Abstract vs. LiquidPlanner

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Abstract
Score 6.2 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
LiquidPlanner
Score 8.6 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
LiquidPlanner is a cloud based predictive project management solution. Some key features include: Dynamic Timeline View, Workload View, and Real-Time Activity Stream.
$0
per month per user
Pricing
AbstractLiquidPlanner
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Free
$0
per month per user
Essentials
$15.00
per month per user
Professional
$25
per month per user
Ultimate
$35
per month per user
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbstractLiquidPlanner
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AbstractLiquidPlanner
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.8
4 Ratings
2% below category average
LiquidPlanner
8.2
16 Ratings
6% above category average
Workflow Automation7.62 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Mobile Access7.03 Ratings6.110 Ratings
Search8.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Task Management00 Ratings8.712 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.811 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings8.612 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings7.57 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings8.46 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings9.93 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.715 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings7.611 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings7.87 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
8.7
4 Ratings
9% above category average
LiquidPlanner
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Ratings
Chat10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Notifications9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Discussions8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
8.1
4 Ratings
0% below category average
LiquidPlanner
-
Ratings
Versioning10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control6.24 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced security features6.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync9.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
-
Ratings
LiquidPlanner
8.1
6 Ratings
5% above category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings8.25 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings8.56 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings7.65 Ratings
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User Ratings
AbstractLiquidPlanner
Likelihood to Recommend
2.1
(4 ratings)
8.3
(18 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
4.4
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.7
(7 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbstractLiquidPlanner
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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LiquidPlanner
LiquidPlanner is amazing for any time of project management scenario where you have to manage several teams and details. Running a project through LiquidPlanner is so easy because it lets you break down the project into sections and folders and small tasks that you can assign to specific people. With a small to medium size team-- LiquidPlanner is amazing for organizing and tracking details. If you have a huge team or not a ton of details to track LiquidPlanner might not be right for you because it is a software that requires some good training to learn and has tons of functions that can be utilized so it seems better suited to be used by a smaller group looking to coordinate or for people who have lots of details that can be difficult to track.
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Pros
Abstract
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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LiquidPlanner
  • Priority based planning. Every other planning software we've used relies on dates and therefore needs constant attention. Priority based planning means that the plan is always up to date.
  • Ease of use. LiquidPlanner has a very short learning curve. This is critical to getting team members to use it.
  • Forecasting. LiquidPlanner makes it very easy to run scenarios by simply dragging and dropping projects and reassigning resources.
  • Awesome Support. I get personal responses very fast. Usually within a couple hours. And, they listen and ask for more information.
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Cons
Abstract
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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LiquidPlanner
  • The interface is messy and cluttered. The best way to find things and see what you actually want to see is the main Projects view which is also the most cluttered and hardest to maneuver in.
  • Clicking an external link someone posted in a comment or task description doesn't open in a new window by default, so we are constantly having to go back to get to LiquidPlanner again.
  • The way that the interface saves your state globally (rather than per tab instance) means that if you click a link from someone else to a task that's not yours, then it adjusts your filters on the Projects page. Then if you refresh another LiquidPlanner window where you were on the Projects tab, suddenly all of its filters are updated and what you were looking at may no longer be there.
  • It might just be the way that we use the system, but the Home and My Work tabs are fairly useless for us. They typically don't show the tasks we're actually looking for.
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Likelihood to Renew
Abstract
No answers on this topic
LiquidPlanner
We may not renew LiquidPlanner's contract, but only because my company has recently been acquired and we'll be adopting some of the software that they're using to standardize process. LiquidPlanner's development team releases new features pretty often, so it seems like the gaps and inefficiencies are slowly getting smaller/less frequent
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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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LiquidPlanner
Easy to learn and utilize. Can export charts and reports for sharing with colleagues.
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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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LiquidPlanner
They have been great in trying to come up with creative solutions to help us do what we want to do with the platform. I would say their support has been exceptional because we have hit them with some complex requests.
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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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LiquidPlanner
LiquidPlanner offers a whole lot more on the project management and tracking side, but Powow is more efficient in terms of the AI that powers it to efficiently manage meetings. AI definitely brings a big difference to Saas products and can magnify the benefits that would otherwise not be realized.
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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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LiquidPlanner
  • LiquidPlanner really forces you to map out your workflow. For me, honing into a template that I can later adjust as needed has been huge, as there is less time at the beginning of a project trying to assign and figure out what needs to happen when usually it never changes.
  • Communication between employees, especially ones not immediately available in the office has been very welcomed. It helps having conversations documented in a public, logical place that is easy to find and refer to as the project continues.
  • Our productivity has definitely skyrocketed as we've really gotten a feel and committed to using LiquidPlanner daily. As we move forward, we continually try to add more and more ways for us to use the service.
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ScreenShots

LiquidPlanner Screenshots

Screenshot of Project Dashboards allow users to build high-level views that help visualize data.Screenshot of Workload Views allow users to see an entire team's workload at once and make resource adjustments in stride.Screenshot of Time Sheets keep track of hours per task and automatically update project estimates.Screenshot of Project View allows users to view any project in detail, assign tasks, set their priority, and access schedule risk.Screenshot of My Work View is a personalized view of all work to always know what to work on next.