Thanks for your thoughts.
@josephxbrick I completely agree with you re: the others being 'flows on rails'.
InVision is the worst for this. I really am bewildered by the amount of hype it gets for what is just a click through presentation device.
And indeed, the simplest of things like actual text fields are an alien feature that's too radical to imagine for them .... however, the simple fact is - it doesn't seem to be affecting their popularity.
You know 'just enough research' ... maybe this is 'just enough functionality'?
The thing I see with Framer X and Figma is how they cater to the world of design systems and living component libraries, beyond just a static widget library where widgets placed on the canvas then immediately lose their link from that very library.
This comes back to the 'just enough functionality' thing. Mockups and 'flows on rails' seem to do for design teams, while actual functionality is just reserved for the dev teams where a fully functional prototype won't just be discarded and the work starts again from scratch.
Axure's functionality is unrivalled, and so powerful for creating top-notch functional interactive prototypes, something which I love doing ... but I've come to really fear that it's based on outdated foundations in the age of React, Electron-based apps, and the 'trendy new world of design'. (Let's see just how 're-architected' 9 is...)
Which makes me really wonder what level of research the company do in to the world of design. Are they aware of your Amazon stories, and countless others like that throughout the industry?
Essentially, how much do they 'UX their UX tool'?
Hopefully that beta isn't far away...