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Vu Hoang Anh

Vu Hoang Anh

Prague CEO & Co-founder at Avocode Joined over 4 years ago Vu Hoang has invited David Stefanides

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  • Posted to New way to share AI files with developers - even without Adobe Illustrator, in reply to Andy Merskin , Aug 27, 2018

    Thanks, Andy! Let us know your feedback if you decide to try it.

    1 point
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Aaron Wears Many Hats , Aug 17, 2018

    Agreed. That’s why octopus is json. Feel free to read more on our page.

    “Octopus is an universal design format that carries all representations of layers, effects, text, and layout, regardless of the original design format.

    It is a JSON object that is easily readable and accessible.”

    2 points
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Matt C , Aug 17, 2018

    Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure if you read our page, but it is actually a JSON.

    “Octopus is an universal design format that carries all representations of layers, effects, text, and layout, regardless of the original design format.

    It is a JSON object that is easily readable and accessible.”

    3 points
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Andrew Hersh , Aug 16, 2018

    Very true. We embrace this by making it easier for creators to build new tools. That’s what we’re doing with the SDK.

    1 point
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to James Matchett , Aug 16, 2018

    Thanks for your reply James. You’re right. Sketch will probably not rewrite a significant part of their software just because our design format is free and we do not expect them to do so.

    What we’re trying to do with this SDK is to offer an already established technology for teams that would like to build something that involves design files. They simply would not have to start building everything from scratch and they could build on top of an existing technology.

    The octopus file format itself isn’t that innovative. But combining it with our parsers and rendering engine really makes a huge difference.

    For new tools that means that they don’t have to come up with a new design format.

    For Sketch it could mean that they could easily open and edit other design files. Not just Sketch but also XD or PSD. We’ve already made it possible with our design converter - https://avocode.com/convert-psd-to-sketch

    Sketch definitely made their format more readable so developers could integrate with Sketch easier. But everything they build is going to be closed within Sketch. And what want is to make everything a little more open.

    I’m not sure if Octopus is going to become one format that everyone uses. But it’s a necessary part of our technology that could help design tools creators build things faster.

    Our parsers can parse most of the design formats and convert them into the Octopus format. The Octopus file already contains all the information from all these other designs formats. That’s what we meant by “Universal design format”.

    3 points
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Ken Em , Aug 16, 2018

    Thanks for the comment. We're already talking to some companies that share our visions and would like to eventually open our universal format as something like a PDF so designers would no longer be limited by tools and platforms. So no, rather than promoting our technology, we'd like to start a conversation. What's your opinion on the variety of design tools and design formats?

    2 points
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Daniel Golden , Aug 16, 2018

    Great question Daniel. That's why we're considering to make the OCTOPUS file format free and open for everyone.

    1 point
  • Posted to Aren’t there too many design formats?, in reply to Gio Vas , Aug 16, 2018

    Thanks!

    1 point
  • Posted to Do you use Adobe Illustrator for your UI design work?, in reply to Jared Krause , Jul 25, 2018

    Thanks for you feedback Jared. Making the switch to Sketch makes a complete sense. And regarding your design hand-off workflow - aren't designers spending too much time since they have to prepare all layer assets as Exportables for the Zeplin sync? Have you looked for alternatives in that regard?

    0 points
  • Posted to Do you use Adobe Illustrator for your UI design work?, in reply to iterati design , Jul 24, 2018

    Haha. No worries. I was just curious :)

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