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Whatever happened to Google's prototyping tool, Stage?

12 months ago from , Lead Product Designer @ PlayStation

Stage

They announced this tool years ago. I presumed that it was the result of Google's purchase of Pixate, which was one of my favorite prototyping tools for mocking up detailed interactions. I was hoping Google would be able to fund improvements to it and rerelease it, maybe with new branding.

Anyone know what has happened to it?

14 comments

  • Harper Lieblich, 10 months ago

    Who would have thought that Google would loose interest in an entire product category just a few years after touting it as critical to their mission?

    20 points
  • Fredo Tan, 11 months ago

    ProtoPie, the ultimate replacement of Pixate.

    https://protopie.io

    4 points
    • Andy LeeAndy Lee, 11 months ago

      Whoa, awesome! Thanks so much for this, I had no clue this existed!

      0 points
      • Fredo Tan, 11 months ago

        You're welcome! How do you like it? :)

        0 points
        • Andy LeeAndy Lee, 11 months ago

          It's awesome!! It's everything Pixate was and more! Thanks a lot for the suggestion, I can't believe I hadn't heard of this before.

          0 points
    • adrian ioadrian io, 11 months ago

      In Pixate I was able to add code if I needed to - for more complex interactions or animations. I was also able to export some motion code to iOS. I can't see these features on the ProtoPie website.

      Do you know whether these features are available?

      0 points
    • Jeffrey Tovar, 1 month ago

      Whoa, did you just say "the ultimate replacement of Pixate"? Do you know how long I've been looking for something to replace that app? Nothing I've tried has even come close and it's been driving me nuts that Google bought them and dismantled the product.

      0 points
  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, 11 months ago

    I've been wondering this myself...

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  • Levin ~, 11 months ago

    A few years ago, they announced how they were working on two tools that somewhat coexisted: Stage and Gallery.

    If I had an inkling, Gallery may be the focus now as there has been huge competition in the field of interactive prototyping (which Stage seemed to solve for). Anyhow, I personally know they've been testing Gallery for over a few years because in Fall 2016, I did a user interview session with Google. In the session, they introduced the Gallery product and it seemed very far along. Who knows though!

    0 points
  • Fredo Tan, 11 months ago

    https://blog.prototypr.io/goodbye-pixate-hello-protopie-dfba9850b6fd#.ncfz51xsb

    About how ProtoPie replaces Pixate.

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  • BoBo Yang, 11 months ago

    Few months ago, the landing page include a beta testing subscription link(Refer to a google form to signup), and then the link has been removed. It's weird.

    0 points