I have been interested in Blocs for a while and also see this forum as one of its strengths. I finally downloaded the 5 day trial last weekend and thought that I would record some of my impressions. Sadly the demo version has stopped working and I didn’t put in as many hours as intended so forgive these comments being from memory.
I like the concept and the app was totally stable while I played with it. It started me off well and the documentation was fair. With that in mind…
Am I right in thinking that the basic styles (heading etc) are fixed and that I need a custom class to override anything that I want to change? If they are editable, I missed how to do it so that may be a comment on the UI (or on dumb users, of course).
I like the fact that Blocs allows for different resolutions of images according to the client’s display resolution. However, I am surprised that Blocs expects the user to provide several images. Could it not accept one image (presumably the highest resolution) and produce the others on the fly as required (presumably just at export time). This seems an obvious piece of automation so have I missed something?
If I want a series of paragraphs with a neat separation (ie not just a blank line), must I use a series of paragraph Brics?
I didn’t like the Brics bar at the bottom of the window. If I hit the + icon, I get a nice table of all the Brics that, crucially, includes their names. Why doesn’t the bar include, at least as an option, the names (think macOS toolbar options)? The icons for various text styles are (understandably) very similar to each other. The + icon seems to edit some default selection in the bar - I could not find that documented anywhere - it seemed to replace rather than add?
I think the Bric ‘insertion’ mode (can’t remember the right name) that allows clicking rather than drag and drop is a poor ergonomic choice. I repeatedly expected to drag and drop 'cos that’s how macOS works. The comment that drag and drop is so '90s misses the point that modal interfaces are so early '80s.
The Asset Manager is indeed in need of a revamp. However, I deduce that it is a front end to assets provided (and stored) by the user, not a repository in its own right (I didn’t find that documented anywhere). I think that’s a sound design so it’s a front-end revamp that’s needed, not a fundamental change.
I described the documentation as “fair”. I should add that I did not watch most of the videos (personal opinion: I dislike videos as they force someone else’s, single, pace and are hard to skim). The thing I missed was an overview/how to produce your first page document. My first impression was the ‘what do I do now?’ response, followed by ‘why aren’t there any templates?’. Once I looked at the Brics, I understood that there are lots of modular templates and I like the page construction mechanisms. Somehow, it would be good to introduce that earlier (maybe it just needs a handful of dummy but complete pages to hack around)? This is not a big deal, at least for me.
I tried looking for some of the points in this note in the forum but found that quite difficult. Simple text searching didn’t give me good results (so apologies if I have duplicated previous posts). I don’t know the answer to this, short of someone indexing/arranging the issues here into a structured FAQ or whatever. I accept entirely that the Blocs team is small and better deployed on the app itself.
In summary, I hope these thoughts come over as positive. I liked Blocs in general and it’s the best of the site construction tools that I’ve yet seen. I may be parting with £s and posting more issues in the future, haven’t decided yet.