Ask DN: Pros and Cons of Zeplin

almost 3 years ago from , Interaction Designer @ Google

I've been seeing Zeplin come up more and more often on DN and other forums as a great new tool for designers using Sketch. If you have used it I would love to hear some of the pros and cons.



  • Alejandro DorantesAlejandro Dorantes, almost 3 years ago

    The Zeplin shilling is hard on DN lately, but that's what it is, pure shilling. If in doubt go try it yourself. And as more people try it, eventually, you will see the shift of opinions in the forums, being that -almost purposely- the wide majority of comments are highy positive.

    Sorry for the weird post, im really stoned right now.

    6 points
  • Asher SimondsAsher Simonds, almost 3 years ago

    I use it at work and unwork and it's halved the visual design process time for us since we don't have to labor over redlines. The ability to comment directly on screens means any tip or note is perfectly in-context with the layout. Developers like it (as far as I can tell :P) because they can interact with the spec without getting lost in a sea of convoluted coloring.

    That said, it's still a work in progress - the layout of the program and web interface itself could use some love and there's currently no support for manual asset management (no vector drawable love).

    The base account is free so try it out on a small project and see if it fits your workflow!

    6 points
  • Chantal JandardChantal Jandard, almost 3 years ago

    Pros: - lightning-fast documentation + spec work - easy export for assets - generates colour palettes

    Cons: - none. go get it!

    So far I've loved it and would highly recommend it.

    3 points
  • Noelle StranskyNoelle Stransky, almost 3 years ago (edited almost 3 years ago )

    Edit: OMG I love you so much. Just finished uploading both an iOS app and Android app about 25 screens each. Ahh no more redlining, thank you this just saved me a week of work.

    The only Issue I've had is with accounts. Why can only the owner push designs? What if there are multiple designers on the team?

    I've just started using it for my designs. Few crashes here and there but I'm pumped. I'm leaving on an extended vacation and I feel good about leaving the designs for the dev team to start building. But I guess we'll know better in a month or so if the reality lives up to the promise.

    0 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, almost 3 years ago

    I haven't used it but this seems as good of a time as any: is Zeplin decent for web design? How does it handle responsive design (weirdly lacking on the site, despite showing some Android design)?

    I'm about to move to Mac, and while I develop most of my sites myself, I've been eyeing this as a valuable tool for when I work with devs.

    0 points
  • Bryan Maniotakis, almost 3 years ago

    There are some 3rd party plugins available for Sketch and Photoshop, but the collaboration and export tools in Zeplin make it a great choice.

    0 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 3 years ago

    The idea is cool, but without Windows support (which the devs on my team use) and Sketch support (which I use), it's still a limited product.

    0 points
    • Pelin KenezPelin Kenez, almost 3 years ago

      Zeplin has a web app focusing on developers too:

      5 points
      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 3 years ago (edited almost 3 years ago )

        It didn't when I first got a chance to test it. I've had a look and it works well. What about support for PS? It was listed as 'Coming soon' a while ago.

        Also, while I got you here, do you have any plans to add Dropbox sync support? Without zeplin, everyone gets the latest version of all files without the designers having to go through the export process for every single change.

        0 points
  • Dimitrie Hoekstra, almost 3 years ago

    Visible iterations of artboards (+merging artboard and their history if name changes) would be great to have. Of course this woudl have effect on the notes ;)

    0 points