Ask DN: what's your offline design tools?

almost 5 years ago from , Product Design

So I recently joined a huge company which is pretty locked down when it comes to tech due to its highly sensitive nature of business. So access to most of the cloud based apps are a no go. No Dropbox, no google drive, no marvel, no invision, not even Adobe cloud services :( Thankfully sketch is still ok.

I'm trying to convince them to try some out but it's going to take time. In the meantime, I'd like to pick your collective brain(s) on what are the offline toolset you guys would recommend as an alternative.


  • Stefan Rauch, almost 5 years ago


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  • cliff nowickicliff nowicki, almost 5 years ago

    It sounds like...the creative process will be limited as well. Best of luck and hopefully their paranoid ways will open up.

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    • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, almost 5 years ago

      Thanks. It's a completely new design team but there is a lot of design advocates in the top level and thirst for change. So it's one of those tough job that we just need to slowly budge our way in. Being the first Mac users in the office says it all.

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  • Michal CsanakyMichal Csanaky, almost 5 years ago

    Hwhat?! :)

    I think you can still get the offline version of Adobe CS6? Or CS5.5 is it? Keynote, Principle or Framer for prototyping—depends what you need exactly.

    Back in 2007-ish I used to work for a quite paranoid company and they were running everything locally—local Jabber server with Spark IM client, Horde for email/cal and folders shared locally between Win/OSX. Good times (not!) :D

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    • Jonathan Yap, almost 5 years ago

      Yeah. It's like a fort. Apparently they still do have the CS6 creative suite to install. I much rather use the newer stuff.

      Can't take advantage of stuff like zeplin :( but things to manage like iconjar are useful in this situation. We're still ok to access stuff like unsplash to get images or sites to pull up icons. Anything that has stuff going up to the cloud is a no go. Heck today I found out our macs doesn't even have access to hot corners! It's a pain but it'll be a battle to change those.

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