We have some bad news: We will no longer be developing Subform.
Your copy of Subform will continue to work, indefinitely. You can continue to open
existing files or create whole new projects for as long as you want.
We’ll be leaving the forum online for the foreseeable future, but on September 1st we’ll disable posting, transitioning it to a read-only reference.
If you were a part of the paid beta, your subscription has been automatically canceled and you will not be charged again going forward. You’ll continue to have forum access.
As for why we’re shutting down: we just don’t think there’s a place in the market where Subform can compete.
For now, the brief explanation is that we weren’t able to find a place where Subform fits into most designers’ workflows.
In testing and talking with a huge range of designers, we found that the promise of Subform was different for everyone. Many wanted a more efficent drawing tool, but only if it has full feature parity with Sketch. Some wanted complex conditional logic for prototyping, a la Axure. Others wanted a tool for visually composing React components, a WYSIWYG web editor, and so on.
Unfortunately, what we’ve found is that there isn’t a single product scope that’s achievable in the near-team—and is still useful and usable for the majority of testers. Going forward, we suspect that we’ll see more specialized tools for specialized tasks, rather than monoliths. (We released Sketch.systems as a standalone tool, rather than a complex integration into Subform, for this reason.)
We appreciate all of the support and feedback ya’ll have given us over the past three years, from funding our first prototype on Kickstarter to the many long conversations here on this forum that convinced us that we needed a better layout engine and friendlier UI interactions.
Subform is absolutely a better tool because of your help, so thank you.
If you catch one of us in person, drinks are on us.
Kevin + Ryan