Abstract vs. Google Chat

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Abstract
Score 4.2 out of 10
N/A
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
Google Chat
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Google Chat, formerly Hangouts Chat, is a collaboration tool competing with Slack, designed to make it easy for teams to be able to get their work done in one place. From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate, and with dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time — plus threaded conversations — Chat helps users track progress and follow up tasks. Chat currently supports 28 languages and each room can support up to 8,000 members.N/A
Pricing
AbstractGoogle Chat
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbstractGoogle Chat
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
AbstractGoogle Chat
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
3.4
5 Ratings
79% below category average
Google Chat
7.9
20 Ratings
0% above category average
Task Management3.01 Ratings8.711 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.01 Ratings7.27 Ratings
Scheduling3.01 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Workflow Automation6.03 Ratings6.510 Ratings
Mobile Access5.04 Ratings8.319 Ratings
Search1.04 Ratings8.517 Ratings
Visual planning tools3.01 Ratings7.99 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.1
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Google Chat
8.1
20 Ratings
1% above category average
Chat10.02 Ratings9.020 Ratings
Notifications7.05 Ratings8.920 Ratings
Discussions7.05 Ratings7.618 Ratings
Surveys4.01 Ratings6.413 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.62 Ratings7.610 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings8.416 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.2
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Google Chat
8.3
20 Ratings
2% above category average
Versioning8.05 Ratings7.613 Ratings
Document collaboration6.04 Ratings8.317 Ratings
Access control6.05 Ratings7.814 Ratings
Advanced security features6.92 Ratings8.515 Ratings
Device sync9.13 Ratings9.018 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings8.717 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings8.216 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings8.316 Ratings
Best Alternatives
AbstractGoogle Chat
Small Businesses
Stackby
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Stackby
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Score 9.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Troop Messenger
Troop Messenger
Score 9.8 out of 10
Troop Messenger
Troop Messenger
Score 9.8 out of 10
Enterprises
HCL Connections
HCL Connections
Score 9.0 out of 10
HCL Connections
HCL Connections
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
AbstractGoogle Chat
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(5 ratings)
7.7
(20 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(4 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbstractGoogle Chat
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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Google
Well suited for businesses of all sizes. HOWEVER, I would say keep the chat groups limited at the departmental level, ensure that your moderator or the individual responsible for the group keeps it on topic, and have your IT team monitor it from time to time. Google Chat gets used so much in our organization that we have rules and regs in our Employee Handbook regarding its proper use (and when used PROPERLY, it can be very effective).
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Pros
Abstract
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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Google
  • Google Hangouts Chat allows you to send and receive messages real time with emoticons that can help you express your mood.
  • You can download and upload image file that can be use for business process and more.
  • Google Hangouts Chat also allows you to make a calls to reach other users.What I like the most is the awesome screen sharing while on call.
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Cons
Abstract
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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Google
  • I wish it was easier to turn the sound off, I hate being in meetings and my chat is blowing up.
  • Needing to "accept" a chat invite from someone within my org seems counter-intuitive.
  • Some people have trouble getting their notifications before midnight, somehow?
  • Prior to downloading the app, group messages didn't come up for me on my computer.
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Likelihood to Renew
Abstract
as already explained this software only does branching... the rest is really poor and basic
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Google
The updates, support, general reviews on Google Chat are great everywhere. The development of the features is ongoing and this adds a great value to Google as a big company in the market. Other applications are limiting communication while Google Chat is allowing communication to grow. It is very easy to use it and teach others how to use Google Chat.
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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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Google
It's not perfect. There are occasional glitches, drop-outs, and it takes a bit to get everything loaded and working. But it is significantly better than Zoom or GoToMeeting when you're in instructional settings. I know my teacher friends here like it and the administrators and parents seem to be satisfied too.
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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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Google
I have not needed to contact the support folks for Google Hangouts Chat, so I can't speak to this with any accuracy. The online instructions are fairly clearly written, so it is fairly intuitive to start with. I did not feel the need to use the support people anyway.
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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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Google
Prior to Google Hangouts, our company used Spark. Spark was not integrated into our email, therefore it couldn't be easily accessed in the same browser. With Spark we also couldn't search our emails for keywords in a conversation, searching had to be done manually. The one feature I enjoyed about Spark was a request to get a user's attention: If I had an urgent question and I wanted to ensure the recipient saw my message/question, I would request their attention and the message screen would pop up on their screen.
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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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Google
  • In my work it allows us to report troubles that may cost loss of investment thru Google Hangouts Chat we were able to communicate on how to fix it.
  • I hope we can make it on our own choice of colors to heightened workers vibe
  • It is connected to your email
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