7 comments

  • Charlie McCullochCharlie McCulloch, over 6 years ago

    I bought this last month. It didn't work.

    1 point
  • Mindy NamMindy Nam, over 6 years ago

    I was 90% sold after reading the landing page but realizing that it's from the team behind Framerjs catapulted it to 100%. Will be checking it out tonight.

    1 point
  • Aaron GrandoAaron Grando, over 6 years ago

    Anybody have any hands-on experience working with Cactus? I'm intrigued.

    1 point
    • Dave SniderDave Snider, over 6 years ago

      I used it for a few years. If you come from a Django background it's a comparable static site generator to something like Jekyll, but maybe a little more bare bones.

      The app component was a nice addition because setting up Python / Django locally was a bit of a learning curve for people.

      Eventually though I wanted more out of it. Specifically I wanted a CMS layer. Building static sites with Django was fun and easy, but eventually I needed something I could pass to a client or update through an admin.

      I ended up building http://www.webhook.com to fill that need. Though built on Node, it uses Django-style templates and has a similar just download and run app. The main difference is we've got the deployed CMS that you can give to a client and that we come with hosting as part of the core product.

      My guess is Framer has turned out to be a more worthwhile time sink for Ken and his team, and Cactus (and likely Glu) weren't making considerable income, so they decided to just open them up without feeling guilty about supporting them so they could focus on Framer. Pure speculation on my part of course, I love their work and always keep an eye on Ken.

      Should be noted that Cactus has a command line version, which has been open source since the Sofa days.

      4 points
    • Mitch Malone, over 6 years ago

      I use it for my personal site. Cactus was my first experience with static site generators. I love it. I was new to Django and AWS but picked both up quickly. Definitely recommend cactus.

      0 points
  • Ard BlokArd Blok, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I'm using Mixture.io now which does basically the same thing (I think). Any people who have experience with both?

    0 points
    • Aryon HopkinsAryon Hopkins, over 6 years ago

      Very limited experience with Mixture.io and Cactus. I've also tried CodeKit, Scout and WebStorm.

      I couldn't configure Cactus to work. I was confused by .liquid templates of Mixture. Scout is so minimalist that I didn't see the advantage over just using the command line.

      I have only been working with them this week based on the recommendations from Foundation: http://foundation.zurb.com/docs/sass.html#other

      Currently confused, Aryon

      0 points