Bootstrap Studio is the most well designed visual builder I’ve used. It’s not as powerful as Pinegrow. You can’t edit the HTML within the program. There’s no built-in HTML editor, and no way to link an external editor (like Visual Studio) the way you can with PG. We’ve been requesting this for some time now, so the devs are thinking about it. In BSS, you can’t view more than one page at time. It doesn’t support multiple monitors. You can’t use your own fonts (only Google fonts, though the devs are supposedly addressing this in an upcoming update.)
Because of the way it saves the website project (a single, compressed JSON file) BSS doesn’t allow you to import things like PDFs or Videos (they could potentially make the file too large.) You have to put them on your server and link to them. It allows you to link to CDNs, and import css and js, but HTML can only be imported as placed custom code. Imported HTML is not customizable through the visual tools. In this regard, Pinegrow is far more powerful.
Basically, with Pinegrow, you can bring in any website or template and customize it. With BSS, you more or less have to build your site with the program. BSS exports standard HTML and CSS files which can be edited in any program (like PG) and it produces is 100% clean, semantic code. This, IMO, is the biggest benefit of the program. To my knowledge, of the visual builders on the market, only Pinegrow, Webflow and Bootstrap Studio are producing clean, semantic code.
BSS doesn’t offer master pages, but rather “linked components” which is actually as good if not better then master pages. A component that is linked across the site can be edited from any page, and will update across the site. Nor does BSS offer CSS Grid tools (it is a Bootstrap builder afterall) but the devs have stated they will consider adding support for CSS grid if there is enough demand.
One thing I will say about both programs… the developers are small teams who are fiercely dedicated to their users, as well as to updating and improving their programs. This is something I’ve ONLY found with Pinegrow and Bootstrap Studio. Got a problem with an Adobe product? You might as well be shouting into the abyss. They’ve still got bugs in their software that I reported to them ten years ago.
I’d say BSS updates their program more often, and they are more interactive with the users on their forum. We often have in-depth discussion with them about features we’d like to see, and they really take our suggestions to heart. I’ve already seen a few of my suggestions end up implemented in updates. This is not to say the PG devs are unresponsive, because they’re actually excellent. Both developers are quick to fix bugs. BSS wins on price, but PG allows you to do a lot more.
Anyway, I digress. The best thing to do is download the trials and try each one out.