Macaw is joining InVision(macaw.co)

7 years ago from Henry Moran, Product Designer @ Badger Studios

  • Shakti DashShakti Dash, 7 years ago

    I am happy that invision owns it now. At least ensures a future for a promising idea. The kickstarter was an utter disappointment. Post release was utterly unfair to everyone who paid a good amount of money to see this come to life. Heck, even didn't update the menu bar since Mavericks! Macaw was at its best a prototyping tool and just generating fairly good html/css wasn't enough to appease any professional workflow. Looking forward to what's next.

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    • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 7 years ago

      I didn't think the Kickstarter was an utter disappointment at all, and people who said that after they shared the V1 beta were insane. They expected a polished, Adobe-level version 40 of a beta from a small independent team. Turns out developing software is hard, and bugs are always going to be an issue.

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      • Shakti DashShakti Dash, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

        Thanks for your comment and I respect your opinion. However, I reserve my thoughts not based on some bias or community but from my very own experience. I was one of the backers that made the Kickstarter idea a reality. It was a load of money for supporting a 3 person team plus they had enough funding (in tens of millions after) to do something substantial. I guess it all went into making Scarlet and hopefully it finally moulds into a workflow that we all deserve for the trust and support. I never said anything about Adobe quality (heck, even giants like Adobe have bugs). Bugs will always be there, that is not the point at all here. Just make a comparison of Webflow and Macaw, two companies that started alike vs what they offered. Macaw team had enough funding but didn't meet the expectations from several backers, me included through the version 1 release. At the most the max I could do with Macaw was to build a prototype. It was never something that could be utilised for challenges of a production environment. An MVP of the future of web design tool should have been more than this, provided the time and money they had. I wish the team the best with invision and hope that there would be something worthwhile at the end of all of this :) Peace.

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        • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 7 years ago

          They never raised tens of millions in funding. I don't think they ever even raised money after the <$300k on Kickstarter.

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          • Shakti DashShakti Dash, 7 years ago

            Don't remember where I read something related to this morning but I might have the stats wrong :) Sorry if I had stats wrong, I'd have expected them to seek funding then. Anyway, to conclude in more clear words—the team promised a product and delivered a version and then moved to build a product that they promised at the first place. Good to know that Scarlet+invision will make lives easy in future but people will tend to feel betrayed.

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