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Solis

A live design output that integrates with code editor

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Norm
Maker
Hey folks, I'm Norm the creator of Solis, happy to answer any question you may have.
Liam McKay
Fantastic work all-round on this Norm, and the video is on point as always!
Norm
Maker
@liammckay thanks :)
Igor Stumberger
This looks almost too good to be true 😅 I'll be sure to check it out, congrats on the launch 👏🚀
Svenn-Petter Mæhle
This is awesome
Craig Paterson
Excellent work @normsheeran. Will be even more awesome when we can use it for any of our locally hosted sites (I know you are working on this already). Please make sure you add compatibility with Local by Flywheel 😉
Norm
Maker
@craigcpaterson Thanks buddy! I am literally working on this right now, Im hoping to have the feature expanded within the next few days.
Craig Paterson
@normsheeran that is great news. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to using Solis as part of my workflow 😃
Norm
Maker
@craigcpaterson Hey Craig, did you try the latest version of Solis v1.0.1? It might work a little better for you now.
Craig Paterson
@normsheeran I have just tried connecting to a locally installed installation of WordPress and it worked 👍🏻. Would be nice to see support for the WordPress file structure when connecting to a WP site (if that is even possible). Currently Solis lists "all" files and there can be many 'functions.php' files making it harder to select the correct file.
Norm
Maker
@craigcpaterson cool idea!
David Mermelstein
@craigcpaterson See Pinegrow.
Csaba Kissi
I own a Blocs license. This is definitely the great new member into the family.
Devil Cube Designs™
Is it not gonna be available for Windows?
Norm
Maker
@kvschethan sorry no plans right now.
Tim Shnaider
@kvschethan @normsheeran people complain about the size and memory usage of Electron apps, but this is the perfect use case for it.
Jacob Johansson
Seems awesome. Though it crashes every time I'm opening my project. Anywhere to report this? Really want to use the tool 😅
Norm
Maker
@jacobjohanssonj Are you opening a local host? You can report using the support tab on the apps start screen.
Jacob Johansson
@normsheeran Yes using localhost! I see that other users are reporting it so you are probably aware. Im ready to test it when that bug is fixed :)
Norm
Maker
@jacobjohanssonj Hey we just added better support for React projects in Solis v1.0.2. Give it another try.
Eivind Lindbråten
Love the idea, but it didn't work that well for me. A few things: - Tried to load a wordpress site on localhost/ but just gave me beach ball of death and crashed each time - Needs support for custom-domains.dev - Would be great if I could show/hide the toolbar on top. I have a small screen, and would love to use as much space for the website as possible. Also it's less distracting and you probably won't use the tools all the time when developing, mostly when the project first is setup. Will make sure to check out future updates.
Eivind Lindbråten
Also, when doing split screen (between Terminal and Solis), I can't make the Solis window less that 50% of the screen. I have a 13" MacBook, so would be great to have it take up even less space. :) Also would be cool if I could change the background color, so that it could match my text editor background ;) https://imgur.com/a/KK3Lr
Eivind Lindbråten
You should mimic Terminal icon in size and bezel. Now it's ALMOST similar, but not quite. 😅 https://imgur.com/a/ELHZoGZ
Norm
Maker
@eivindml Yeah Im working on a bunch of things with local host right now. Thanks for all the feedback, really helpful!
Norm
Maker
@eivindml We just release Solis V1.0.1 you can see the change log here: https://solisapp.com/release-notes.html • Custom domain support - Added • Hide Toolbar - Added • Allow smaller app window - Added • Set canvas Background colour - Added
Eivind Lindbråten
@normsheeran So awesome! Now I can develop like a ninja. https://imgur.com/lhjcykG Two things: • When opening my local dev url, I get "Solis does not support opening live URL's. Would you like to open this URL in your browser?" Not shure what that means. Is it related to BrowserSync? If so, that is one feature which would be great to support. • When opening my project, I get a spinning beach ball. I thought it completely crashed, so I've been force quitting it. But after I waited for a long time, everything loaded (almost 1 minute). This was with 3 canvases. Loaded faster when I just had one. Looks maybe like it's loading everything on the main thread or something, so that all other interactions are disabled while the screens are loading.
Norm
Maker
@eivindml What kind of project is it you are loading? Is it React by any chance?
Norm
Maker
@eivindml When connecting to a local host if you leave the root path empty it will load much faster. The issue is with the change listener, its still not right with Rails and React projects.
Eivind Lindbråten
@normsheeran OK. Not using that features so ill Remove that. This was with wordpress and/or Craft cms project.
Norm
Maker
@eivindml Hey we just added better support for React projects in Solis v1.0.2. It should prevent the beach ball. Give it another try :)
Aelia Yousaf
Went to the site- was loving it - scrolling through the content, ready to hit the Free trial button - and then suddenly saw "Made for the Mac" :( broke my heart...
Fabian Hinsenkamp
Hi @norm, how does Solis handle jsx?
Norm
Maker
@norm @fa_hinse afraid not.
Norm
Maker
@norm @fa_hinse Hey we just added better support for React projects in Solis v1.0.2. Give it another try :)
F.E.
Looks interesting, but how can i a) custom domains (not: http:://localhost) b) scss/css not in the same folder
Norm
Maker
@tafkaf Hey try the latest version of Solis v1.0.1 it supports custom domain names now.
F.E.
@normsheeran thanks, that brings it closer to being a valuable tool for me. scss/css custom folders is coming/planned?
Ayush Chandra
Great job!! 😊 Is it useful for non techie users?
Daniel Fitzpatrick
@ayush_chandra "Q. Can I edit code with Solis on its own? A. No. Solis is not a code editing app, it does not directly handle the editing of code. Solis connects with code editors such as Atom, VS Code and Sublime and displays the live code output by listening for live changes made to documents." Looks like it's just one way, so you'd have to be techie enough to know basic css to start taking advantage of this. Edit: Just noticed that the same company has a product called "Blocs", that looks like a visual website designer that Solis can integrate with. I've never used it or heard of it until now, though, so I can't vouch for it.
Nathaniel Blackburn
Got genuinely excited the more i scrolled down to eventually be kicked in the face by it being "Made for the Mac".
Duarte Martins
@itsnblackburn Does it make sense to be a frontend dev on anything but a mac these days?
Nathaniel Blackburn
@duarteosrm About as much sense as any other platform.
Duarte Martins
@itsnblackburn Really? Even with sketch and other apps being mac only, and with certain packages requiring *nix-based OSs? I'm not really fussed, I've just never heard or seen anyone say using Windows is just as good as any other OS for development.
Nathaniel Blackburn
@duarteosrm You won't have heard it because most people know better than to start a flame war on the internet over which OS is best. The support is there in all 3 making them equally capable, the only thing holding anyone back is vendors.
B.K. Shoo
@itsnblackburn @duarteosrm I'm late chiming in here but before I comment, I understand that some products have to have regional boundaries and why some don't. With that being said, a MAC in Africa (where I'm from & where I reside) is not the most "accessible" piece of hardware. It is not regionally blocked, it's just super expensive. This has never stopped us from making the most of what is available..which is Windows. I may be wrong here but your thread seems to imply that it "doesn't makes sense" to develop helpful frontend dev tools for anything other than a mac. You have successfully excluded the majority of the market share for computers. TL:DR - My thoughts are all over the place here but what I am trying to say is that an OS shouldn't be rendered "nonsensical" simply because another OS excels in one or a few other aspects.
corban baxter
Looks like this won't work with React? Or any JS that needs to run webpack?
Daniel Fitzpatrick
@corbanb Nope :(. I happened to have a Rekit project running so I tested that and it worked, but on save only. So in that case, it just works as a really pretty looking way to visualize multiple viewports at once. A create-react-app didn't work at all. Norm mentions above that it doesn't support JSX, which could mean that it would either need to explicitly add support for it, or maybe that's just not part of how it works and therefore doesn't need to deal with it. Not really any information on how this works behind the scenes, so it's hard to tell where the line is
Norm
Maker
@corbanb Hey we just added better support for React projects in Solis v1.0.2. Give it another try.
Joel Baez
@corbanb It works just add the server.
Prashant Dwivedi
@normsheeran thanks, man! you launch on promise date :D Yesterday, I use trial version small query. It's load project complete? I do not get an option. It's the only load .html :/
Michał Urbanowicz
This is absolutely awesome!
Pascal Andy
Reminds me webflow. Any trial available?
Norm
Maker
@_pascalandy yeah sure, you can try the trial at the bottom of the page near the buy button: https://solisapp.com/
iz
Looks cool, but... What engine does it use to render the code? Can I be sure it will look the same in all browsers? Not all, but which exactly then? What versions? Got excited first, but then the questions came up...
Norm
Maker
@iliaz It uses Safari Webkit, so it renders the same as Safari. Solis is not a cross browser testing tool, its more a visual output you use while you build with realtime code feedback.
Adam Mellor
Are you going to offer any student discount on this product?
Norm
Maker
@mellorad Sure thing, get in touch: https://cazoobi.freshdesk.com/support/tickets/new
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