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Thanks Nacho from Hadron (:
Hello Arnor, feel free to DM your email and I'll send you an invite.
Hello Ryan! Thank you for the warm words! Some fair questions you got there.
We're not sure if we'll offer Relate as a self-hosted solution. We do plan to open-source parts of Relate since we created some solutions that others might benefit from, like our design system.
I think the current paradigm-shifting in design tools is that we now understand that the tools should get closer to the development environment and manipulate it directly. Unlike the existing tools, that built primarily for ideation, a new category of "production" tools is rising, because creating the actual living thing makes a lot more sense.
Therefore, I believe the code is the source of truth for a design system since this is what eventually applied to the actual product.
So yes, we do aim to become the tool that runs "the source of truth." Eventually, you will be able to sync your components library using GIT and use it as a dependency in another codebase. And yes, importing is something that we're working on and built the foundation to support it. We see this as two challenges: 1. The ability to export the code, and then, when it changes on the other side it syncs back in Relate (two-ways) 2. The ability to handle external code-component libraries and use them as a dependency in a Relate project. Imagine Storybook, with the ability to compose with the components in real-time. (like Framer, but in the browser). Will love to know your thoughts on this.
Please DM me your email, and I'll send you an invite!
Hey Roman, thanks for letting us know! We're working on a simple drag-and-drop for the stage (artboard) and it pushes us to get it faster.
Hey Benjamin! Thank you for trying Relate and for the feedback, we are surely going to fix the contrast issue.
About the night model - We will probably do it down the road (so many essential things to focus on first).
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Hopefully, early 2019
We are doing it (for the web) in https://relate.app. Relate will have states behavior in the 1st release so that you can interact it down the road too.
A project in Relate is a mixture of generated code by Relate, and custom code that is written manually and can be manipulated from the "outside." It is challenging, but we are overcoming it (for example, custom code can wrap automated code) The code output is trackable, so we can look for changes in the custom code and bring it into Relate, or manage conflicts. GIT technology is already doing part of the job, and we are adopting it to work for us somehow (well, yeah, it is one of the main challenges).
We don't do vector stuff, and the focus is currently on creating the fundamentals which are layouts, styles, elements, components...
Phase, Relate, and other innovative design tools share the same promise, but I believe that its the "how" that will make the difference. In general, I think Phase focuses on being an end-to-end design tool (both vector and systematic design features + output for all platforms) while Relate focuses on the web platform and fully embraces its paradigm.
Thanks Dan - Can't wait to hear what you think once it's ready (:
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