Famous

Design, publish, & track live web apps without coding

#5 Product of the DayMarch 26, 2019
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Famous is a design tool that enables designers to create, share, & publish stunning live mobile, tablet, and desktop experiences without coding. Share your designs live without needing to install anything on any device. Publish to any domain.
Reviews
  • Caleb Kingston
    Caleb KingstonCEO, BRAINSPIN
    Pros: 

    Seriously next level features for designing and publishing rich interactive web apps with amazing animations.

    Cons: 

    I’d love to see some APIs and ability for dynamic content in the future.

    If you are a designer that needs to publish quickly without relying on expensive developers, this is a must have! Even if you know code, there are a lot of cases where choosing Famous Studio will save you tons of time and be everything you need for publishing.

    Caleb Kingston has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    This is a very mature, capable, fast-moving and feature-rich platform that is definitely a game-changer.

    Cons: 

    Adding support for APIs, Dynamic content and code will likely allow this platform to establish dominance.

    I've been an Alpha user and so far it has really been amazing what we've been able to do with it. What's even more amazing is the jumps that the platform's capabilities make every time there's a new update. PROS: - It runs on Mac as well as Windows desktop - Previewing has been well thought out and works really well - Allows us to move from design to implementation rapidly, especially because iterations to designs instantaneously reflect in all the previews - The learning curve is not steep - The support for the industry standards (more import opportunities coming) - Their approach to components and working with other platforms (e.g. Stripe) is mind-blowingly impressive - Their responsiveness (not just the mobile responsive features), but the actually human beings as well. :) Most of my wishlist has been confirmed by the team to be on the way and most of the time I get an actual estimated release date. What's even better, it seems their mindset is to underpromise and then over-deliver. CONS: - Really looking forward to being able to integrate designs with APIs, dynamic content and coding - More import opportunities - More components and options to handle things like videos, etc. I recommend you jump in on the early subscriber option, you'll save a ton and I don't see what you would have to use.

    Omar D. Samuels has used this product for one month.
Discussion
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Chally Meeker
Chally Meeker@chally_meeker · UX Designer
Famous is a familiar design tool, but with an edge. It allows Designers to push straight to Production. In essence many Designers can become that "Unicorn" that the design industry always talks about. There are some guidelines to follow with setting up your art boards, which help Famous publish out Progressive Web Apps, but other than that it works as advertised. There are no more surprises for the Designer once the project is rendered in code. Whatever he/she designed is what makes it to production. The great part about frameworks like Bootstrap was that it was able to get working code into Production quickly, however it did have some limitations, and caveats if you wanted to use it without heavy customizations. Now, with Famous, you can get the speed of using a framework, but the freedom of a custom design. As an early adopter of the software, I can also attest to the speed in which the software is enhanced. The team at Famous have been crushing bugs, and adding new features on a weekly basis. As their brand-star suggests, they are also highly transparent and very accessible. To be honest, I'm not sure they sleep. I recommend Famous for any Designer that doesn't know how, or have the time to code their own projects. Famous will get a bit pricey for individual designers once the product comes out of beta. I would recommend that you sign up for the early bird pricing, unless you have a large budget, or an agency to foot the bill.
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@chally_meeker Thanks Chally, much appreciated. You've been a great alpha and beta member of our community and you've been great at helping us identify and track down the bugs. We'll be at it every day making sure we provide you with a trustworthy product.
Devon Bradley
Devon Bradley@dbradleyfl · Chief Product Officer at Famous
@chally_meeker Thanks so much for the kind words! You're exactly right, we don't sleep much, but feedback like this makes it all worth it. We appreciate you 😊
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
Hello Product Hunters! 👋 Hey it's @stevenewcomb and @marklu from Famous and we are really excited to introduce you to Famous, a brand new design tool that enables you to import, design, animate, preview, and publish beautiful mobile, tablet, and desktop experiences without any coding at all. Famous the first end to end comprehensive design tool that requires no coding and produces beautiful professional experiences that work on every device. --- HERE'S WHAT WE HOPE YOU'll LOVE ABOUT US --- Beauty Beauty is most important cultural value. Our product, our culture, our code, and all of designs are centered around beauty. It is our most fundamental value and it drives everything we do. We hope that when you try Famous you can see that we worked tirelessly to make every animation, every interaction, and every feature in Famous beautiful. Empathy Our greatest strength is that we are a design lead company. Our CEO is a designer and has great empathy for the problems that designers face every day in their work flows. Our designers actively use nearly every design tool, prototyping tool, collaboration tool and also learn and use CGI tools and advanced music production tools to really understand art, design, and workflow from every possible angle. Thought Leadership While we listen to our community, we also see it as our responsibility to solve our communities greatest pain points with revolutionary thinking. For example, we understood that requiring a person to download a "viewer" app on a phone to see a preview was a major blocker to client relationships and team collaboration and we invented a live preview that enables designers not only show their creations to clients and team members without downloading any software, they could design live on any phone shared into the preview. Approachability We are designers and we love being part of the community. We really value being SUPER accessible. So, we've implemented Slack directly inside of Famous so you can interact directly with the design community, with our engineers, or our designers, and even our CEO any time you'd like. Magic One of the things you'll see in Famous is simply it's pure magic. For example our live preview let's you design live on your phone, your team's phones, your clients phones, and even at a live event to up to 250,000 phones without requiring anyone to install any preview software on their phones. It's just one of many magical moments packed inside our software. 🙏 We’d love to get some feedback and we're happy to answer questions! - Steve & Mark
Anna Rys
Anna Rys@rysanna · CEO at AnyMind, co-founder at Smogathon
I haven't used it myself yet but our UI Designer is quite mesmerized with the possibilities of the app 🙂. Even if we just use it to prepare animations that our developers can later implement – it seems well worth it. Haven't tested everything yet, so can't give more specific feedback but Famous is definitely something that can make our product team's lives easier.
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@rysanna Thanks Anna, I can't wait to see what you do with Famous. It's been really exciting to finally launch after so many years of development. If you have any questions at all, just hit me up in our public Slack Channel that's built into Famous - just click the Slack icon in the lower left of the ribbon and you can reach me, any of our engineers, or any of our QA team.
Anna Rys
Anna Rys@rysanna · CEO at AnyMind, co-founder at Smogathon
@stevenewcomb Thanks! And thanks for Famous 😄.
Micah Boswell
Micah Boswell@micahboswell · Visual Storyteller
I've been using Famous since early Alpha. The product itself is a game-changer for visual storytellers. The product rollout and alpha testing has been exemplary, with a design, QA and support team that is passionate and brilliant.
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@micahboswell Thanks Micah. It's been a pleasure having you as one of our very first users. Whenever I'm tired and I haven't slept and I'm feeling totally burnt out, I just pull up your Instant Story you did and I get all the energy I need. You rock and keep up the really creative work with Famous.
Devon Bradley
Devon Bradley@dbradleyfl · Chief Product Officer at Famous
@micahboswell thank you for the kind words! Your early alpha Lookback videos consistently brought joy to the office and there were definitely days that we needed it. We appreciate you 😊
Micah Boswell
Micah Boswell@micahboswell · Visual Storyteller
@stevenewcomb You're a true craftsman - I'm honored that I've had a chance to help you and your team out. You have a grand vision, and that vision is desperately needed by the design community. You fight the good fight - happy to help in any way I can.
Micah Boswell
Micah Boswell@micahboswell · Visual Storyteller
@dbradleyfl Absolutely, good sir. I'm a huge believer in the work you and your team have done. Drinks on me the next time I'm in SF - would enjoy taking you and steve out for a pint or two!
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@micahboswell Thank you sir.
Ivanisawesome
Ivanisawesome@ivanisawesome · Designer.
I'm a designer that really doesn't want to learn to code. I really like the ability of what Famous is offering but I'm too unfamiliar with whether or not it is something I can actually use to produce "apps" - a lot of the focus is on the impressive transitions. Is this a prototyping tool or a tool which will allow me to deploy actual finished web apps? Can I convert these web apps into native apps if need be? Looking forward to any feedback - I'm sitting on the fence with this one and don't want to miss out on the discount launch price!
Kiran Kumar
Kiran Kumar@kkirank · CEO, Paralleloapp.com
@ivanisawesome You echo my thoughts. But I also think this. Whatever I can do with Webflow now, I can do it (or soon enough) on Famous way more easily and sooner. So I am taking that discounted price. I am one of the alpha users and I can vouch too that the team is super responsive to features and bugs.
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@ivanisawesome Hey Ivan great questions. In the beta, most people are using Famous as a prototyping tool or a tool to build static web experiences that they do publish. However, this is only the beta, and we will be releasing data bound components and the ability to code inside of Famous directly against our APIs. Our vision is that designers, engineers, and marketers can all work inside of one environment that produces product apps and web experiences. Let me know if I answered you question in full. Happy to go in detail if you want - but it may be helpful to watch our YouTube videos - I show where we are going with God Mode, Coding, and many other things. You can see the videos here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/...
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@ivanisawesome @kkirank Thanks Kiran, I can't wait to see what you do with Famous. I really appreciate you investing in Famous and we're doing everything we can to make sure the investment is worth it for you. I know it's a huge decision to adopt a new design tool and I really appreciate it.
Ivanisawesome
Ivanisawesome@ivanisawesome · Designer.
I appreciate your feedback @stevenewcomb One last question from me; I just saw via Facebook that the free beta has been extended to mid April. Will this apply to the pricing as well or will the price go up at the end of the month? Thanks again.
Steve Newcomb
Steve NewcombMaker@stevenewcomb · founder and pixel smuggler at Famous
@ivanisawesome out current launch plan is change the discount from 60% to 30% at the beginning of April 1-15, then we go to full price. However, once we hit April 15th, we will be offering the ability to choose monthly or yearly payments and we will also offer 10, 30 and 100 pack licenses with 10%, 20%, and 30% discounts respectively.