Software we love even though it's made with Electron
The framework has gained significant traction in a relatively short period of time, but it also has some weaknesses: Some https://alternativeto.net/software/electron/ apps are slower compared to their native counterparts. Additionally, some have reported absurd CPU usage with Electron apps. Huge file size is also a common problem, but this does not mean all Electron apps have the same problems.
So, in defense of Electron, here's a list of ten Electron-based software that don’t suck.
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Mailspring is a multi-account mail client based on Nylas Mail and offering advanced features. Integrating a powerful search engine to index all incoming emails, Mailspring offers an efficient search similar to the one offered by Gmail.
Its clean design and simple and intuitive usability make it one of the best solutions available today. Despite the blocking of some advanced features - for example, tracking clicks and email openings - that are reserved for the pro version, the free plan is very convincing.
No need to present it anymore: Slack is a collaborative tool to facilitate communication and data exchange between professionals. No more file exchanges by email and via online storage services, no more conversations on instant messaging services, Slack brings together in a single interface everything you need so that you can discuss and exchange files easily with your friends and teammates.
Slack offers the possibility to connect a very large number of online services in order to facilitate data exchanges between collaborators of the same team.
Typora is a simplified text editor specially designed for inexperienced users who want to work with the Markdown language. With its minimalist and intuitive interface, Typora combines your experience as a coder and reader with user-friendly functionality. Indeed, the program overlooks the preview window, and focuses exclusively on your need for speed and efficiency through its live preview window.
Etcher is a utility that allows you to use a disk image to create a bootable USB stick or memory card on a computer. Extremely easy to use, Etcher has an image verification module to ensure the successful creation of your bootable storage medium.
Etcher has a very intuitive interface that guides the user step by step through the process. From a single window, you are prompted to follow three steps: select the disk image to use (in .iso or .img format), choose the storage media on which to "burn" the bootable disk image, and finally launch the "burning" process.
Discord is an instant messaging service for voice and text messages originally designed for gamers. Designed as an alternative to Skype and TeamSpeak, Discord allows you to exchange text messages and make voice calls, but also share images, videos and links directly from your computer or mobile device. It's a great alternative to Slack for gamers or people who just want to have a chat room where they can meet and discuss.
GitKraken is a Git client that allows you to open, manage, clone or create repositories and branches, as well as share code directly from your desktop.
With a structured and intuitive interface, GitKraken offers you the possibility to access your repositories locally and remotely. In order to simplify your access to the various projects you are working on, GitKraken invites you to synchronize your GitHub, GitLab and Bitbucket accounts directly via the user interface.
SimpleNote is a free, lightweight and easy-to-use cross-platform note-taking utility developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. All notes created on SimpleNote are automatically synchronized on all devices on which the software is installed. The notes you are working on can be shared with other users so that they can add what they want. It is also possible to generate a public link allowing everyone to access your notes online. There's actually a native macOS app but the Windows and Linux apps are made with Electron.
Kap is an advanced screen capture and recording utility for macOS users. Very easy to use, it is attached directly to the menu bar once installed. Kap is offers a perfectly intuitive user interface and allows you to take screenshots or record a video of your screen. The program allows you to choose a predefined ratio directly in the application but also manually indicate the size of the capture to be taken.
There are many other good software based on Electron, like the RSS reader https://alternativeto.net/software/reaven-reader/, the web browser https://alternativeto.net/software/beaker-browser/, the Evernote client https://alternativeto.net/software/tusk/, the note-taking app https://alternativeto.net/software/left/ or the video editing tool https://alternativeto.net/software/lossless-cut/, but I didn't want this list to be endless and so, I only chose ten apps that – I think – are a pretty good example that you can build good apps with Electron.
Bonus: You can also run https://alternativeto.net/software/windows95/ as an Electron app. 😁
Desktop is under attack. It is invaded by Electron. Electron is cancer for the desktop. Electron programs are bulky, bloated, heavy, sluggish and ugly, they are not native and not portable. Who uses Electron trash contributes to the fall of desktop software.
Legions of incompetent coders who have no idea of real programming pile up layer upon layer of junk and call themselves developers.
Big corporations no longer want to invest in good programmers so Electron "framework" is the obvious choice- it is cheap to hire incompetent developers and as a result desktop is quickly becoming Electron junk-yard.
The problem is that the sheeple accept the Electron trash. The average Joe's favourite argument- "Well, it works". How it works does not matter for the dullard. The more idiots accept Electron the gloomier is the future of software.
You can create nice apps, but optimization sucks big time. Nice additions to my black list though.
Interesting idea for a list as always, POX.
Typora I both defend, use and recommend. Discord , on the other hand, I cannot stand nor recommend. It's owned by the man who previously owned OpenFeint. In case you're not aware, there was a lawsuit involving selling personal user information: https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/1236-gamers-sue-openfeint-in-class-action-lawsuit/
Here is Richard Stallman on Discord: https://stallman.org/discord.html
I don't trust Discord, its investors nor anything its team creates. Saying you "love" Discord is a very strong word considering its creator's precedents and discord's investors. I'd strongly reconsider supporting them, POX. Not to mention, it's gotten more and more bloated with every release to the point its original purpose (VOIP) is lost among a store, premium features and unnecessary animations and cluttered visual elements.
[Edited by coralinecastell, November 22]
Discord feels... cumbersome. That is the primary reason I dislike using it, though this adds to that.
Thanks for your reply. Have you tried ? It's FOSS and not cumbersome at all.