Its not every day the product you love just comes to a halt after it gets acquired. Pixate is one such product. This is not a rant or negative post to show they failed, but in fact to show that they actually succeeded that its heart breaking to see that its not getting updated.
Few pixate community threads to show whats happening
This is from their blog, Its not been updated since the acquisition.
We don’t want to stop there. Our small team at Pixate has some really big ideas, and with the help of Google we’ll be able to bring those ideas to the design community at scale. We’ve become an essential part of the workflow for tens of thousands of designers, and are excited about expanding our mission at Google to reach millions of product teams worldwide.
I wanted them to really scale up, because they are part of Google now!
Even in their community, users have created a separate thread asking whether Pixate is dead?
Hi all! First of all, I want to say that seeing your responses does show us that you care about Pixate and it's progress. This means a lot to us, so thank you. As Andrew had mentioned in @kvniekerk's post9, we have things we're working on and while we can't realistically give an ETA for these, we're getting closer to the release. It's true, our progress has appeared to slow down from your standpoint, but I can assure you we're doing a lot of testing inside Google to ensure everything works great, once we release it to the masses. Again, seeing everyone's concerns has proven we've created something people can be passionate about and that's exactly what drives us to further evolve Pixate. Thanks for being awesome!
Again, This all makes sense from their perspective. They might be going through a lot of stuff and they want to push a fully working feature out, rather than pushing out buggy feature. But as an user, I've spend some time learning to make things work in Pixate, I dedicated my productive hours making things work through watching countless tutorials and videos. Now when I know I cannot do certain things in Pixate, My immediate thought is when its coming, and its saddened to see that there is no ETA on when its coming.
Now I have two option, Either learn another prototyping tool. I'm ready to do that. And then what if they get acquired?
This is the cycle guys,
*See a kickass product -> Fall in love -> Use it everywhere -> Product get acquired -> Trying to not lose hope and still use the product -> Product closes its doors / stop their support -> See another product *