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What is Framer?

The design tool that does it all. Design. Prototype. Collaborate. Framer is an interactive design and prototyping tool

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Product Description

Framer is a new creative tool to build interaction and animation prototypes


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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ability to collaborate on any particular idea prototyping online with ease is the most helpful feature of Framer. The code in Framer prototypes is directly usable on live projects, saving time and effort to write similar design codes again. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find the coding part most challenging to go through while using this application. Furthermore, the interface and workflow are still a bit confusing for new users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been using Framer to collaborate on any web design prototyping online, which has helped us work on any designs smoothly during this pandemic situation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UX Designer
Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
UC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I love prototyping interactions and animations. Framer is absolutely the best way to do this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Live demo can be a bit slow and a big laggy, esp when trying to screen capture. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A little pricy, but definitely worth it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prototype to facilitate design presentations to engineers/PMs

Giving them a moving visual helps so much Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Freelance Designer
Graphic Design
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The flexibility and logic based interactions. The sky is the limit Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's webkit based, so native mobile features (haptic touch, camera, etc...) are not accessible. The design tab is not where it needs to be yet for production use, but quickly getting there. Modules and organization of modules is a bit fractured and hard to keep track of. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design-to-dev hand off and ideation for real app behavior. Prototyping interactions through Framer has allowed me to be able to solve problems faster and showcase an idea to other team team members more effectively Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Jr. UX/UI Designer
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This software is capable of so much! You can literally prototype any interaction imaginable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is a little complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it all makes sense Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It helps to have some background knowledge in coding because framer is code based and requires you to understand conditional statements in order to prototype your design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Communicating interactions Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is extremely flexible in what you can do with motion design. Unlike Principle, this software tool is incredibly robust and gives the user a total control on what they are designing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It has a steep learning curve. The programming part of it throws most people off. Although after spending a few hours one would realize that the programming is not that intense. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider making the application a little more easy to use. Most people I know are afraid because it feels heavy and difficult to learn. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing motion interaction for websites and apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Scrum Master - Agile Practitioner
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is easy to get started. The layout is fairly intuitive and it resembles other tools, making it more familiar. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It requires some degree of understanding in interaction design and programming to get going fast, and off the ground running. If you have no technical background it might pose an extra step. Not terrible though. If you are of a learning spirit it is a good way to learn. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Give it a shot. But if you have no technical background you might want to explore alternative tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Short turn around of ideas and prototypes. Makes the iteration cycle tighter. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ability to have infinite possibilities to code and learn interaction design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The fact that you have to learn to code. (not that hard, few hours does it) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just jump the ship. You will learn to design, code and animate. Do I smell a unicorn in the making... Hellooo! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing interaction and hi fidelity prototypes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Designer
Internet
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Framer Studio is my go-to prototyping tool. Using coffeescript, it allows anyone to build mobile or desktop prototypes that feel like the real thing. The tool offers in-depth documentation, snippets, instant code and many other useful features. Framer Studio also integrates with your go-to design tool, like Sketch and Photoshop, for easy importing of files. You can also use the Framer app on your iOS device to view your mobile prototypes in real time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As a beginner programmer, Framer Studio has a steep learning curve. However, they do a great job of supporting a large resource library and boast a really active community. In the future, I would love to see Framer Studio replace my design software so I can design+prototype in the same tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You'll need to have at least a basic understanding of Javascript to use Framer Studio. I also recommend getting involved with the Framer community online to see lots of examples of other people making similar prototypes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Framer Studio allows me to put together prototypes that feel like real applications and websites. I then use these prototypes to get stakeholders' buy-in in a much more effective way than static mockups. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Graphic Designer & UI/UX Designer
Media Production
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

When you have a prototype up and running, the code output is what makes the difference with framer. It bridges a gap between front end and developers. This means that devs get a more precise idea of what you're attempting to design with motion especially. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As a UI designer with just basic HTML experience, the learning curve is kind of steep. Also, this is very much for designers who have a solid grasp of front end coding and css concepts. It's also written in a language of it's own that's supposed to be easier to pick up- but how easy it is to pick up is going to depend on the designer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're able to get past the learning curve of a new basic programming language, it's good. But if that's a challenge, it may present alot of friction in implementation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hoping to find a solution that communicates motion and design intention more precisely to a development team. It really does help developers understand the math of what you as a desinger are trying to accomplish in a specific way. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Brand Designer | UI, UX & Visual Designer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I really like the ability to tweak the interaction parameters, write and edit code to customize the animations. It's a great tool for those who don't afraid of coding, however you don't really need to know how to code, but it extends your possibilities greatly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is somewhat steep, but on the other hand there are already lots of resources. You'll need to know Coffee Script to get the most out of the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a great tool for tech oriented designers with a passion for interaction and motion design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're visualizing micro animations for the UI's we create. Also is a great tool for high fidelity mobile app prototyping. I even could make splash screen animations in it, so basically you can see your product right from the loading screen, with all the interactions a user can make, without coding it first. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web & Digital Product Manager
Media Production
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There is fantastic documentation and a solid community surrounding the product. The open code base means many people add to the libraries and create plugins. It's a great in between for higher fidelity mockups and has really helped improve the workflow of our product development process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Requires some coding knowledge, which is not a problem, but adds to the learning curve. However, it's worth it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take a course. Do projects. Learn by doing and excel at communicating design within teams and to clients. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps me communicate interaction design to visual designers and developers much more easily. Before, we had to find other examples and tell everyone to imagine it within our project. Now, we can just design the in between specifically for the product. We can also create our own libraries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI & Frontend designer
Entertainment
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

I like the function for import design from Sketch and the new possibility to create prototype without write code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Basically I like everything, I don't use it anymore only because I don't need to make complicated prototypes so Principle fits for me better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend it only if you have a basic knowledge of Cooffescript, otherwise it's difficult to use it.

Anyway there is a Facebook group where developers are very active and willing to help. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can make more complicated prototypes than with Principle. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Design Squire
Marketing and Advertising
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Framer Studio is 100% code based, which enables developers and designers alike to literally create anything they can imagine, as there is no limitation in terms of a pre-built library of animations, interactions and such. It allows anyone with some code-skills to communicate with high precision and fidelity their ideas to stakeholders and engineering. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There's a fairly steep learning curve if you want to get into Framer Studio, as it's fully code based. Framer does provide a very well documented library and a ton of resources to get new users going though. But from time to time it can be frustrating to not figure out why something isn't working right. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Internally I'm solving a great deal of communication issues related to building immersive interactions that are easy to build for engineers, and externally this is very vital to making sure our clients and stakeholders are aware of both the big picture and what we're doing on a micro-interactive level with their products and services. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Framer makes it possible for UX designers to showcase their design in an easier way. It is really good for professionals to express their ideas and support the ideas by really clickable and feasible solutions. Overall it is really helpful for designers to communicate with developers or product team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It required a lot of time input to learn how to user Framer. I had some basic programming skills like HTML, Javascript and even a bit of Python, but it was still difficult for me to dive into the coding part. The tutorials help just basic ones and I wish there are more intermediate examples/templates available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's mostly validating ideas and showing that the design is codable. Sometimes developers push back the ideas, as designers, you need to validate that they were really feasible ones. The application is like a bridge between designers and developers that help them build their common ground. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Product Designer
Computer Software
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Shareability.

The main advantage of Framer is that since it uses HTML and Javascript (coffeescript) as a main language, it becomes very easy to generate a Framer share link and send it off to the team for review. This also makes it quite easy to put onto a phone. Android and iOS both support the addition of links to the home screen for full-screen viewing. From there, the possibilities are endless! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Framer isn't great for interactions that mainly focus on navigation between screens. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't be afraid of Framer Studio just because it uses code. This is precisely the thing that makes it powerful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Framer Studio, I am solving the problem of getting design and UI animation ideas from my head onto the screen of someone on my team who can make product decisions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Framer Studio uses a simple yet powerful language based on JavaScript called CoffeeScript. Those with JavaScript experience will find that although it can be difficult to adjust to CoffeeScript concise syntax, they can quickly benefit from the cleaner look in terms of maintainability / readability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Framer Studio does not provide enough support for viewing your prototypes on Android devices. The app on the Play Store only supports devices with API Level 4.4 and above, which can be limiting for many who still use older levels. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Coming up with new kinds of interactions that are simple and intuitive. Framer helps me rapidly iterate on new ideas to get a "feel" for a new kind of interface. The Framer framework gives you some powerful animation capabilities that web and mobile developers will be thankful for. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

* High possibility for customized interaction

* Multi-device simulation supported

* Easily to share or demonstrate to other, while using browser

* The motion controlling algorithm could be shared at the designing and coding stage

* Nice and nite working space

* Friendly to other design tool, like Sketch, PS

* Docs are full and complete Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

* You have to code, even regular effect

* Specific interaction require complex coding skill

* Steep learning curve comparing to other new tools, like Principle

* Distraction could not be avoid, when you are designing while coding

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Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are good to code, in order to present some interaction preview, Framer Studio would be a good choice for you. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We always have to prove to the other colleague that what interaction is designed for such scenario, and how they works. Framer Studio and such tool provide us a way to make it and show it to others. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior PHP Developer
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I love that I can export files to Sketch! Coming from a background of systems development using Golang, I taught myself Sketch at first so that I could design my own interfaces for my mobile and tablet apps.

One of my friends recommended I try out Framer Studio for an even easier design process. I did and I have never looked back!

Transferring my amateur design skills, in Sketch, to Framer was so easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not dislike the product at all! I just can't afford the 99$ right now, because I had just bought a licence for Sketch (100$).

Despite that, I love using the trial product for now. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Using Framer will improve your understanding of the product you're trying to design as it allows you to fully invest your attention on the features and workflow of the app you're working on, as opposed to making it to so hard to use the software to accomplish a simple task.

Additionally, please buy the licence as soon as you can afford it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I avoiding hiring a full-time designer (Photoshop) for my alcohol-delivery startup, to save on cost.

With Framer and Sketch, I have been able to design the mobile app for the service pretty much by myself...well, with a little help from the guys who come up with these marvelous tutorials on how to use and design using Framer and Sketch :-).

Additionally, the turn-around time to implement design changes is quite short which enables to iterate on the product much faster! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Product Designer
Information Technology and Services
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

One of the greatest feature of the Framer JS is to build intricate animations and interactions. This can be done just by writing a few lines of code in Coffee Script. The best part about it is that you can write code and observe the changes happen in real time on the prototype in the right part of the interface. Other great functionalities of framer are live preview in Android and IOS devices(which gives a real feel to the users) and direct import options from Photoshop and Sketch. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is into design and prototyping.

Moreover, FramerJS facebook community is pretty good and active. And in general the documentation available on their website is pretty decent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not exactly dislike, but the initial learning curve for Framer JS for non coders is a bit high. It take a couple of weeks to get comfortable with Coffee Script. However, there are a few tutorials available on internet which can make this easy. But still for someone who is entirely unfamiliar with the coding, it takes quite a bit of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a great tool if you want to prototype intricate details while you design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a student and I am using Framer while designing interfaces for academic projects and prototyping a couple of my side projects. The greatest thing about framer is that you can spend some time and make almost real prototypes before spending time on the actual development which consumes a lot of time. Also, if you are not a developer it becomes easier for you to communicate your ideas to developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UX Designer
Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

- Side by side preview (live preview)

- Autofill as you type Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- Debugging becomes a tough task when misspellings are not highlighted Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is one of the best prototyping products which offer you a lot of flexibility. With the new features like AutoCode, it becomes more aligned with its vision to help designers prototype faster. Also, the team behind looks super efficient and they are always listening to you.

The Support Community is one of the best I have ever seen. Have any question? Just post it on Fb Community and you'll get so many responses. Hence, you can never get stuck.

Highly recommend framer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Makes me efficient in expressing my ideas to higher stakeholders. Also to coders.

- Empowers me as Designer

- Can do multiple iterations Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like being able to do animations for developers. It's much easier to make it in Framer sometimes than try to explain it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find it hard when I get stuck in coding to be able to do what I want. I don't have a programming background and find it difficult. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's really hard to learn if you've never had any programming background. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Animations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Designer
Internet
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Flexability, design of Studio software, comunity Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve, time consuming, lack of web support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Do not fear to code a little Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prototyping of interfaces for web applications. I am picked Framer for learning javascript on cool design examples. In feature I do not plan to use Framer because of lack of web support Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Since it's code-based, it gives me much greater flexibility than the usual drag-n-drop tools. That plus the great integration with Sketch, makes Framer my go to tool for prototyping interfaces. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are still some issues with layer names when importing from Sketch. I would also really like to be able to work with vector-assets. Right now all layers from Sketch are converted to bitmap.

Coffeescript is also a bit of a down side for me, as prefer plain javascript. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should be comfortable with building your prototypes in code (Coffeescript). However the learning curve is not that steep and the documentation is great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior UI/UX Designer
Information Technology and Services
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I think Framer Studio is one of the best prototyping tools out there on the market today.

I like its simple user interface and can be integrated with other very useful tools.

Another great feature is it is very flexible, which allows you to create any type of animations/transitions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I personally don't have any issues with it, but there are some people in my team (with no coding background) struggle with Framer Studio.

I hope the creators soon will come up with solution for this group of users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating mobile prototypes for the clients and developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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