Abstract vs. Flowdock

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Abstract
Score 6.2 out of 10
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Abstract, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, offers a collaboration tool for developers and others, featuring a version controlled master file set and approval workflow.N/A
Flowdock
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Flowdock is a collaboration tool built around a chat and team inbox interface. Flowdock is available via app or as a browser-based solution. It was originally offered by Rally Software Development, which was acquired by CA Technologies, which was acquired by Broadcom in 2018.N/A
Pricing
AbstractFlowdock
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbstractFlowdock
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AbstractFlowdock
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.8
4 Ratings
3% below category average
Flowdock
4.9
2 Ratings
48% below category average
Workflow Automation7.62 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Mobile Access7.03 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Search8.93 Ratings5.72 Ratings
Task Management00 Ratings6.72 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings3.01 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
Visual planning tools00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
8.7
4 Ratings
8% above category average
Flowdock
3.8
2 Ratings
72% below category average
Chat10.02 Ratings8.92 Ratings
Notifications9.04 Ratings7.72 Ratings
Discussions8.04 Ratings7.72 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.62 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
8.1
4 Ratings
1% below category average
Flowdock
7.8
1 Ratings
4% below category average
Versioning10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.53 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Access control6.24 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Advanced security features6.92 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Device sync9.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
AbstractFlowdock
Likelihood to Recommend
2.1
(4 ratings)
6.6
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbstractFlowdock
Likelihood to Recommend
Abstract
  • 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
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Broadcom
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.
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Pros
Abstract
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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Broadcom
  • Mobile app experience
  • Software integrations
  • Notifications
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Cons
Abstract
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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Broadcom
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
Abstract
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Broadcom
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 Slack for its robust features and ever-changing/evolving software integrations. Slack is the outright innovator in the space and will continue to hold that role for some time.
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Usability
Abstract
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.
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Broadcom
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Support Rating
Abstract
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.
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Broadcom
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Alternatives Considered
Abstract
I purchased and administer Abstract. It was requested by our design department who evaluated it.
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Broadcom
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 Slack in this user experience and design.
The second point is the price. Flowdock is half price of Slack ($3/month). If you are a student or a non-profit organization, you are able to get some special license.
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Return on Investment
Abstract
  • Single source of truth for the team.
  • Could quickly get expensive with corporate accounts.
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Broadcom
  • 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.
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