Not sure about Chris’s experience.
But I have dabbled with Adalo and Draftbit and I must say that the functioning of Adalo’s interface is much more intuitive for non-advanced users who are new to making their own apps. Basically, it is more design intuitive and seamlessly integrates design sketching with functionality. While draftbit has more features it’s UX is extremely cluttered and bulky.
The main place I see this is the layout and navigation. In draftbit I find myself spending 90% of my time trying to get layers and page elements to align or fit together correctly. Drag and drop functionality would remove most of this stress. Another area is the navigator tab. The way of making a flow chart between separate pages like Adalo gives me a good idea - without even testing how the app will function and flow between pages.
It really pains me that despite all the work I see you guys putting in I feel like it is only getting more “clunky” of a UI experience. It is much more preferable for a user without a computer engineering background to sketch something that works and then toggle the finer elements and functionality of databases than to make them define concepts for apps which they themselves can’t even visualize because the UI is so overburdening. This is a real shame since in terms of the apps that Adalo can make they are not nearly as intricate no-code solutions as draftbit. But I would rather make a “duck-tape” quality fix on a simpler no-code solution than be overburdened and unable to visually create what is in an app maker’s sketchpad or mind on a complicated and more holistic product software.
Some quick takeaways why Adalo is currently faster for my needs despite being technically “weaker” in many capabilities:
- Simpler and more manageable UI
- Lack of a drag and drop functionality
- Adalo’s Ability to quickly copy and paste various elements with simple Ctrl C/V between pages
- Difficulty using Draftbit for a simple proof of concept design sketching makes it harder to craft the app and use more robust features that are already running.
- Adalo has easily visualized navigation to see how pages interact: shows HOW the screen tabs integrate with one another (consol has parents, sub parents and arrow features)
Draftbit seems amazing, don’t out engineer Adalo but have it out innovate you!