Pickaxe reviews

Create your own AI studio

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4.8/5
31 reviews
As of July 2024, it is a great entry-level no-code app builder.

Pickaxe certainly opens the door to building custom-made apps. I can already come up with a ton of use-cases for the apps I have created. The biggest drawback as of right now is they don't have Prompt Chaining. Prior to using Pickaxe I have built a dozen automations with prompt chains using my prompt chain applications and the output they can create is a lot more sophisticated than what Pickaxe is capable of at the moment. So unfortunately I cannot migrate those over, which is disappointing. I am still very happy with my purchase though. Looking forward to seeing how Pickaxe develops going forward.

NathanConner
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Fun and functional

What a great age we live in, where you can just describe what you want and it appears! Okay, it's not quite "Tea, Earl Grey, hot", but Pickaxe is pretty close in terms of AI tools.

I used it yesterday to create a little tool just for my own use -- a bot to help me get past creative blocks by asking me a series of questions to focus me on the "Why?" of the project, define my approach, brainstorm design ideas, then break the task down into approachable actions.

My first try, it came out nearly perfect, with one small glitch: It asked all the questions at once. So I went back into the editor and, in plain English, added just one extra line of instructions. The tool changed its behaviour, making it act exactly as I wanted. Moments later, I was underway with my work, and the tool had given me some really useful design suggestions I wouldn't have come up with on my own. (Except I did, kinda. It's like talking to yourself, except the other you isn't stuck in your own thinking.)

Until now, browsing AppSumo has been like going through a kitchen appliance aisle, looking for precisely the right single-purpose gadget to fit my needs -- and often not finding it, because what I want is too specific or not relevant to enough other people for it to get made.

But with Pickaxe, it's like I've suddenly inherited an overseas factory that will design a single instance of anything I ask for and ship it to me.

Then comes the thought "Well, if this is useful to me, maybe somebody else would want it" -- which opens up a whole other world of possibilities. And Pickaxe already has that capacity baked in, with design tools and the ability to build a "studio" (storefront) for your creation.

So whether you just want to make tools for yourself or you're looking for a way to build custom-tailored AI solutions to other people, I would heartily recommend Pickaxe.

Maybe you could do these things with ChatGPT, but I find Pickaxe's interface much more inviting, plus it gives you your own environment for sharing tools -- which surely must elevate its perceived value (versus being a tool stuck into ChatGPT's sidebar).

hamishmacdonald
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
My Experience with Pickaxe

I have used several products like this, so I wondered how best to describe the experience. It was like moving from one of the old flip phones to my first iPhone—yes, Pickaxe is that good. It is well designed and laid out, and the whole Studio concept is sheer genius. The forum is active, and the Pickaxe Team responds well.
Pickaxe can become a great company. But there are obstacles to this. On the forum, I asked (as have others) for a currency other than dollars—this was met by polite surprise and the question of whether it was a major block to sales. This answer worried me. A customer should not have to check exchange rates before buying a product.
There is also the question of white labelling (I posted on the forum minutes ago, so there is no time for a reply). I went to extra expense and great trouble to establish my own brand. But on the sign-in via Google, there is a huge sign that is the Pickaxe URL. It is hard to white label when the very large sign on the front door points to another company.
All of these issues are ultimately addressable. So, to sum up, Pickaxe is simply an amazing product. It is well-engineered and designed. Our team has bought other products from AppSumo, but Pickaxe is easily the best product we have ever bought. Wrestled for over 10 months to bring what we believe is a revolutionary AI product to authors (no, not another write your own novel via AI -yuk!!). We were using a combination of Open AI and Bubble. Render, Flowise and struggling. Just 6 days with Pickaxe, and it is finished (check it out for yourself: https://chat.chatfables.com/home). If I get the time, I will make a YouTube video one day using archive footage we have of trying to build without Pickaxe and then building our product with Pickaxe - honestly, it is mind-blowing.
We are on the tier 2 plan but plan to upgrade.
I hope that this review helps.

hello3972
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
good job

Well, I have to say that it's a great piece of software, very well thought out, I've written questions about the software and almost all the minor faults have been ironed out. There are a few minor bugs but they don't prevent it from being used, it would be nice to be able to put urls in the studio to include faqs, or online chat pages, because users always have questions about the software, I used another tool before, but this one is more complete and more mature; you can monetise each tool and do free trials, and in 2024 it's just what the user expects. Great job, I didn't have another look at the images, which can't be resized which is a shame, and the web search isn't up to scratch for me, because when you give a url the information given by the ia is mostly wrong or not very accurate, I'm just hoping for an improvement in the web search, or the url analyser and image generation, but the work done is already enormous, so well done. Please also think about putting the offers in all languages, as use per month is not always understood by non-English speakers.

max-robykurt
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
This Makes GPT Commerce Easy

We have been looking for a tool to create knowledge bases and GPT prompts to provide very custom services to our members. There are the extreme LLM builders that suck the fun and creativity out of you and you miss the train taking so long to learn and use them, but this is a great middle ground to produce really useful and well presented GPT tools. I appreciate how they have made this so friendly to use, the generous tokens to get started and the fact that they only charge a % if you use their studios to market and sell your Pickaxes - you can embed on your own site if you choose to. If you get a chance to see their Meet the Founders presentation on YouTube (sorry I dont have the URL to hand), do so. You learn a lot and it is good to see the people behind the app. Very credible.

1 taco removed for listing items in the founders notes that they may not include for LTDs (you know what I am referring to.. Actions). The will-they-wont-they has been frustrating. I am resigned to no actions now :(. But even without, amazing tool and team.

christian814
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
More than I Even Knew I Wanted

I have LOVED working in Pickaxe - I never even thought that I could design my own AI tool so to see that not only could I do it, I could do it easily, and to exactly what I want, is amazing. There is a little bit of a learning curve to get everything set up just as I wanted but the documentation was a big help and got me there.

lacey1
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Incredible AI Tool

The AI revolution has been here for quite some time in the corporate sector, but PickAxe makes this available and accessible to the masses. The incredible value here is the capacity to scale your offerings by taking the time to train your AI PickAxe to your unique business niche. Hands down one of my best out-the-box purchases from AppSumo!

jess84
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Pleasantly Surprised

I like this product a lot. Great UI and functions.

I use it to create "custom GPTs" and embed it on my website or put it in a domain.

So far it's been good and there's a lot, a lot of potential here.

This idea behind this product isn't anything earthshattering. But I don't think there's any other product out there right now that's this simple to use for non-coders and yet with such a great UI.

So there is a lot of potential for this to grow and get even better.

CONCERNS:
However, there are some concerns that some have mentioned in the question section. There's no date given for API for Claude even though many people have asked many times. The owner doesn't really respond to follow up questions and leaves many questions unanswered. And there are concerns about what the future would be like post-Appsumo. Already some features in "Pro" are not part of Appsumo and I'm assuming this is a way for them to upsell us eventually to a monthly plan as our "lifetime deal" doesn't have enough essential features. So I hope the owner will be more forthcoming. And thus a 4 stars instead of 5 stars from me.

Nevertheless, it's a very good product and I like it a lot. It could be one of the better products on Appsumo if the concerns are addressed above.

I hope this product reaches its potential. Cheers!

jonathanjon
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Easily one of the best apps ever on AppSumo

I was skeptical when I saw how simple it would be to create a monetizable app. Within an hour or two, I had a fully built-out app—incredibly easy. I am still blown away at how easy it was. I am not to sharp when it comes to design, but Pickaxe made it easy. I am sure my designer would be able to take it to the next level. Very cool app. Easily one of the best apps I have purchased on AppSumo.

DaleT
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Business in a box!

In just one day, we built new features using Pickaxe's lowest tier. It's an amazing deal! Grab it now or regret it later!

cranko
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Most Promising One Yet!

I had the opportunity to test out almost all the ai tools here on appsumo but this is by far the most polished and well thought after one. Every feature is well implemented. Just one issue is with the payment processor. In india and other countries stripe is not present. Razorpay is mainly used here and india being a big market team should try to see the feasibility of this. Otherwise the studio feature is not of much use. Please help in this team and make this the best ai product till date on appsumo.

aviral6
Purchased from: AppSumo.com
Full Domain Control With a Standalone Chatbot Builder

This is the best AI tool for creating your own chatbot that can stand alone on your own domain. Other chatbot builders can only be embedded within an iFrame or act as a widget. Training is easy and allows users to upload attachments. I love it!

Sumanoid
Purchased from: AppSumo.com