Zeplin 2.0

Connected space for product teams with components and more

#5 Product of the WeekJune 21, 2018
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Zeplin is a connected space for product teams where they can share designs, generate specs, assets and code snippets, tailored for iOS, Android and Web.

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Reviews

  • Mihai SerbanDigital Product Designer
    Pros: 

    Great tool for exporting designs and sharing them with your team

    Cons: 

    Slicing and exporting svg assets still needs to be improved

    I have been using this tool to share designs with stakeholders and developers for a long time now (since October 2015). Everybody loves Zeplin and it was so cool to follow the journey of the company and the evolution of the product.

    Everything got better since we started using it, but I would like to mention two things that could still use some improvements:

    1. Slicing and exporting assets from Sketch produces a different result when compared to the Zeplin svg export (for example, icons even have different sizes) - most of the times we need to drop the files into illustrator and tweak them there to ensure good results.

    2. Organizing projects with tons of exported screens is a huge hassle (especially if the project was not organized properly from the beginning). You can use tags and sections to group screens but if you're designing complex products, you will probably find that not to be enough.

    Mihai Serban has used this product for one year.
  • Esley SvanasProduct Manager, MBO Partners
    Pros: 

    Easy to use

    Flexible

    Everything is in one place

    Cons: 

    No way to download the file or individual screens

    No Jira integration

    Zeplin has transformed our dev team. No more having a zillion versions of a PDF or designers spending a ton of time annotating designs. No more searching a million folders in a million places for assets, no more searching through emails to find answers to questions, and no more debates between developers about how to interpret the design. I love love love having everything in one place in such an easy to use format, I would never go back to the old way of doing things!

    Esley Svanas has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Berk ÇebiMaker@berkcebi · macOS, co-founder at Zeplin
Hello, hello! I'm Berk, one of the co-founders. We see Zeplin as a connected space for product teams where they can share designs, generate specs, assets and code snippets. One of the biggest things we care about is that Zeplin generates these resources tailored for each platform including iOS, Android and Web, even frameworks like React Native. It's been almost 3 years since we launched 1.0 right here on Product Hunt. Today, we're super excited to launch 2.0, with components and a ton more goodies. The components feature is a step towards design systems for Zeplin, where designers can export symbols from Sketch and they will be listed under the new Components tab of the project Styleguide. When engineers select a layer that’s inside a component they can quickly see the component name and a link that will take them to it. Can't wait to hear what you all think! ✌️
Alexey SekachovHunter@sekachov
What's new: 1) Components 2) Renaming assets 3) Revamped Dashboard with larger thumbnails 4) Consistent export order from Sketch 5) Filtering notes 6) Reordering colors in Styleguide 7) Selecting multiple assets and downloading them at once 8) Adding description for projects 9) Revamped Styleguide interface
Shreyaa Ratra@shreyaa_ratra · Making B2B sales easy via EasyLeadz.com
@ceylanismail, @merihakar, @berkcebi A quick thought if you have started with B2B : a) Track companies who have recently raised funds. They are going to spend money on products which can help smoothen the work of their product teams. b) Track companies who are hiring for product managers. If a company is hiring, it means it is spending money on product team and again would be happy to use products which can improve their efficiency. LMK your thoughts on this and also how are you targeting the companies.
Julián Abad@jabadhid · Digital Marketing & Innovation
@shreyaa_ratra good ideas
Pelin KenezMaker@pelinkenez · Product Designer, co-founder of Zeplin
@shreyaa_ratra These are great insights Shreyaa, thanks!
Alptekin@alptekincan · Product Designer
Amazing product! congratulations!
Oliver Ruebener@oliamazing · Designer @ zippia
it's the right direction but far from being very useful. I prefer what Invision does with Design Systems Manager. They give you a rich comment editor that helps you describe each component and also allows you to add code. That way it can become a documentation for the frontend engineers, where they can go and copy paste the code for each element.
Michael Riddering@ridderingand_ · Cofounder, Trendly
@oliamazing I recently used Invision DSM thinking that it would replace Zeplin but I was actually really disappointed in the UX. Decided that Sketch was best even though I was manually creating artboards that contained all of my components. And then 3 days later Zeplin released "Components" and now I'm 100% hooked. Invision Studio may change this but for now I couldn't be happier with your team @berkcebi
Oliver Ruebener@oliamazing · Designer @ zippia
@ridderingand_ initially I was disappointed in DSM too, they didn't even let me delete things, once they were imported. It has already improved I think