Abstract

Abstract

Score 6.2 out of 10
Abstract

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What is Abstract?

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.
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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.

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What is Abstract?

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.

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Christopher Fritz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A great tool for our design department who use Abstract together with Sketch and Adobe. It is a great tool for collaboration and integration with the different design tools used. It's especially great as we have designers working across the pond who need to work together as a team from different time zones. It gives a good option to work in files and document the process together, with the option of rolling back to old versions.
  • Versioning for desginers
  • Collaboration between team members
  • Integrations only work on Mac.
  • You need to use a seat as admin, even though we're not daily users.
Our design department is indeed very happy with Abstract to solve their issues with regard to versioning and collaboration, etc. The admin side of the program is not that great. It's easy and simple, however, it would be nice to limit access more easily and maybe even link Abstract with our directory. The flexibility for accessing the work designers do can't be beaten!
Project Management (3)
76.66666666666667%
7.7
Workflow Automation
80%
8.0
Mobile Access
70%
7.0
Search
80%
8.0
Communication (4)
90%
9.0
Chat
100%
10.0
Notifications
100%
10.0
Discussions
80%
8.0
Internal knowledgebase
80%
8.0
File Sharing & Management (5)
78%
7.8
Versioning
100%
10.0
Document collaboration
100%
10.0
Access control
50%
5.0
Advanced security features
40%
4.0
Device sync
100%
10.0
  • Collaboration between offices has been made easier and saves time
  • Easy to get back to a different version.
I purchased and administer Abstract. It was requested by our design department who evaluated it.
Customer support seems to be fast at responding. We haven't had issues yet at least.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Abstract helps us maintain version management of the design files. It is especially useful for teams to work on the same files in parallel. The idea of using Git to keep your design resources up to date and working is brought to life by Abstract. It is one of the best tools for a designer to maintain and rollback to various versions of their design and nothing is ever lost.
  • Branch management for design files.
  • Good collaborative features like comments and sharing.
  • Asset exports are not as great as Zeplin and others.
  • Filtering within files.
Abstract is very useful for decently sized design teams, but might not be as useful for single designers. It is also only to be used within the design team for work management and sharing with anyone outside the design team is not advised. I personally find it useful to maintain archives of work in the cloud that I can access from anywhere. It also helps maintain a hygienic work structure.
Project Management (2)
75%
7.5
Mobile Access
70%
7.0
Search
80%
8.0
Communication (4)
67.5%
6.8
Chat
100%
10.0
Notifications
100%
10.0
Discussions
70%
7.0
Internal knowledgebase
N/A
N/A
File Sharing & Management (6)
66.66666666666667%
6.7
Versioning
100%
10.0
Document collaboration
100%
10.0
Access control
100%
10.0
Advanced security features
N/A
N/A
Integrates with Google Drive
N/A
N/A
Device sync
100%
10.0
  • Single source of truth for the team.
  • Could quickly get expensive with corporate accounts.
There are very few tools that compete with Abstract right now. I would say none of them are even close to this yet.
Good training tutorials. Responsive customer service if you are a corporate account holder.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Our product team uses Abstract in conjunction with Sketch for collaboration, file management, and versioning. It's imperative for us. Our team has three user experience designers and six user interface designers. So while we have a long to-do list, we are always working in groups on a single feature set from wireframing all the way to final designs for IT handoff.
  • Due to that, Abstract allows for robust versioning and file management without losing work. Before finding Abstract a few years ago, my team at the time had to carefully plan what features would be worked on and by who. Then make sure we don't have the same files open via Google Drive and clearly explain what artboards were changed and need to be addressed. It was a nightmare.
  • Abstract scans each of the Sketch files and looks for differences combine work and allows all of us to be working in one file at once.
  • Allows for collaboration within Sketch.
  • Allows for approval of work by team leads.
  • Frequent bugs between Abstract and Sketch.
  • Takes a lot of processing power and battery.
Abstract, to me, is a necessary addition to a large team using Sketch. Without it, file management and sharing designs updates are impossible. However, if you have a small team, it's not worth the money. For us, a team of 9, it's a lifesaver. Even more so, because we are not all co-located, and ability to share a link to a specific file/artboard is a needed workaround from pointing at someone's screen.
Project Management (1)
70%
7.0
Workflow Automation
70%
7.0
Communication (3)
80%
8.0
Notifications
80%
8.0
Discussions
90%
9.0
Internal knowledgebase
70%
7.0
File Sharing & Management (5)
62%
6.2
Versioning
100%
10.0
Document collaboration
50%
5.0
Access control
90%
9.0
Advanced security features
N/A
N/A
Device sync
70%
7.0
  • Saves time on file management
  • Keeps old, archived work
Cloud services help hold files that everyone can access. Absrtact is not that, this is unparalleled for Sketch users; this allows for multiple users to be in the same file and help guide them through conflicts if there are even any of them. Abstract is the only one here solving this issue. However, if you use something like Figma or Adobe XD, it has this same collaboration built-in.
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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