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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Communication

    NativeScript

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.0

    Zeplin

    70%
    Zeplin ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Notifications

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    File Sharing & Management

    NativeScript

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.5

    Zeplin

    85%
    Zeplin ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Document collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    1 Rating

    Access control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Attribute Ratings

    • Zeplin is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    5.0

    NativeScript

    50%
    13 Ratings
    8.3

    Zeplin

    83%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    NativeScript

    80%
    1 Rating
    8.2

    Zeplin

    82%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    Zeplin

    80%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    1.0

    NativeScript

    10%
    3 Ratings
    9.2

    Zeplin

    92%
    7 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Progress Software Corporation

    I gotta be honest, after a PoC period, we choose to rewrite the whole application in a different cross-platform app. Our developers had to invest a lot of time and effort to debug a lot of plugin-related issues, which we needed to utilize the android mobile phone capabilities. QR reader, special visualizations, and fine-tuning were really hard and often resulted in writing native Android code instead of using the shared Angular code. In the end, we think that writing a standalone Android app and an Angular app would have been a better alternative, as the shared code base was so unreliable that it did not save us any time.
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    Zeplin

    Zeplin is, overall, really great for what it’s known for: design handoffs to development teams. Thus, it’s an excellent tool for scenarios in which the design and development teams do not work very closely. Because it allows users to use the tool on various platforms, it’s also great for teams in which there are in-house and remote (or contract) staff working on a single project. The tool is pretty lightweight once users are on-boarded, so it’s also great for larger teams. However, it can take significant time to onboard people to it, so it might not be great for more rushed projects. It also doesn’t have a ton of functionality beyond supporting design handoffs, so one might choose a more inclusive tool, such as Figma, to support more steps in the design process. Finally, Zeplin is costly and its rates are pretty inflexible, so this might not be the most ideal tool for more cash-strapped teams who want to use Zeplin for more than one project at a time.
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    Pros

    Progress Software Corporation

    • True native app. The app uses native components and that is quite noticeable in the overall performance of the app. NativeScript is also awesome in the way we can access the native APIs, so we are never really constrained by the framework. If we need, we can just dive into the native APIs without leaving our environment and language (JS).
    • Cross-platform. Builds for Android and iOS. It deals with the platforms differences very well.
    • Support for Vue.js. Even though it is just a community effort, the NativeScript-Vue plugin is the best alternative to build native Apps with Vue.js. That was a major factor to go with NativeScript.
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    Zeplin

    • Provides dimensions across iOS, Android and Web which saves developers from a lot of guess and check when implementing designs
    • Allows for easy download of digital design assets for developers to easily organize and implement
    • Great user experience in terms of the product itself and a great value for your money
    • Automatically generates CSS for web designs which is AMAZING!
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    Cons

    Progress Software Corporation

    • The need to know the native Android and iOS APIs to access device hardware and other platform-specific functionality
    • Not all user interface components are available for free
    • NativeScript has no HTML and DOM, which requires some deep knowledge of different UI tools to be implemented instead
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    Zeplin

    • It would be better if it has a dedicated web application
    • It's not the easiest tool to learn and start working with
    • It would be awesome if it had more features turning it into an all-around tool for mockups and prototypes
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    Pricing Details

    NativeScript

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    NativeScript editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      The NativeScript framework and CLI are completely free and open source. NativeScript Sidekick is a free download to improve developer productivity with optional paid tiers for power users.

      Zeplin

      Starting Price

      $0 per user per month

      Editions & Modules

      Zeplin editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Free$01
      Organization$122
      EnterpriseContact sales team3
      Team$64

      Footnotes

      1. per user per month
      2. per user per month
      3. none
      4. per user per month

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Progress Software Corporation

      The hybrid is ok but native is better for performance and the right use case I want to go for is the performance without dealing with too many development tools.
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      Zeplin

      Great tool
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      Usability

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zeplin

      Zeplin is not a fully functional prototyping software system, but having the ability to add notes to help explain what actions are expected allows me to rate it high.
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      Support Rating

      Progress Software Corporation

      The community support is excellent.
      They have a slack community as well as a discourse forum
      forum.nativescript.org
      Both of these offer community driven support.
      The forum is more for a threaded discussion. The slack community is more for a quick talk.
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      Zeplin

      Zeplin has classic support with a chat from the website. It's working fine, and we're also getting the support needed when needed. However, Zeplin is very good at closing the incidents and moving on. It was a while ago we had a case with their support so that it might have improved since then.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Progress Software Corporation

      Ionic Ionic is an excellent Angular-based framework for mobile, and it does give a lot of access to the native device api's. However, the technology is based on Cordova, which means the apps being built are just webviews, with html, css and JS all running on the UI thread, and potentially creating very slow experiences for users. NativeScript is a truly native solution, and so provides a faster user experience. ReactNative We evaluate ReactNative, and found it much the same as NativeScript. The main difference is that your JS is all written with React, while NativeScript lets you choose between normal JS, Angular, and Vue. For our team, Angular was the most appropriate choice.
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      Zeplin

      Zeplin is great to inspect and share user interfaces, specifications and assets, perfect for developers. Tools like InVision and Marvel are much better to create prototypes for both developers, coworkers and even stakeholders, but they don't have this kind of feature (inspection) as Zeplin does. So each of them can be used for different purposes, offering different approaches to share and interact with layouts for apps and websites.
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      Return on Investment

      Progress Software Corporation

      • The poor quality of NativeScript documentation has the potential to weigh heavily on development timelines, budgets, and QA resources in a NEGATIVE manner.
      • The poor interoperability of NativeScript plugins can significantly increase development time.
      • The need to seek out professional instruction to learn how to use NativeScript effectively may become a burden on your budget.
      • The number of breaking changes between versions of NativeScript, may cause your development efforts to lag further behind the most recent releases of NativeScript and your other chosen environments than you are accustomed to.
      • NativeScript still does not support the latest major version of Angular. Any significant changes to the other environment components of your systems may hold you back even further while NativeScript plays catch-up.
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      Zeplin

      • Development time has reduced as the design updates are communicated in real time to developers and they don't have to write the boilerplate code as it's already generated.
      • Employee engagement has improved as every stakeholder is aware about the design changes from the beginning and can give their inputs.
      • Designers save a lot of time as they don't to explicitly communicate when the update or publish their designs and also it just takes a couple of clicks to publish their designs. Also, lot of rework is saved as every stakeholder is involved right from the beginning.
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