Handcraft isn’t widely discussed on the web, but it has received some positive attention from users. Many appreciate the convenient web based design. Others note the features as the application’s strong point. The text editor, for example, contains additional functions including an auto complete feature along with a powerful file management system. The application takes some time to get used to, but once the user becomes accustomed to it there are many ways they can benefit.
Handcraft has put together a collection of tools that cater to designers. Users can create functional prototypes that utilize a variety of convenient features that can make life much easier for the designer (once they learn how to fully utilize the application). The application is also equipped with handy sharing tools so users can work together on projects without trying to send files by email. The application doesn’t differ much from other, similar applications, but does provide an appealing collection of features.
Handcraft offers a clean, professional interface that favors lighter hues. The design is very basic and gives the user everything they need with nothing to get in the way. For the most part, Handcraft adopts a modern appearance although it borders on looking a bit plain and unremarkable. Of course many could argue that graphics and design elements are not really important for this type of application. The focus should remain on the user’s prototype.
A new user can try Handcraft by clicking the dark blue “Start 30 Day Free Trial” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. The registration form on the following page asks for a full name, email address and password. A note advises the user that they are automatically agreeing to the terms of service by submitting the form. Those that continue are automatically logged in and can begin testing Handcraft out.
The free trial version of Handcraft includes one prototype, access for two users and up to 1 MB of storage space. Users can continue the free trial indefinitely. The 30 day free trial provides the user with access to the paid membership. The paid version costs $19 per month and includes up to five prototypes, access for five users, up to 100 MBs of storage space, archiving, client sign in access and change histories.
Handcraft is an inexpensive solution for designers. Users can create functional prototypes and share them with clients online. The service isn’t costly, but is rather limiting. Users who create more than five prototypes or have larger teams may find that Handcraft is too restrictive compared to alternative applications. Unless the team or company plans to purchase multiple accounts, then they might want to look elsewhere. For others, the service is very affordable and convenient.