1 - The webpage could make it more obvious that the paid for version is a NodeJS based application. It took me a little time to work this out because I read the start of the page and immediately went to the online demo.
2 - Provide an option to choose between Bootstrap 3 and 4, even when 4 is fully released there will still be people stuck on 3 for quite some time. The ability to create/edit projects with either will help you a lot.
3 - Raise you price to at least $99. Any professional freelancer or design company will not think twice about this price point and can see it saves a lot more than this in time on just the first project. I think you should be aiming at professionals and not hobbyists. Odd though it sounds, the less people pay the more they complain about a product and the more demanding the support they ask for. Trust me, you could offer this for $10 and someone will still complain that your 100's of hours of hard work is worth only $5.
4 - Always specify a time limit of a special offer. This creates a sense of urgency and is the reason that offers work. Mention on your site when the offer expires, otherwise people don't know and so they will wait. Then they will miss the deadline and are either upset decide not to buy because they wanted the cheaper price.
5 - If you have a roadmap of additions then mention some of the changes to be released in the next year. This shows it is being actively developed and some of the new features might be the ones people are waiting for before buying.
But if something like this existed for email, I would buy it in a snap.
I have yet to find a desktop tool that can make decent responsive html emails, and that is one of the main strengths that Bootstrap should offer. Skip the JQ efects.
Perhaps you can make a email mode that is JS free, strips out the unused CSS, and inlines the remaining rules?
If you're looking to code, you should check out Litmus Builder (http://litmus.com/email-builder), a code editor specifically built for email design. Has a bunch of templates available, instant previews in a bunch of different clients, email-specific CSS inlining, etc. Full disclosure: I work at Litmus, but even if I didn't, I'd still use Builder for the previews alone.
I wouldn't be surprised if Campaign Monitor's email templates built in their builder follow the same approach. MailChimp's too, for that matter. The team there use similar techniques.
* Drag and drop with common content types. Text, HTML, image, button, divider, social icons.
* Controls for fonts, colors, borders, padding, etc. You don't want to adjust CSS after the CSS is inlined.
* Control over email structure. Most email layouts are a single column or pre-built with a multi-column area. A good editor allows you to add new sections that are single or multi-column.
* Responsive by default. For email this means that multi-column layouts can "collapse" to one column on mobile. So a 3x3 grid becomes 1x9 and the content of each cell isn't tiny on a phone.
* Cross email client compatible. It handle Outlook, GMail and Apple Mail out of the box. This means lots of <table>s, that's just life.
* One-click export to HTML with inlined CSS.
* Image hosting. You can host the images yourself, but most of the time that's an extra step you don't care about.
* Allows for saving and re-editing. It's not fun creating a variation of a template from scratch.
For the last three years, we've been working on our email builder: https://www.klaviyo.com/email-templates. I think it has all of the above.
In the interim, their online tool has serious limitations (it has been a few months since I last tried, but iirc it wouldn't let me save my templates, add images, make edits after exporting or even edit generated styles).
Sorry guys, but if your little app doesn't work in Firefox, I don't care about it, it's probably not worth time to even look at it.
And good to see another Bulgarian venture :-)
I always ask my team, how is that as developers we always want free software but yet want a salary hike every year as a software programmer!
A lot of people are short-sighted and self-centered. It's completely and totally rational to buy this product if you're billing at $75/hr and this tool saves you 10+ hours that you couldn't justify billing.
Some people just don't "get it" - that you must produce something of value before you can consume, and that every exchange must leave everyone better off. This is what used to upset me about the software pirates, torrenters, etc. It'll all catch up in the end though, so no need to over-analyze people like this.
When you're at work, you typically just have to use the tools the rest of the team does. Then when you are at home, working on a side project... it's essentially a hobby and saving time in a hobby is just a 'nice to have'.
The 50% off on the other hand brings it down to where I'm willing to pay for it. So I did.
If you're not working, you're not the target market for an application for professional developers and designers.
Software pricing is a very strange beast. It seems to vary so widely, with not always a very obvious price/quality connection. And over time, it doesn't seem to follow any reasonable expectation; I paid £65 for a game 25 years ago, which would be over £90 in today's money.
In the end everyone has to put food on the table.
I have a product in a similar space, Beaver Builder (https://www.wpbeaverbuilder.com). A few differences being that it's an in-browser tool and it's a WordPress plugin.
Who is your target customer? Are you hoping to improve workflows for frontend developers or enable non-developers to build web pages? Also, what are your thoughts on maintaining a Bootstrap Studio site?
FWIW, we hit a nice niche with freelance web designers and web agencies. Drag and drop streamlines the development process and it also enables more tech-savvy clients to jump in and make their own edits and updates.
We use a lot of ajax when the actual page builder is in use, but we do our best to ensure that page load times for published pages are low as possible.
Outputting lean and efficient auto-generated markup (relative to what was out there) was one of our big goals from the start.
We have a free version of the software in the WordPress repo: https://wordpress.org/plugins/beaver-builder-lite-version/
You can demo the tool, peek at the markup, and see how it well it plays with your WP theme/install with the free version.
I'll try out the lite theme and hopefully find it fitting to our site. Once again, thanks for replying to my off-topic comment. I just had to take the chance since i've been considering your product lately!
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Developers should be able to put together a Bootstrap front end just as easily in code and probably prefer working in code.
Maybe there's a huge developer market for this and I just happen to not know anyone who'd be into this.
"Developers and designers" encompasses quite a range of skills. Many designers don't know how to code or don't want to deal with it, or would rather do it in a visual editor rather than in a text editor.
On the other side, there are developers who aren't proficient in modern HTML, CSS, web technologies, and the obnoxious-to-set-up modern web tool chain. A GUI like this could be a handy way of bypassing some of these problems so they can get that website built quickly without it looking like it belongs on the 1990s web. (I admit this case is more rare.)
> would it be better to drop the Bootstrap focus and focus on the small business owners and content creators?
I agree with you there, and that's actually what I'm working on. In my application the web developer/designer can create custom "components" with HTML and CSS and some rules on how these components can fit together, and the site owner / small business person / content creator can manipulate their site in a completely visual, drag-and-drop, edit-in-place environment. There are no mandatory tie-ins with any frameworks or libraries, and the system doesn't alter your markup or insert additional junk. Any valid HTML and CSS the developer puts in will work and will come out essentially as entered.
Likewise many developers pay for point and click IDEs even though vim is free.
$50 for 1 year free updates and only 3 installs is a little bit steep.
Charge me again for Bootstrap studio 3 or something but don't end updates for 2 after 1 year.
If this becomes a good solid product - I would expect to be paying several hundred dollars.
I'm very bad at website design and at 25$ this is a no brainer . Can see myself using this for small websites
Pretty confident that i'll get my $25 from it...
It still comes down to how skillful the creator is, to not end up with nested divs and classes like "rt-col1-flex-span-head".
That's been my experience in the past with these kind of tools as well. Its easy to make a mess.
Any keyboard shortcuts available? At least a shortcut for Duplicate would be good.
Edit: Shortcuts here > https://bootstrapstudio.io/pages/keyboard-shortcuts
From looking at the site, this looks awesome, especially since I can import my own Bootstrap themes. I haven't used a visual CSS editor in over half a decade, and after the page refreshes that I spent time on just last night, I hope this will be a great tool for me to use.
Thanks again :)
EDIT: I see it comes bundled with Bootswatch themes, this is awesome as I use some of them! Great tool so far!
So far I tried Pinegrow and Bootply, I'm certainly going to give this one a try.
This tool will hopefully make my life easier. I'll still code everything carefully by hand but I have a hard time imagining how the UI will look like and I find myself spending quite some time coding and F5 repeatedly only to be disappointed by the result.
These thigs come with experience. I believe people that dedicate their time mostly to UI get real good and would not need a tool like this but for me I believe it'll do wonders.
 - https://www.blocsapp.com
You can define your layout pretty quickly if you have ever made a bootstrap layout before.
I know there are other alternatives as well but does anyone have any significant experience with this?Is this a lot better, is this the best one out there?
They hooked me on the $49 price when I started playing around and I was ready to buy until I saw that the price jumps to $99 if I want master page support and some other nice things.
I realize it is well worth it but I just can't justify a $100 editor for my hobby projects. I just purchased this tool for $25 as its pricing aligns with what I'm willing to spend much better.
This looks great and I'll probably be looking to purchase this. I assume that this would help me out when i'm fiddling around trying to make stuff look good in react.
please tell me there's a code you are using for that wonderful checkout. email-->entering postal code --> entering card --> done.
any reason why you are capturing postal code first?
I will post another comment with a review later
is this built using electron? where can you find a boiler template project complete with installation wizard?
edit: just realized you can't even import HTML files or I'm dumb. I clicked open but it only lets you select some proprietary file. This is a HUGE MINUS because I was looking forward to editing existing bootstrap template and you can't!
Stripe also has the same thing: https://stripe.com/checkout
a dedicated app is not needed.
"Bootstrap Studio is a desktop application filled with powerful features."
That line tells me absolutely nothing about it
First impression after downloading: an unsigned OS X app? Really? This is commercial software; it's not that expensive to get a dev certificate.
I have a free service in production that insufferably lags only on Android devices when typing into the textarea. I looked into it a couple times in my free time but couldn't figure it out. It's not embarrassing, it's free.
Sorry, if you don't bother supporting Firefox or Safari, then I don't bother looking your website either.
(No, I don't ask you to support IE 8)
Edit: Didn't know it was desktop application. Explanation below.
(written in Firefox)
First lines (1200px height) don't mention desktop app.
>Introducing Bootstrap Studio
>A powerful web design tool for creating responsive websites using the Bootstrap framework.
Then there is call to action button, which says that we don't support you.
Most users then close tab.
Now you're just wasting your marketing..
However, based on the fact that this app has an "in-Chrome browser" demo mode available... I'm assuming that it's REALLY a web application, packaged up for desktop use (like the Atom text editor).
If they wrote it in Java and in that way claim multiple platforms, I daresay it would be even worse, on all platforms.
If they used a tool that did the conversion for them, it would likely be a security and usability disaster, even though I need sources for that.
So a bias against a multi-platform tool is understandable.
Also I had to reach the bottom of the page to find out that it was a desktop app. Is it built in Electron? One last tip if this works as well as it looks in the demo you could easily double your price.