Inspect or Zeplin?

5 months ago from , UX Designer at Slalom

What do people use? What do the developers you work with prefer?

My team has been using Zeplin but we have all our screens in Invision too. It would be great to not have to put screens in two places and manage that whole situation, but I know some people still prefer Zeplin.

Thoughts? What do you and your team do? Any particular strengths one has over the other?

24 comments

  • Lance Cheng, 4 months ago

    I highly recommend Markly - Organize and inspect designs, share brands & assets across your team.

    7 points
    • Kevin YunKevin Yun, 4 months ago

      As far as Markly goes, why are they better than Zeplin and Invision?

      Also, what does their pricing look like? It wasn't apparent on their website nor on Google searches.

      1 point
  • Ryan Hicks, 4 months ago

    I would have said Invision in the past. But with how much Invision goes down and how buggy it is. It's really a toss-up. Depends on what you need. The whole package comes with invision. Whereas Zeplin is focused on one area and that's dev handoff.

    6 points
  • Guna Seelan, 4 months ago

    Zeplin is more reliable

    5 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 4 months ago

    I like having Zeplin as a purely internal tool with Invision for clients. Feels nice to keep the two separate.

    3 points
  • Todd FTodd F, 4 months ago

    The mobile developers I work with like Zeplin's aggregate style guide for type styles and colors. In my experience, InVision only seems to support per-screen information.

    3 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, 4 months ago

    I'm currently working with Zeplin together with about 10 other designers and 100+ developers, which is a pretty big team and we love it. Zeplin is very reliable, works fast and has great version control that is really necessary if you work with a lot of developers oversea.

    2 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, 4 months ago

    Throwing Sympli into the ring. Some nice touches here and there, and it plugs right into Xcode or Android Studio for mobile devs.

    2 points
  • Richel TongRichel Tong, 4 months ago

    Inspect for sure. It's all-in-one. Assets, comments, linking up screens, version control. The interface is also easier to get around (imo).

    2 points
  • Rob GillRob Gill, 4 months ago

    I've been using [Sympli](sympli.io) and it's been great. Reasons I originally used it over Zeplin is that it supported Web as well as apps

    2 points
  • Jens Roels, 4 months ago

    We're currently using Zeplin because inspect doesn't offer support for text styles.

    But Zeplin doesn't really keep your colors and text styles in sync with your Sketch file, it's a lot of manual work for the designer.

    We're looking forward tot he dev handoff implementation of abstract, because then your handoff is always in sync with your latest sketch file, and you don't have to upload your designs.

    1 point
    • Kevin YunKevin Yun, 4 months ago

      Interesting. I saw the opposite -- Invision's color palettes will be totally wonky and you'll have to semantically figure out if a h1 is not an h2 by inspecting the font-size/line-height.

      With Zeplin, they have a pretty good variables system for both colors and type.

      0 points
    • emily carlin, 4 months ago

      Thanks for the thoughts.

      And yeah, I'm also really excited about the dev handoff feature coming out in Abstract. I think Invision will start to become a pure prototyping tool in my workflow then and less a "source of truth" / presentation layer / etc.

      0 points
  • Etienne de BoursetEtienne de Bourset, 3 months ago

    Developer here: haven't used Zeplin, but InVision's been very good. The CSS generation is really good.

    1 point
  • Kevin YunKevin Yun, 4 months ago

    As a designer who has used both Zeplin and Invision, I am torn between these two as well.

    As a front-end developer who is converting designs into code, Invision is terrible (color discrepancies in hex codes, layers panel is unnecessary, no typography/color characters), and I feel real bad for past developers I have handed off designs to.

    That said, Zeplin is a great product for what it does, but workflow-wise, if you already use Invision, it adds time on top to sync screens to a separate service. This becomes draining if you factor in the value of time.

    1 point
  • Kevin N. Kevin N. , 3 months ago

    I had the same situation back then. Although I still feel sorry for the (small) Zeplin-Team I decided to move everything to InVision for now. It's easier to use it across our products/sites with different dev-teams.

    Also since I use craft for prototyping in sketch it's a no-brainer because this way "Inspect" also gets it's data out of the sketch files.

    1 point
  • josh burtonjosh burton, 4 months ago

    Zeplin has worked great for us. iOS, Android and web... all design specs are properly handed off (xcode, android studio, px vs pts vs sp/dp, css/html, hex vs rgb). We are excited to demo InVision's new Studio tool but so far, zeplin has us covered. You can easily organize and send links to either a web view or mac app. Saves hours of back and forth for designers, devs, and PMs

    1 point
  • Metin SarayMetin Saray, 4 months ago

    Zeplin's been around more than InVision and it has more features. SVG export itself is a winner. It does not show layers to developers(i dont know why invision does) so you can exclude or include any layer you want them to pick too so it is less cluttered.

    Also I personally like having a native client and I really don't like InVision's bottom navigation

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, 4 months ago

    Inspect by Invision, because that is where we build the prototypes already in, so an extra tool makes not sense. And it skicks to the rule of one source of truth.

    0 points
    • Emir BukvaEmir Bukva, 4 months ago

      I wish Sketch Cloud had the ability to put comment markers directly on the layout and that it allowed for measuring dimensions by hovering with the cursor. To me, that’d be closer to one-source-of-truth compared to having to use the plugin to manually sync a Sketch file to third-party service.

      0 points
  • A. NavasA. Navas, 4 months ago

    It will always depends, but if you like one place for everything, you probably should strongly consider using Adobe XD, that can design, prototype and handoff all in one app.

    But if you can't live without Sketch to design, Inspect from Invision works just fine, but be aware that it's not very reliable like Zeplin is for handoff, perhaps because Invision works only a web browser and Zeplin has a standalone app but doesn't have a prototype feature like Invision. Other thing to take in consideration is that Invision is way more expensive than Zeplin.

    0 points
  • GrumpyUX ManGrumpyUX Man, 4 months ago

    As I work for a company that doesn't allow many cloud based services, I use Sketch measure. We self host it on our server...

    I've been quite happy with it, the response from devs has been great.

    0 points
  • Justin Fraga, 1 month ago

    I can't use Zeplin at my current role because they don't offer enterprise/SSO security options (seriously, they need to get this going). Invision offers SSO and we pay for enterprise, but Inspect is pretty lame-- there are tons of issues with exporting symbols, mis-read color codes, and it loses the export prefixes/suffixes from Sketch. Not to mention it's screen by screen and their bottom navigation pane is so horrible. I just checked out Sketch Measure and it looks very promising. Would still rather use Zeplin...

    0 points