Invision bought Trunk and closes it(

almost 5 years ago from Tomas Anthony, Product Designer

  • Justin WhiteJustin White, almost 5 years ago


    It would be nice if they actually used their tools and fully realized the job stories behind the features they're building.

    Begin Rant

    I'm on a 4-5 person distributed team and we are constantly having issues with the limited (read stagnant) feature-set of InVision. In som many regards, it's as if they added an option or button to solve one problem, but never fully realized the job story and motivations behind the problem.

    For example, look at Live Embed. We use JIRA and Slack. When I'm writing docs or tickets and need to live embed screens, the experience starts on a sour note immediately. Firstly, the problematic size and onHover display method of the Live Embed Icon-Button. If I had a dime for every time I missed the damn thing, repeatedly, and proceeded to watch others do the same.

    Secondly, why does it ask me my target destination EVERY SINGLE TIME, then go on to reveal a second dialog with the appropriately formatted Live-Embed URL? Is there really no way to define a default (in this case, Jira)? The second modal is equally frustrating considering the dialog knows the component/element that spawned it. For the love of dog… can we just get a "Copy Live Embed URL/Code" onHover of the damn target-destination? But wait… there is more.

    Third, screw all that doubleOnHover-wubba-lubba-dub-dub! Let me choose a default/preferred target-destination. On hover of the fracking screen-tile, reveal the live embed icon, in fact, reveal ALL three of the icons. There is no reason to hide them in an overflow menu if they only appear on hover…

    Aaaand fourthly… Last thing I swear… Let me grab the live embed URL at the screen level AND the project level.

    That's just inVision Live Embed. I got plenty more usability issues to rave about once we move on to things like Freehand, the mobile app, CRAFT, Missing "high demand" functionality like stateful buttons and overlays without the BS work around.

    We haven't even gotten to Studio yet…

    End Rant

    13 points
    • Lee Fuhr, almost 5 years ago

      I love seeing all the rants now. I've been ranting about InVision for years (it's been over 2 years since they posted about having been working on "v7" of the core tools for over a year… 3+ years without a meaningful update, in THIS industry? Seriously?)

      I'm likely going to move our shop over to Anima for prototyping, commenting, and dev handoff. Their new 3.0 has some wrinkles to iron out, but it's feature set is great, and it doesn't try to replace Sketch like IV clearly aims to do now.

      9 points
    • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, almost 5 years ago

      I gave up on Invision for 2 years. It's not made for large projects. It spot is small low fidelity sites. Its probably why they have been spending all their dev time in their new studio.

      5 points
    • Yasen DimovYasen Dimov, almost 5 years ago

      I support this person!

      0 points
    • Kris PuckettKris Puckett, almost 5 years ago

      Hey Justin! Thanks for the super helpful feedback. I would love to chat more with you 1-1 on how we can fix these issue for you and your team. It sucks when the tools we rely on aren't living up to our expectations, and. I hate that we are doing that to y'all now.

      -3 points