Likelihood to Recommend Large teams with dedicated design operations support UX managers that want a facilitated workflow for their teams Disciplined teams of individual contributors that want to adopt a process in their UI workflow Cross-discipline teams that want a central collaboration space for reviewing and critiquing UI artifacts If your files are named "FOR-REALS_FINAL_FINAL_FINAL_Super-Important-Project (copy).sketch" If you're managing multiple pattern libraries Read full review
Flowdock is well suited for small teams and to environments that doesn't need too much reliability. I think it has some management problems that can make your life difficult if you have to manage a big amount of users. If you want just a tool communication with basic features (without using any integration or robust features) it can be suitable for you. You should try Flowdock using its free version for a small team and compare with others similar products. Flowdock delivers team chat and collaboration features, but is not necessarily the best product. Maybe some usability problems that disturb me won't be so relevant to you.
Read full review Pros Versioning for desginers Collaboration between team members Read full review Mobile app experience Software integrations Notifications Read full review Cons Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others. Filtering within files. Read full review One thing a little bit annoying is that a lot of links to others Flowdock sections (preferences, external services, etc) will open a new window/tab. Each click may take you to a new window and you can get lost easily. There isn't a quick access list to members of your organization to start a private chat. I took a while to find how to do that. The interface and usability could be better. There isn't an app for Windows Phone. Sometimes you try to load some conversation and it doesn't show anything. It is not frequently but happens sometimes. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
I go with the flow because I'm a newer employee and Flowdock works as advertised. If it were my decision to choose a team communciator for the organization, I'd recommend we go with
for its robust features and ever-changing/evolving software integrations.
is the outright innovator in the space and will continue to hold that role for some time.
Read full review Usability
Abstract has a difficult learning curve. If a
feature-branch workflow is new to you, then it will take some getting used to. They make a lot of updates to the interface and these feature releases get ahead of their documentation. They rely heavily on an excellent customer support team and are present on various Slack channels to help design professionals with issues. Read full review Support Rating
Abstract by nature is complex and has to respond to whatever changes in Sketch. So there are frequent issues. Support can be slow to respond and are not always helpful, but they are quick to find and patch the bugs. Overall, it's not the best support, but it hasn't been detrimental.
Read full review Alternatives Considered
I purchased and administer Abstract. It was requested by our design department who evaluated it.
Read full review Slack
is a similar software.
Private chat or channels are well implemented in both softwares and both are also very easy to setup.
Besides of some usability problemas I think Flowdock is still better than
in this user experience and design.
The second point is the price. Flowdock is half price of
($3/month). If you are a student or a non-profit organization, you are able to get some special license.
Read full review Return on Investment Single source of truth for the team. Could quickly get expensive with corporate accounts. Read full review Our company uses it by default. I enjoy the ability to communicate outside of text messages...keeps the conversation on in it's own bucket. Read full review ScreenShots