Although technically PageCloud has some impressive features, I'm not really sure what problem this solves. Seems like it would scale really poorly for websites that are more than a couple of bespoke pages. It doesn't seem to handle relative sizing of elements well, and responsive web design seems to be right out the window with this approach. Accessibility also looks to be absent with general rubbish markup being dumped out after edits.
Looks to be a product for marketers to quickly put together a "working" website prototype, which is a cool idea to get novices playing around with web elements to communicate how they would structure web content. Deploying or managing a large website using PageCloud doesn't look a achievable outcome. Startups for startups it seems.
I agree. It's just so easy to drag things around but that doesn't make it easy to maintain a nice coherent design. No page structure is exposed in the editor (that I could tell), not even groups of elements. When I dragged the big text at the top of the page I left behind the white fake drop-shadow text, completely breaking the design. Overall as I played with it I had this weird sense that it's very easy to create chaos but it would require a lot of conscientious effort to create something orderly.
Impressive technology there, and nice to be able to play around with it on their page.
I have to admit that i'm still a little stuck on the "import complete sites" feature of this product. (Speaking of, wasn't there a section from the Disrupt video where they demo ripping down the Apple site and editing it?).
Anyhow, I get it, "everything is a remix", "steal like an artist", "markup is open-source", "inspiration", so on and so forth. Our medium is constantly evolving with an ever-shortening half-life, but something about enabling users to more easily use the work of another seems shameful. It's a piece of functionality that'll never replace the work of good designers, but it still feels wrong.
And like every other visual editor before it, the code is sub par and doesn't do a good enough job. As described by Scott above.