Prototyping Suite InVision Is Acquiring Design Tool Macaw

InVision, a prototyping tool we’ve covered before, is acquiring code-based design tool Macaw.

InVision is a product and prototype design tool used by hundreds of companies including Uber, Twitter, and Airbnb. Launched in 2011, the company has since raised around $80M in four fundraising rounds.

The acquisition, which is InVision’s first, comes after a long collaboration between the two companies on products like Motion and Inspect.

Macaw, which has 125k active users, originally raised about $300,000 during a 2013 Kickstarter campaign. Tom Giannattasio, Founder and CEO of Macaw, explained that the company always wanted to join a larger team, and “InVision was the first time it made sense”.

InVision explained that acquiring Macaw will help them achieve their goal of bridging the design-to-development gap by implementing Macaw’s “design to code” features into InVision’s products.

Notably, InVision is not shutting down Macaw. The company will indefinitely allow access to the current version, while Macaw’s latest product Scarlet (a live, real-time design environment) will be bundled into other InVision products this year.