocs for prototyping. I mean, I could use the export HTML/CSS of Blocs as a base for my project and create the rest in my editors of choice, but I would never be able to go back to Blocs because the ".bloc" file would be outdated (I had this problem with Macaw too). How I would like to use Blocs is to fully develop simple static websites (mostly single-page) from start to finish. The only thing I want to use a text editor for is external CSS/JS files that I can include into my site from within Blocs.

    Great start nonetheless!

    3 points
  • Benjamin MouchBenjamin Mouch, 5 years ago

    Would love to hear more about the quality of this if other people have experience. Really enjoyed the entry video though, reminded me of some of the advertisements Apple has put out (soft piano music in the background with focus on the product in the video..

    2 points
  • Joe TurnerJoe Turner, 5 years ago

    That video is touching somehow, must be the music.

    2 points
  • Jason LiJason Li, 5 years ago

    This looks really cool, might give it a try.

    The only thing that bothered me was in the video intro, the header proper cased "Home" but not "contact". Small unimportant detail :P

    1 point
  • Mike MulveyMike Mulvey, 5 years ago

    I just downloaded Blocs and I think it looks (and works) great. It's still very beta, but it has a lot of potential.

    I'm just curious about the the target market Blocs.

    In face of full solutions like Wordpress & Squarespace, Blocs feels like a partial solution. A feature, not a product (to paraphrase Jobs, I know, he was proven wrong about Dropbox).

    I think it's likely Blocs becomes a platform itself, or gets bought by a bigger company.

    1 point
    • Mason LawlorMason Lawlor, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      I always dreamed of my agency building a tool like this. It would make dealing w/ low budget clients a synch, because you could essentially have them build it and then skim over it and clean it up then implement it and deploy it.

      So I think the missing link would be the deployment factor. Which is why I think an agency would hugely benefit from this tool. Maybe I'll give it a try with clients w/ budgets under $2.5-5k. :)

      0 points
  • Kris KimKris Kim, 5 years ago

    Just played a bit. Liked simplicity and exported codes and all, but it was unclear how to remove blocks. But loved the software.

    0 points
  • Robert Malko, 5 years ago

    I think it'd be great for the ability to create your own bloc's as an immediate next step. Being able to create your own components would be huge. That way people could build up a library that hooks into the Bootstrap Material Design as an example.

    0 points
    • Andrea Cervellin, 5 years ago

      Absolutely! I am playing right now at it would be very nice to be able to create your own library of blocs!

      1 point
  • Andrea Cervellin, 5 years ago

    I was waiting for this app since couple of weeks. Downloaded the trial and seems very nice and intuitive. Wonder what is the quality of the code generated. Will give it a try in the coming days. Someone else gave it a try?

    0 points
    • Lance BoerLance Boer, 5 years ago

      I just played around with the demo very briefly, and the generated code seems to be clean and well organized. A couple of the elements I added could use some tweaking when it comes to responsiveness.

      If nothing else, this looks like a nice, quick option for prototyping, or throwing together a landing page or similar.

      1 point