Sofa’s co-founder and former art director relaunch their static site generator as Cactus for Mac
After two years at Facebook, Bok and van Dijk deci
ded that they wanted to go back to working for themselves, so they left to start a company. To start off as they struck out on their own, the pair dusted off their Cactus project and created a Mac version of it.
Sofa created Cactus while working on design-centric website templates for their clients.
“Slowly, we started to figure out that it was kind of a hassle to let designers set it up. If you want to use a template engine, you would need to set up a whole environment with Ruby and Django. It was a hassle,” Bok told The Next Web.
After the Facebook acquisition, the team released Cactus as open source software. However, the project had limited reach because it relied on terminal commands.