Slack Beta

A faster and nicer Slack built on Electron

#2 Product of the MonthSeptember 2016
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Guilherme Rambo@_inside · I make apps
It's better than the previous app, but I still think Slack deserves a fully native Mac app. This Electron app is 175MB once installed and uses A LOT of memory.
Txai Wieser@txaidw · iOS Developer
@_inside Agreed, PLEASE make a real native app!
Derek Nuzum@dnuzum · Product Manager | Web Developer
@_inside 100% agreed. I understand the ease of building electron apps for cross-platform, but they're not efficient at all. And, with a ton of apps going the electron route, it really starts to bog a system down. :/
Joshua Pinter@joshuapinter · Product at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
@_inside *cough* React Native
Tom Redman@redman · Technical Product Manager, Buffer
@_inside Agreed here - this is the biggest pain point for me after switching from HipChat (which is super _duper_ speedy switching between rooms/channels).
Sebastian Limbach@bastilimbach · Associated Consultant
@_inside Totally agree with you. Electron is a great way to provide a "native" Mac App fast, but I by myself enjoy the fully native Apps way more! Better performance and memory management. Also it just looks nicer in the macOS ecosystem.
Sebastian Kim@sebastiank · Co-founder, engineer of Bark
@_inside +100 - MacGap => Electron feels like 2x-10x faster depending on the use-cases, but it still feels like a web app imo
Derek Shanahan@dshan · GM @ SuperRewards
@_inside This. Slack hogs memory, a constant annoyance.
Edward Kay@edwardkay · Owner, Tall Projects Ltd
@_inside /feedback https://www.producthunt.com/tech...
David Carpe@passingnotes · Thinker & Layabout
@_inside but how will they build a native app without more funding? they simply need another 100m...
Jason McMinn@jasonmcminn · VP of Product, LocusLabs
@_inside All that VC money and that can't make a native desktop app? ;-(
Sureshkumar G@hisureshg · Co,Founder - CEO at MacAppStudio
@_inside We too agree, if @paul and @steward needs any help they can ping us. We create native mac apps and we are called macappstudio :)
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Great article on @TheNextWeb about Slack's Beta. http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/... Key Section: Their current macOS app is built using MacGap, which is a wrapper for web apps — so technically, it was just a port of the web version of the Slack website in a desktop window. However, the beta is rebuilt from the ground up using Electron, speeding things up significantly." It mostly still looks like the same old Slack, you’ll immediately notice these key improvements: • Insanely fast start-up and team switching • The team bar now changes according to your color scheme • A fancy new top without that ugly desktop frame • The app in general is way more speedy
Juan Buis@juanbuis · internet words
@nivo0o0 ✌️
Vytas Butkevicius@vytasbu · Freelance designer
@nivo0o0 @thenextweb Massive improvements! my Slack app is now on steroids (and no, I didn't just spend 2 minutes switching between teams)
Rotem Yakir@rotemthegolfer · Guggy CEO - Make your friends laugh
@nivo0o0 @thenextweb
Christian Montoya@cm0nt0y4 · Maker
@nivo0o0 @thenextweb For the record, Electron is a web app wrapper just like MacGap. MacGap is just a dead project whereas Electron has a lively community and ongoing updates.
Peter Cooper@peterc · Publisher-in-chief, Cooper Press
@cm0nt0y4 @nivo0o0 @thenextweb Fun bit of trivia for people as well, MacGap was originally developed by Alex MacCaw who now does Clearbit :-)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Something new
Slick Beta update from Slack - am using it already... The best feature (other than the speed 💨) (Announced herebut available in other builds too) Other than the obvious loves for @slackhq... I also loved their video from last year
Diogo Afonso@dafonso
@bentossell @slackhq The "All unreads" feature is available in all builds, wether it is beta or stable.
Diogo Afonso@dafonso
@bentossell I also believe you're not using the new beta, still using the stable version, because the new beta has a different design. The app frame is totally different...
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Something new
@dafonso that example is actually from the Slack blog....not my Slack ;) I am using the new Beta - aware the 'All Unread' is on them but its a pretty good feature that I wanted to shoutout! :)
Guido Vilariño@gvilarino · Founder & CTO, DemocracyOS
@dafonso @bentossell you could also just shift + Esc. Been working for some time.
Thomas TomHawk Burningham@thomas_tomhawk_burningham
Slack threaded messaging needs to happen, soon
Hussain @hu_me · Analytics Consultant, MarketLytics
@thomas_tomhawk_burningham i feel like the share message feature is a sort of threaded reply; very primitive but does help give context
Diogo Afonso@dafonso
@slackhq it's definitely snappier, but I'm missing one thing: how can I remove the teams side bar? I'm only on one team, I don't need that cluttering my UI...
The Sultan of Sex@thesultanofsex
@dafonso @slackhq you can't at the moment, but submit some /feedback saying you want it. Power in numbers!
Diogo Afonso@dafonso
@thesultanofsex @slackhq did it before my post. Just adding power to numbers by posting it on PH as well...
Yufan Lou@fridsun · Student, RPI
@dafonso @slackhq Maybe join more teams? I always join teams with what I use.