Abstract vs. Spike

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Abstract
Score 4.4 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
Spike
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Spike, from the company of the same name in Herzelia, bring communication -- emails, chats, calls, team collaborations, tasks, voice notes -- to one place. presented as a productivity and messaging app, but easier, from an inbox.N/A
Pricing
AbstractSpike
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AbstractSpike
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
AbstractSpike
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
3.4
5 Ratings
79% below category average
Spike
8.9
3 Ratings
12% above category average
Task Management3.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Gantt Charts3.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Scheduling3.01 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Workflow Automation6.03 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Mobile Access5.04 Ratings7.63 Ratings
Search1.04 Ratings8.63 Ratings
Visual planning tools3.01 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
Abstract
7.1
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Spike
8.5
3 Ratings
6% above category average
Chat10.02 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Notifications7.05 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Discussions7.05 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Surveys4.01 Ratings7.52 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase7.62 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Integrates with GoToMeeting00 Ratings6.52 Ratings
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts00 Ratings8.52 Ratings
Integrates with Outlook00 Ratings8.73 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
Spike
8.5
3 Ratings
5% above category average
Versioning8.05 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Document collaboration6.04 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Access control6.05 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Advanced security features6.92 Ratings8.73 Ratings
Device sync9.13 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Video files00 Ratings8.33 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Integrates with Google Drive00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
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User Ratings
AbstractSpike
Likelihood to Recommend
3.0
(5 ratings)
9.3
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AbstractSpike
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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Spike
Spike makes it simple to remain in touch with your peers and teams. It is simple, and searching for team members in the search tab is quick. Moreover, this tool makes screen sharing easier for presentations. The software is incredibly user-friendly and simple to use. Spike's versatility is enhanced via instant texting through this app. The visual and audio call quality is outstanding. Except for cloud storage, Spike does not connect with other applications. While there is a solid rationale for this, since everything - calendar, notes, tasks, team communication - can be made in the app, it loses some value if you prefer, for example, Microsoft To-Do and OneNote or Google Projects and Keep to organize your tasks and notes. I'd like to see a less costly email, calendar, and contacts-only subscription for solitary users.
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Pros
Abstract
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
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Spike
  • There is an uniform experience because it consolidates email accounts.
  • Spike's chat-like interface is its main selling feature.
  • Files may be easily shared by connecting to cloud services.
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Cons
Abstract
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
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Spike
  • I wish the calendar was more robust and provided a comprehensive look. I'd also want to have multiple windows open.
  • The inability to sync settings across devices. Configuring several devices with the same settings takes effort, particularly when it comes to custom IMAP.
  • Email Signature in HTML is still not taught as the capability, which I'd love to see.
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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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Spike
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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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Spike
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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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Spike
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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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Spike
The first one to use after google calendar is spike, after all the features that I've already mentioned,like the possibility to send a voice message, videos,photos etc... And the possibility to chat in real time and a good organization and planification and the priority feature is my favorite
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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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Spike
  • However, the app is too tiny to accurately quantify its return on investment (ROI).
  • Multiple times, I've gotten to zero emails in my inbox.
  • It was easy to communicate without exchanging long texts.
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