Craft Prototype, from InVision

Design, prototype, and collaborate seamlessly

#3 Product of the WeekMay 18, 2017
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Reviews

 
  • Julie DelanoyDesign at Product Hunt
    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.

    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 😉

  • Anton Stenantonsten.com
    Pros: 

    I've struggled getting Invision incorporated into my workflow in the past. With it's direct connection to Sketch, it just *works*. Magic!

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Clark Valberg
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@clarkvalberg · CEO at InVisionApp.com
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!
Stephen Gates@sdgates · Creative Director, The Crazy One podcast
@clarkvalberg Woo! Can't wait to try it!
Clark Valberg
Hunter
@clarkvalberg · CEO at InVisionApp.com
@sdgates thanks for the love @sdgates! Drop me a line and let me know what you think!
Jonny Miles@jonnymiles · Head of Design, Mobula/Grabble
@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!
Greg Becker@gregbecker · UX Designer at eBay | Entrepreneur
@clarkvalberg I'm really excited about this Clark! Great work!
John Schenk@johnschenk · Founder at Taffy
@clarkvalberg Big fan of InVision, and Craft looks solid.
Stephen Olmstead@theolmstead · Design Partnerships @ InVision
@jonnymiles Hey Jonny- we're continuing to explore and push the envelope here. Right now this is screen-to-screen which mirrors well on the sync side with our InVision prototypes. That said were always trying to push the limits and layer/object level transitions is certainly something we've been exploring. The key here in all things is to keep the experience light, simple, and fast. Hit us up if you have any other questions and feedback! Thanks!
Gabe Sanchez@iamgabesanchez · Senior Product Designer, FiveStars
@clarkvalberg this is great but limiting without a native Android app (like InVision's iOS app). Any ETA on this?
Morten Christoffersen@morten_ec · Designer
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!
Stephen Olmstead@theolmstead · Design Partnerships @ InVision
@morten_ec Thanks so much Morten this means the world to our team!!!
Dan Kaplan@dankaplan · I help founders tell the right stories.
@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.
Stephen Olmstead@theolmstead · Design Partnerships @ InVision
@dankaplan You're too kind sir... also your allusion to motown inspired by to crank some Michael McDonald tunes while wrapping work today. :)
Clark Valberg
Hunter
@clarkvalberg · CEO at InVisionApp.com
@dankaplan that means a lot coming from you Dan!
Simeon Kim Duke@simeonduke · Product/Service Designer
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!
Sam Anderson@samdotdesign · XD Intern @ Adobe
@simeonduke More is coming to XD! Sit tight ;)
Duy Luong@dudu1618 · UX/UI Designer,front-end web developer
@simeonduke Same here!
Hari Mahesh@harimahesh · 2 Fashion Startups + 1 in Stealth
I've been using Craft since early Beta versions, and my favorite feature is auto-generation of names and easily pulling in images from the web. Along with other features as well, Craft serves to empower designers to continue the design process without anything holding us back and making our lives easier. Great tool @clarkvalberg and the entire team!