Luca Benazzi

Designer Joined about 6 years ago

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  • Posted to My journey to build a Text Editor that allows you to create software with no code, in reply to Joao da Maia , Nov 02, 2020

    I am actually impressed you've already managed to do so much, just by yourself!

    Yes, I see the Welcome page when I login and that's a very useful tutorial, went through but cannot see a preview. A 404 page is generated on both Chrome and Firefox for Mac. You've also posted a link to a demo page somewhere, could not see that, I encourage you to show examples.

    Rather than text editor, I would call this an app builder that uses markdown instead of code.

    Side note: i could not login, my password manager put first and last name instead of email, and the error message is a tooltip instead of a standard error message with red colour, so it took me a while to understand an error was being returned.

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  • Posted to My journey to build a Text Editor that allows you to create software with no code, Oct 28, 2020

    Very interesting how you use markdown in combination with autosuggest, that opens the door to a lot of different possibilities. I cannot see the preview as I am getting a 4040 page and the demo page only shows an empty box, but I think this has great potential. If you keep developing it until you can really build apps, the way that Bubble does, that's going to be very promising. I would need to see a demo to understand what you can do with this, and in which cases I would use this instead of Bubble/Webflow. Would be good to have integrations with tools like Contentful (open end CMS), in order to manage complex databases. It's great to see a new project based on the "no code" concept, building GUIs should be visual because code is just an artifact, but the GUI is by definition visual, and conditional logic can also be better expressed in the form of diagrams. "Text editor" is misleading to me, if you can use this to build apps. A text editor would produce formatted text as an output, this claims to do a lot more.

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  • Posted to Prosaic: an intentionally simple, static blogging platform, Oct 26, 2020

    I may not be a primary target as I would only use it occasionally, as an alternative to Medium, when I need to publish something that does not fit the content of the websites I own. There's two things that instantly turn me off: 1) The monthly subscription. I understand the running costs would be on a monthly basis, and people who want to start a blog may be fine with that, but myself, no way I am going to pay regularly for something that I may use occasionally. 2) Not enough details on the features available, e.g. SEO. Other than that, I did like the tagline "intentionally simple" and I think this has potential. I am not a big fun of Medium but could not find a substitute that would be easy enough to use, worry-free. I could even pay for a tier of article available, but again, not on a regular basis and not too much.

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  • Posted to A tool for building web apps entirely in the front end, Dec 17, 2019

    Looks promising, keep going!

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  • Posted to Saving web pages as PDFs in 2019, a real challenge, in reply to Ken Em , Dec 17, 2019

    Not sure what you mean

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  • Posted to The vandalisation of UX, May 07, 2019

    It certainly makes some valid points.

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  • Posted to Introducing InVision Studio, in reply to Steve O'Connor , Apr 17, 2019

    UX Pin sort of does that. The animation builder is not as powerful as the one in Axure, but the closest. It's also web-based (Figma has been lying, making everybody believe they've created the very first cloud-based prototyping tool). The problem with UX pin used to be the poor management of components and overrides, and the performance not as good as Figma, but that was some time ago.

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  • Posted to Introducing InVision Studio, in reply to João Faraco , Apr 17, 2019

    In fact I believe that despite all the limitations, Bubble (or its evolution) IS the tool we are talking about. It's not advertised as a prototyping tool and it's still not user friendly and flexible enough, but it does allow to program without writing code, and includes conditional logic and database management, something that only Axure can do. But Axure is a prototyping tool, it mimics that only, is mostly limited to front-end, and the code is not production ready. Bubble code is.

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  • Posted to Unofficial new Berlin rapid transit route map, in reply to Toby Keller , Apr 11, 2019

    As a confirmation, here is the real vs compact view: https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/6baefh/berlin_subway_map_compared_to_its_real_geography/

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  • Posted to Unofficial new Berlin rapid transit route map, in reply to Toby Keller , Apr 11, 2019

    Good point, indeed. When I saw the map initially, after a quick look I thought this map wanted to be a close representation of the real world, with distances that reflect the real ones, and the real, irregular shape of the Ringbahn. That would have the advantage of giving a more realistic representation at the expense of readability (given that it would be possible to represent it in a compact way, which might not be the case). Looking at this map more accurately, though, it's actually clear that it's a blend between the two: most lines are bent 45° and therefore what's the point of making only the ringbahn irregular? Because it's nice to see the dog's face profile?! I miss the rationale behind this choice, it actually makes no sense.

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