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Abstract (goabstract.com)

over 1 year ago from , Product Designer

62 comments

  • Grzegorz CiwoniukGrzegorz Ciwoniuk, over 1 year ago

    PARTY

    Also,

    should designers git?

    24 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Nah, they should Abstract ;)

      7 points
    • Art SevaniArt Sevani, over 1 year ago

      one word, Plant! https://plantapp.io Best version control tool for designers.

      plantapp.gif

      Haven't used abstract, but Plant takes care of the job seamlessly

      18 points
      • Matt GalliganMatt Galligan, over 1 year ago

        Sure, it takes care of the job in the same way that LayerVault took care of it years ago. And takes care of it in the same way that Dropbox takes care of it, with some additional GUI and features.

        But Abstract is not the basic version control that you find here. It's way more feature rich and frankly, more powerful. We're not just talking about one file evolving over time where you can look back at old versions. Branches add a whole new dimension to design collaboration. You can keep the Master file safe and clean, which acts as your single source of truth. Then branch from there to explore and work on new things without affecting the source of truth for engineers, etc.

        Abstract also handles conflicts beautifully rather than having to worry about whether my changes will override someone else who's actively working within the file too.

        1 point
        • Art SevaniArt Sevani, over 1 year ago

          It is completely different than what anyone has ever done. Maybe you haven't tried Plant because your description is incorrect regarding how It works. It's not about being feature rich especially features that are not designed right. Plant has some amazing features and more coming soon and it's already adding some of them as we speak, but it's about doing it right. With Plant I do not have to think about anything else besides my work, it just works.

          3 points
    • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 1 year ago

      git commit -m "YOLO" git push origin master --force

      0 points
  • Joshua TurnerJoshua Turner, over 1 year ago

    Greatest application of a CSS animation ever?

    14 points
    • Jake Lazaroff, over 1 year ago

      "Hey Bob, is the site ready?"

      "Not yet, Alice — I just can't get this damn bird to move right!"

      "Okay folks, we're pushing the launch to next week!"

      (I kid, I kid, the site looks great).

      6 points
  • Renato de LeãoRenato de Leão, over 1 year ago

    Waiting to try this since last year, let's see how it goes.

    Out of curiosity, why did you change your domain from: abstractapp.com to goabstract.com?


    One note on the site, besides the awesome party parrot: width: 100vw != width: 100%, vw includes scrollbarWidth. I don't know if it's just me, but these unwanted scrollbars just grind my gears.

    As a general rule, don't use for vw for full width sections. Use width: 100% instead.

    If you want to be hipster:

    .page-wrapper{ width: calc(100vw - (100vw - 100%))}

    That's it for today, CSS Is fun!

    Shamelessly Stolen and remixed from aykevl

    8 points
  • P.J. Onori, over 1 year ago

    I logged in specifically to provide a counter experience to the folks saying that they're noticing crashes. Our team has been using Abstract for the past month and have been very impressed with the stability and overall quality of the app during its alpha phase. I'm not trying to discredit those who say they're running into problems, but given the level of polish and reliability of the app we've seen, I'm confident this is a small hiccup that will be addressed by the team.

    This app has already had a marked impact on how we work. It's legit - give it a go.

    4 points
  • Ray SensebachRay Sensebach, over 1 year ago

    Been on the Beta and this is an amazing product! The design industry has needed this for years.

    I do have to say that the team pricing is a little prohibitive though. $21/designer is going to hurt for sure.

    EDIT: spelling

    4 points
    • Andrew Michael ToddAndrew Michael Todd, over 1 year ago

      If it solves the problem it's setting out to solve, it's well worth $21/designer.

      0 points
      • Ray SensebachRay Sensebach, over 1 year ago

        $21/designer/month. More than double the cost of GitHub which has been perfecting their process for devs for many years.. Seems high IMO :/

        0 points
        • Ivan BozicIvan Bozic, over 1 year ago

          It is high, but I think it's worth it. We've been a part of the private Alpha and it has the potential to really improve a lot of the design process. It already solved a lot of problems we've encountered in sharing design files and gathering feedback between designers, and it's basically v1.0 right now. Can't wait to see what they come up with to improve the product.

          Also, you usually have a lot less designers on a team when compared to developers. And I like the fact that you pay just for the actual designers who collaborate on the files, and the viewers are unlimited.

          0 points
  • Ali Zendaki, over 1 year ago

    Is there a best practices guide/documentation for organizing sketch layers, naming , etc?

    3 points
  • Cory MalnarickCory Malnarick, over 1 year ago

    Any way to make this work entirely locally, and sever it from your servers?

    2 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Hey Cory, afraid not! The Abstract experience is only possible because we control the entire experience end-to-end.

      0 points
    • Eduardo Osorio, over 1 year ago

      I'm also waiting for a git design solution that runs locally. Saving documents in an unmanaged cloud it's a no go for a lot of big companies afaik.

      1 point
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 1 year ago

    This is good, but I worry that suffers the same pitfalls of its forbears in that it alters the designer's workflow substantially (open files from app, no autosaving, branching/commits, etc.) After the high-profile demises of LayerVault and Pixelapse, I'm a bit hesitant to get a team on this.

    edit: kicked the tires a bit. it's immediately awesome.

    2 points
    • Andrew HoltAndrew Holt, over 1 year ago

      It requires a change in your workflow, but I would argue the current workflow is broken. It's akin to a development workflow sans version control, which is a mess.

      1 point
  • David Steelcart, over 1 year ago

    Did you realize, that you're the champion?

    2 points
  • Joe Roberto, over 1 year ago

    FINALLY!!!!!!

    2 points
  • Ben KroghBen Krogh, over 1 year ago

    Been using this for a while here at MetaLab, I can't imagine life without it, we've become huge Abstract fans! Tim, when are the abstract logo snap backs going to make an appearance? Use your Bokeh Life experience and make some sweet swag

    1 point
  • Lee AraújoLee Araújo, over 1 year ago

    As alpha user during last month all works fine. This is a game changer in the way team designers works.

    1 point
  • Andrew HoltAndrew Holt, over 1 year ago

    Congrats Josh and team! So stoked on this.

    1 point
  • Nitin GargNitin Garg, over 1 year ago

    Was looking forward to trying it out. Unfortunately, sketch keeps crashing repeatedly as soon I installed/logged in Mac app.

    1 point
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Hey Nitin, so sorry about that. We discovered that there is an issue with El Capitan and the plugin. Working on a fix right now!

      0 points
  • Artiom DashinskyArtiom Dashinsky, over 1 year ago

    Looks exciting! The value proposition really reminds of LayerVault. Is there a difference (besides the fact that there is no LayerVault anymore, so it's not really an alternative)?

    0 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Thanks for the kind words! I'd say the main difference is that we built Abstract on top of git and embraced the git workflow in an effort to bring design and engineering closer together! We also have been able to achieve pretty good savings in file size/storage due to how we implemented things.

      0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 1 year ago

    LayerVault again…

    0 points
  • Dean BagnallDean Bagnall, over 1 year ago

    Been using this for the last 3 months. A big part of our workflow now. Awesome tool

    0 points
  • Ali Zendaki, over 1 year ago

    First try to import a sketch file and sketch crashed on me. Hopefully it's just a growing pain

    0 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      We discovered that there is an issue with El Capitan and the plugin. Working on a fix right now!

      0 points
  • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, over 1 year ago

    Sketch crashed while Abstract was setting up. Now Sketch crashes every time I try to open it. This is not my idea of a good first impression.

    Edit: I deleted the plugin via Finder and now Sketch will run.

    0 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Hey Daniel, so sorry about that. We discovered that there is an issue with El Capitan and the plugin. Working on a fix right now!

      0 points
  • Jernej Horvat, over 1 year ago

    Is there a plan to introduce it for Adobe tools?

    0 points
    • Curtis EstridgeCurtis Estridge, over 1 year ago

      "Abstract works only with Sketch files at this time but very soon we will be supporting other file types." So Im assuming yes probably

      0 points
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Yes! We plan to add support for Adobe tools. Which tools would be highest priority for you?

      0 points
  • Abdul JarallahAbdul Jarallah, over 1 year ago

    I've been using Abstract private beta for the last 3 weeks. Best thing happened to me this year! Before Abstract I used to use git-lfs. Now Abstract changed everything for me. I can access my work from anywhere, it improved my flow a lot. Support is very friendly and responsive to feedback and bug reports.

    Keep doing the good work!

    0 points
  • Bruno MarinhoBruno Marinho, over 1 year ago

    Sketch don't stop crashing after installing the desktop app. That's pretty serious since it might disrupt people's work.

    0 points
  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, over 1 year ago

    So excited to dig into this. I'm a sole designer, but I'm hoping this could help me keep my stuff archived better (vs. zipping up old versions & iterations, time stamping, etc.)

    EDIT: Reading comments. I'm scared now.

    0 points
    • Tim Van DammeTim Van Damme, over 1 year ago

      Should be all good now! Give it a try an let us know what you think!

      1 point
    • Josh BrewerJosh Brewer, over 1 year ago

      Hey Steven, if you are on Sierra you should be fine. so sorry about that. We discovered that there is an issue with El Capitan and the plugin. Working on a fix right now!

      1 point
  • Jason Kanzler, over 1 year ago

    not only did abstract crash my sketch but my entire computer shut off the second i hit "edit branch". like immediately.

    0 points