Abstract recently added support for macOS’ dark mode in their desktop and web app

With macOS Mojave, Apple introduced a much-loved feature for those of us who like to burn the midnight oil: Dark Mode. And here at Abstract, we’re not only all about streamlining your design workflow. We want to make that workflow easier on the eyes, too.

We’ve seen numerous apps launch support for this new (awesome) feature, and today we’re excited to share that we’re turning down the lights and rolling out a system-wide Dark Mode for Abstract’s macOS app and our web app.

In our macOS app, the setting will reflect whatever setting you’ve chosen for your system.

We’re slightly…

A more open approach to design helps build better products and demystifies the process for the rest of the company.

Hi there! I’m Tim Van Damme, Principal Designer over at Abstract. Thanks for reading, this is about something I deeply care about. I’m on Twitter if anyone wants to chat (my DM’s are always open!)

We’ve all seen it happen. A well-publicized product or feature launch that awards a single person credit for being the one who did it all. They’re deemed the creative brains behind a new product feature, rebrand, campaign, or an entirely new product.

As someone who’s experienced a fair bit of the attention when my company launched a new feature, I’ve gotten a taste of what…

Staying on top of conversations in Abstract just got a lot easier

We know that getting a design project over the finish line requires keeping all team members up to date throughout the entire design process. To that end, we’re introducing two highly requested features: inline replies to comments and email notifications. Whether your team lives in Abstract or you just jump in to review or comment, keeping up with the conversation is now even easier.

Replies to comments and annotations

Replies to comments help keep the conversation organized and easy to follow. You can reply to comments on branches, layers, and from the activity feed.

Wherever comments appear in Abstract — on a layer or branch…

Abstract Collections allow you to organize, share, and present your design work.

If you are already using Abstract to manage your design files, Collections are the best way to present the work for others. Collections make design reviews pain free. No more exporting and reformatting files to present to your stakeholders. No more collecting feedback via email or Slack. Collections allow you to organize artboards, share via a link, or present them live and gather feedback. Everything in a single location, resulting in a better, faster design review process.

Abstract Collections now has additional presenter options, including switching between day and night mode, giving you more versatility when presenting your design work.

2017 is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t launch some new features before ringing in the new year 😀. We’ve got 2 big new features, some smaller ones, and the usual mix of bug fixes and performance improvements for you today:

Introducing Compare Mode

After updating to Abstract 0.64.8, you’ll notice there’s a new tab on the artboard detail screen called “Compare”. In this mode, it’s possible to compare an artboard with its previous version, either by looking at them side by side (with synchronized zoom), or by overlaying them on top of each other which highlights the differences. …

Centralized Sketch Symbol Libraries, available across all your projects inside Abstract.

A couple of weeks ago we released initial support for Sketch’s much-anticipated new feature called Libraries (the ability to use external Symbols in your Sketch file). It was the first of three phases, focused on supporting Libraries at the project level.

As promised, today we’re announcing phase II: Support for Linked Libraries. This allows you to use and share Symbols across different projects inside Abstract.

Linked Libraries are part of version 0.63.3 of Abstract, which also includes performance improvements and a revamped layer detail screen (more on that in a later blogpost). Check the update menu or download directly here.

A single source of truth for your design system

Start building scalable Design Systems with Sketch Libraries and Abstract

This morning Sketch released a new feature called Libraries, and we’re excited to support this new design workflow on the first day it’s available. Update Abstract to get started!

What are Sketch Libraries?

Libraries are the best way to share symbols across Sketch files. Instead of having to have one massive file with everything in it, your team can now centralize shared design elements.

  • A source of truth for every symbol — no more duplicate or out-of-date Symbols
  • Organize Symbols into their own files
  • Allow your team to break apart monolithic design files, reducing overall file-size for better performance in Sketch and Abstract
  • Automatically…

A better way to organize, share, and present your designs.

We’re thrilled to launch a new feature for Teams called Collections.

As a designer you often present your work to stakeholders, colleagues, and clients to get their feedback. Presenting is a critical part of the design process and helps provide context around an experience. We created Collections to provide a flexible way to organize, share, and present your work.

Short introduction to Collections

What you can do with Collections

Collections are very versatile, and can be used for a wide variety of use cases:

Presenting to clients or other stakeholders

Create a collection to share a user’s progression — like an onboarding flow — or share a set of design explorations.

Design reviews


The way we design is changing, and so are our tools.

Give people a tool, and they’ll find different ways to put it to use. No two designers work the same way, but I’m predicting that will change over the next couple of years. Modern digital design grew out of hacking photo editors to draw user interfaces, losing track of work inside systems designed not to lose work, and an endless cycle of recreating existing screens when things get lost in translation…

Over the past decade, designers began to re-evaluate their approach and gravitated toward a component-based workflow. Photoshop introduced Smart Objects (being able to “place” other Photoshop files in a…

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