Avocode Pre-order: Anyone got onboard?

9 years ago from , Interaction Designer at Skalar

Hi, I signed up for avocode beta some month back, not thinking much about it, got excited, then forgot. http://avocode.com/preorder.html Got this in my email yesterday, and subscribed... (I'm a sucker for deals, any deals, as long as it's written deal somewhere..)

Hoping that the Beta will not make me regret (not sketch support just yet). Anybody else feels like giving this a shot without knowing much? Maybe someone has tried it already?



  • Shakti DashShakti Dash, 9 years ago

    This tool fragmentation is tiring me off. Talented people making great tools—please work together (I don't intend to say give it away for free). Ill stick to extract for now, its not production ready but does the job somewhat well.

    6 points
  • Ryan Hicks, 9 years ago

    Well I was excited to try a beta version of it instead of paying to get an early look. Then I was put off by seeing it was a subscription model.

    4 points
    • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, 9 years ago

      Yeah, that seemed pretty unwarranted — I mean, do they have that many recurring costs? Couldn't they just charge upfront for 1-3 years of server costs?

      2 points
    • Suleiman Leadbitter, 9 years ago

      That's how I felt, I was pretty up for this and then I saw the monthly cost which is one of the reasons ironically that people are moving away from Photoshop, yet they decided to use that model anyway.

      So because of that, I'm out.

      2 points
  • Brendan GramerBrendan Gramer, 9 years ago

    The Avocode beta video gives me the impression that if I am already using Sketch, I don't need Avocode.

    Sketch already has a great slice/export feature. Sketch can also extract CSS as well.

    I'm going to hold off until I learn more about Avocode and read what others have to say, if its favorable, I'll download a trial and give it a try.

    3 points
    • Joris RigerlJoris Rigerl, 9 years ago

      Pretty much what we decided on too. Using Sketch already makes exporting assets a breeze, plus about 90% of our designs can be replicated in code alone, while the rest is more interaction heavy and needs extra attention anyhow.

      Certainly an interesting tool, but not worth changing our workflow over right this moment.

      0 points
    • Jason CalleiroJason Calleiro, 9 years ago

      Yep, Same here. I got all excited watching the video and then realized Sketch has been providing this for a while.

      This is great though for teams and people who have to use photoshop.

      0 points
    • Nick MNick M, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

      In the same boat - I'm finally making the switch to Sketch after being obstinate for so long. The ability to export things is key... all of which is built in to Sketch (and seemingly some of the new Adobe companion tools). I can't see any rationale for paying multiple subscriptions for functionality I get in Sketch for >$100.

      I used the Avocode beta, and I love the guys who made this, too... from CSSHat to Enigma, they've created some tremendous Photoshop workflow enhancers. Also the fact that there's no windows version... wtf, guys. I realize a lot of designers are on mac, and there's increasing numbers of devs moving to mac, but the VAST MAJORITY of developers I've worked with are on Windows machines. That's never going to change. None of my devs here were able to even try the beta out with me on any of our projects. No traction = no uptake. Dead on arrival. What a waste.

      In all, I just feel like this project is months behind and as a result has missed the boat tremendously here.

      0 points
  • Shawn BorskyShawn Borsky, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    I've been messing around with it. Not bad.

    Its pretty good at pulling in PSDs which is nice for all of us who aren't going to switch to Sketch for a host of reasons. I find Extract to be clunkier and the CSS/SCSS functions are solid.

    That all being said, currently it feels too rough to be seriously integrated into a pro workflow. PNGExpress or PNGHat seem to do the job just fine.

    1 point
  • Johannes WeberJohannes Weber, 9 years ago

    Hey, with tools like the Adobe Extract recently released, given the fact that they only build the beta for mac and that I already purchased PNGHat, I will not buy a subscription - although I am also a "sucker for deals" ;)

    1 point
    • Eric Haidara, 9 years ago

      Oh, I didn't know about Adobe Extract. Will check it out, thanks. (Even though it's not really a deal if it's free by default ;)

      0 points
      • Alec MolloyAlec Molloy, 9 years ago

        From a brief look at Avocode, Extract does seem to have feature parity (correct me if I am wrong), it just isn't a standalone app. If you have your PSDs saved to your Creative Cloud folder, they will automatically open up in Extract: https://creative.adobe.com/files

        And FYI: robust CSS copying is available by right clicking on any layer in Photoshop.

        0 points
    • Peter MüllerPeter Müller, 9 years ago

      Is Adobe Extract/Parfeit working and reliable? Never tried it out for production work.

      0 points
    • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, 9 years ago

      The fact that its a subscription model really gets me off, yeah. A one Time purchase for like 30$ would be okay, but paying month for month... thats the main reason why i stopped using adobes software anyway.

      2 points
  • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, 9 years ago

    I don't use Photoshop for design, but often get PSDs from other designers. I hate working with Ps and have been happily using Project Parfait /Extract.

    I decided to give Avocode a try, figuring it'd be convenient to have something locally for when I need to work offline and it seems to have some nice features that Parfait doesn't have. Not a fan of the subscription model, but figured at the discounted price it was worth checking it out.

    After installing I found out the only way to get import psds is through a photoshop plugin- and it's CC-only. Huge disappointment. It seems like later you will be able to import files directly but for now I can't even test it. Hope the betas progress quickly.

    0 points
  • Richard BurtonRichard Burton, 9 years ago

    Does anyone else have an aversion to browser-based tools for work? I find that it can be really distracting being just one tab away from email and other time sinks. More importantly, I just prefer native apps that run as fast as possible.

    I’m curious to hear whether other people feel the same way.

    0 points