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Version Control

2 years ago from , http://meet-cristian.com

I keep seeing tools coming up for version control for designers and I wanted to ask if anyone else sees any value with them. I've been more than happy with Google Drive / Dropbox's version control. I recently needed to recover an older design and surely enough, Google Drive had every single version of that file since the day I created it 6 months ago, every time I pressed save.

No extra apps to deal with, no extra subscriptions.

19 comments

  • Art SevaniArt Sevani, 2 years ago

    Have you tried Plant? https://plantapp.io . Plant works differently than abstract or any other apps. I personally love Plant because it's integrated in Sketch better than anything else I have seen, and it's full of powerful features. You can sign up to Plant here https://plantapp.io and hopefully you'll get a chance to test the beta before it get's released soon

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    9 points
    • Cristian Moisei, 2 years ago

      I don't use Sketch so I have not. It does look awesome having all the controls straight inside Sketch. Sketch is not very flexible with panels though so I'm not sure how much I'd appreciate having a couple of toolbars taking up screen real estate though.

      0 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 2 years ago

    Abstract is an incredible tool because it doesn't just do version control but it changes the way you structure and manage work as a team. It's worth every single penny. And we are a team of two right now.

    4 points
  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 2 years ago

    Learn git.

    When you start working in the digital space (which most traditional industries will end up moving closer and closer towards as time rolls on), you'll likely end up working along side people already using git version controlling heavily.

    It'll open up your employment opportunities, and give you more context about what's going on if you use a GUI git-style version control system.

    3 points
  • Maiken v V., 2 years ago

    We've been using abstract in a team of 4 designers and it's saving us time.

    We used to waste time on making sure everyone had the latest version of everything, because we all worked in separate files. Sometimes we ended up with 3 versions of the same component.

    Abstract solved most of the issues, by having a great merge conflict and also the ability to merge all into 1 file. Abstract is not free, but looking at the time it's saving, it's a no-brainer.

    3 points
  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 2 years ago

    I've been using Abstract for a little while and I enjoy noting commits with changes, as well as the interface for organizing my files into projects.

    I'd say it's mostly beneficial for folks working in larger teams (I don't) but it'll be interesting to see how Abstract develops over time.

    1 point
  • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, 2 years ago

    Until there's VC for Indesign I have no use for it.

    If there ever was one for InDesign I would pay for it.

    1 point
    • Cristian Moisei, 2 years ago

      Are you not using Drive?

      1 point
      • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, 2 years ago

        Dropbox.

        0 points
        • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 2 years ago

          Dropbox has version control. It's only 30 days on the free plan but you can pay to upgrade it.

          It is considerably more expensive than Drive if you don't need the full 1TB of storage though.

          See my comment in reply to Surjith for my setup.

          0 points
  • Surjith S MSurjith S M, 2 years ago

    Hey Cristian,

    Can you tell more about the Google Drive Integration?

    Which files you were syncing with Google Drive? and How? You said every time you pressed Save, its copies to Google Drive?

    Please explain!

    ~Surjith

    0 points
    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 2 years ago

      It's a pretty simple setup: I have the Google Drive app installed and set it to sync everything in its folder. I keep all my work in the Drive folder, which means whenever I save a file, it automatically creates a new version and saves the old one. This also means that everyone always has access to the latest version of a file without me having to exchange files back and forth.

      0 points