Craft Prototype, from InVision

Design, prototype, and collaborate seamlessly

#3 Product of the WeekMay 18, 2017
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Today we’re thrilled to share the latest from Craft—meet Craft Prototype, your tool for prototyping directly inside Sketch. When your designs are right at your fingertips, you can make faster, smarter decisions about your prototype. With Craft Prototype, we’re bringing a new level of context and continuity to your workflow. That means better products—faster. Now, just add hotspot to any layer in your Sketch project. Then, link it to an artboard with a desktop or mobile gesture and create transitions by fading, sliding, rotating, and more. You’ll instantly get a bird’s eye view of how your screens are connected. Sync your screens to InVision with Craft Sync and with just a click, you can preview your work, share with your team, and collaborate in real time. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
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@clarkvalberg Woo! Can't wait to try it!
@sdgates thanks for the love @sdgates! Drop me a line and let me know what you think!
@clarkvalberg congrats on all the great work the inVision team are doing with Craft. This is brilliant news, looking forward to giving it a go. Is there any thought around implementing transitions at the layer/object level in addition to screen transitions? Would definitely be handy for higher fidelity prototypes. Thanks!
@clarkvalberg I'm really excited about this Clark! Great work!
@clarkvalberg Big fan of InVision, and Craft looks solid.
Very excited to finally get a chance to try to out in production! After I had the opportunity to play around with the initial beta several months back, the potential was immediately obvious – but with this official release, it's definitely taken to the next level. I'm really excited by how it not only integrates the initial prototyping features of Silver Flows, but also shows the actual flows between screens, similar to what can be achieved with the User Flows plug-in. Good job, Craft team!
@morten_ec Thanks so much Morten this means the world to our team!!!
I've waited about a year or so for this plugin starting with Silver Flows. Downside: This does not let me prototype "inside" Sketch. It just syncs the hotspots and actions over to Invisionapp to coincide with the functions already available there. I could just use the View Controller plugin and send it all over to Framer where I then would make things more complex or use the Click-thru plugin and emulate on the browser. I would also just use the User Flows plugin to create a visual rep of the overall flow just as easily. This downside is obviously subjective but I really thought I would be able to create click-able prototypes right inside Sketch or something similar to the Mirr.io plugin/app. For a lot of users out there, we want something more robust than what Adobe XD has to offer in terms of in-app prototyping, and we may not want the only option of syncing it to invisionapp. I believe there should be 2 options, And! the ability to export the prototype to HTML! I'm sure the team at Invision is already doing so, but i...don't *underbreath* wanna wait another year.. Great Job Guys!
@simeonduke More is coming to XD! Sit tight ;)
@clarkvalberg: Impressed by balance of velocity and thoughtfulness you and your team demonstrate with each new product. InVision is bit like Motown between '59-72. Founders: InVision's product strategy is a masterclass case study in what happens when you understand your market better than everyone else and can move on those insights with speed and precision.
@dankaplan You're too kind sir... also your allusion to motown inspired by to crank some Michael McDonald tunes while wrapping work today. :)
@dankaplan that means a lot coming from you Dan!

I mostly use Craft for syncing with Invision and the library to always have the last update for the colors and text styles of our style guide. It's really useful, and I can't complain except when it makes Sketch suddenly crash. At first, I thought this was a Sketch problem, but after looking into it, I learned that Craft could be sometimes instable. Still, it's worth the risk 😉

Pros:

Really easy to update screens on Invision directly from Sketch. The library feature is also great!

Cons:

Sometimes makes Sketch crash and that can be both annoying and scary.