Hi mikeymouse22 –
I’d thought I’d jump in here, as I too have been exploring both blocsapp & pinegrow, coming from Muse, and looking for a new tool now that Muse is expiring.
Anyhow, I should say I have very limited coding knowledge and am not a designer, but like to be able to create my own website and have complete control over it (according to my skill level, of course).
Blocsapp appeared really appealing to me when I first found it, the UI is stunning (IMO) and the marketing presented an easy to use elegant approach…so I purchased it. While version 3 promises to be a big step forward, working with v2 has been more frustrating than fun…you have to work the way ‘it’ works, unless perhaps you have a high level of coding skill and now how to get under the hood, that is if you can even find the hood! Norm, it’s developer is a wonderful guy, very serious about his work and very good at it too, it’s just that the vision for the app is driven to be a very specific kind of tool, and this makes it more deterministic then open and flexible, which of course shows up in the experience of using it. You have to learn to think they way it thinks!
In steps Pinegrow. The fundamental difference for me with Pinegrow is that it doesn’t control you, it is wide open, it is transparent, and it is a wonderful way to learn how to code…so I concur completely with Printninja, who has been an invaluable sherpa as I climb the learning curve, and there is a ton of learning tools to study. Additionally, with the supported Frameworks that come with Pinegrow, and others you can add, there is a ton of options to construct quickly, and learn how to modify as you dig deeper into each Framework, something Blocs in not about, as it is exclusively a Bootstrap app.
I would recommend the Pro Version (even though I’m not a pro, I purchased it) for the reasons Printninja mentioned, if this is going to be a professional tool for you, those extra features could prove invaluable.
Best of luck to you!
PS. Using Atom with Pinegrow is also a really good option!