Spirit

The animation tool for the web.

#2 Product of the WeekMay 21, 2018
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Spirit Studio is an animation tool that helps designers and developers creating and managing their animations real time in the browser.

✔︎ Super easy to use

✔︎ Live edit animations directly on your web page

✔︎ Animate SVG/HTML

✔︎ Timeline editor

✔︎ Import/export JSON and play animations in production using the Web Player

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Reviews

  • Pros: 

    Great tool for creatives.

    Cons: 

    Insane price and/or broken business model.

    A great tool for animators, designers and creative developers out there.

    I would quickly change the business model or pricing especially in your early stages if you want to avoid losing tons of potential customers, it's either that, or it's waiting for one of the big boys to completely rip off your concept and have it incorporated in their software suite... in fact, I think It's going to be a simple matter of time before that happens, so your competitive edge is probably going to your first mover advantage that you have now.

    Not a lot of people are going to pay 180 dollars for a half feature that costs more than a TWO year subscription of SketchApp or even the Adobe Creative Suit.

    Edit: Im almost a 100% sure Airbnb is going to add this feature to their already free 'Lottie' design tool... so it's indeed a matter of time. For anyone interested: https://airbnb.design/lottie/

    Bader Bouta has never used this product.
  • Dean Brady
    Dean BradyDirector of Digital Development - AbbVie
    Pros: 

    Looks promising

    Cons: 

    Too expensive, no trial, requires player

    Want to love this but you need a trial version or at least a lot more demos videos. And as many have already called out, make the pricing affordable for what you are competing against.

    Offer some intro price or free version with a watermark or something. Add some templates or something to get people started.

    Hope you listen to the community feedback, there is an interest...

    Dean Brady has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Gianmarco Simone
Gianmarco Simone@gsimone · Frontend Engineer
Disappointing that there's no way to try it before subscribing :(
Patrick Brouwer
Patrick BrouwerMaker@patrickbrouwer · Creative Dev & Founder of Spirit
@gsimone We're currently working on a trial version, will be available soon!
Phuong Mark
Phuong Mark@phuong_mark
@patrickbrouwer Love it. Hope to try it soon
Diego G Marignac
Diego G Marignac@dfgonzalez · CPO @ Shake Again
@gsimone @patrickbrouwer start collecting emails of interested people for that!
Patrick Brouwer
Patrick BrouwerMaker@patrickbrouwer · Creative Dev & Founder of Spirit
@gsimone start your trial at https://spiritapp.io/pricing 🙌
Daniel Eitam
Daniel Eitam@dadatalks
The product looks great! Although, its overpriced.
Patrick Brouwer
Patrick BrouwerMaker@patrickbrouwer · Creative Dev & Founder of Spirit
@dadatalks It's definitely worth it!
Rudolf Olah
Rudolf Olah@rudolfolah · Web Dev @ Zynga, Founder @ NeverFriday
@dadatalks @patrickbrouwer Don't listen to all of these naysayers; try out subscription-based pricing and you can always lower the price or add more value to make the price worthwhile. Most of these people complaining about price wouldn't *ever* pay for your product even if it was $0/month, they would try the trial and then move on to the next flavour of the month product on ProductHunt.
Patrick Brouwer
Patrick BrouwerMaker@patrickbrouwer · Creative Dev & Founder of Spirit
@dadatalks @rudolfolah Thank you for your kind words Rudolf. I truly believe in Spirit and think it's definitely worthwhile and absolutely not overpriced. However, it's true we lack on (video) tutorials, examples and more. Those are in development. Also the trial version is something we're working on and will be available soon. Thanks!
Dean Brady
Dean Brady@deanbrady · Director of Digital Development - AbbVie
@dadatalks @patrickbrouwer @rudolfolah That's a very narrow opinion. Price high now and lower later? And add features later? That's a path to no-users IMO. The tried and true method is give a good discount to those that jump on early. They will have to deal with some bumps, beta testing, and less features but they got the deal so they'll accept it. Charge the higher price later when you have all the kinks out and features that are worth it. I'm sure you put a ton of time/effort into the tool but that unfortunately doesn't translate into pricing. The market decides value. $99/Year for SketchApp, Tumult Hype Pro $99 (one time), and others are what you are being compared to and its a value proposition. Even if those tools aren't direct competitors, if I look at the value I get out of SketchApp for $99/yr vs $144/yr for SpiritApp, I can't justify it. I pay $60/month for Adobe CC and get EVERYTHING. Amazing value. IMO, you can't look at this type of tool from a "what I think its worth" perspective but need to look at the alternatives out there (direct and indirect competitors) and how you compare in value. A one-time free for $49 (maybe even $69-79) and I'm more interested. I think you also need to consider the use case. The number of people that would buy this and use it daily or multiple times a week is much smaller than the group that may use it once a month (or less). Is it better to get 10x (or more) the users, at a lower price where the value/cost is acceptable? Or charge the $144/yr and only attract those that will use it often enough to justify the price? Just some transparent and hopefully constructive feedback...
Seán Marsh ✌️
Seán Marsh ✌️@seanmarshdesign · Ethical Business Designer
@dadatalks @patrickbrouwer I'd add to this that I'm generally time poor, so 7 day trails are nowhere near long enough... I generally look for limited free accounts that showed me what an app can do, which will then convince me to start paying for more features.
shuen
shuen@shuenw
a subscription model for a tool (especially at this price) that doesn't own an entire workflow (ui design / prototyping or production) seems insane.
carlos garcia
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
Too expensive, everyone has subscription greed. $12 a month. Get Tumult Hype for a one time fee, does the same and so much more.
Sadok Cervantes R.
Sadok Cervantes R.@sadokx · Product Designer @ http://sadok.mx/
I've been waiting for this since 2016 when you announced it, a GSAP timeline editor is very much needed, but I am super disappointed that you chose a subscription-based model just for the sake of making more money. What happened to the one-time fee for a year worth of updates and free use? This really makes no sense to pay on a monthly basis since I'm not using your resources all the time, it's not like it's cloud based or anything. Very disappointed.
Sadok Cervantes R.
Sadok Cervantes R.@sadokx · Product Designer @ http://sadok.mx/
And the sad thing is I'm not the only one with these thoughts, and you are playing deaf with people that would be passionate users of this product.
Patrick Brouwer
Patrick BrouwerMaker@patrickbrouwer · Creative Dev & Founder of Spirit
@sadokx Sorry to hear you’re not happy with the pricing. I really think Spirit is definitely worth it, as it is a game changer in the field of web animation. Besides, with a subscription-based model you’ll enjoy all the new features once they come out. There are some pretty cool features on the roadmap that will be available soon!