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Storybook IntegrationDesign Tool IntegrationDocumentation Tool IntegrationDesign TokensPermissionsShareable components w/ dev or otherVersion ControlAPIJira / Slack IntegrationAccount & Pricing
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Zero HeightPros• Embeds storybook link in online docs• Sketch plugin upload selected or all symbols
• Full Figma specific workflow
• Intuitive updating
• Creates documentation webite
• Rich text, embed prototype, videos, gifs, code snippets, tables
• Tree navigation w/ infinite sections (manage in website)
• Multiple guides/systems
• Easy to pull in updates from figma or sketch
• Cusom domain
• Custom fonts and colors for guide
• sass, css, ios, android
• color and font prefix
• Note: the only tokens synced are currently typography and color styles, but we plan to add support for many more token types, as well as custom tokens.
• Team editors and view-only links
• Password protection
• View-only links
• Component detail view is a dev inspector
• Shows nested components/variables
• History of uploaded files
• Granular additions/removals
• Styleguide drafts, versions, and publish (company plan)
• Yes w/ Figma• Company: min 5 editors
($39 x 5 x 12 = $2340)
• Enterprise: ???
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Cons• Missing knobs
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DSMPros• Includes knobs
• Links to github
• dynamic code sample
• auto-generated properties table
• Sketch plugin (dsm window)
• Add symbols, colors, text styles, layer styles, icons, components from sketch and add to dsm window
• Sync library changes to document button
• Creates documentation website
• Insert bullets, images
• Multiple guides/systems
• Tree navigation (manage from sketch)
• sass, css, less, stylus, xml, json, yaml, android, ios
• color and font prefixes
• generates icons svg file
• Org roles:Admin, editor, viewer, visitor
• library roles: Admin, editor, viewer, visitor
• password protected links
• Inspect mode links to design and code documentation • Versions history and current version in dsm app
• Release version pushes all changes to everyone
• Online version history with numbering, comments, and optional diff
• Revert to previous version
• Yes• Team: up to 5 ($99 x 5 x 12 = $5,940)
• Enterprise: ???
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Cons• Not super intuitive at first• No branding/whitelabeling
• No custom domain
• ability to cusomize?• Component detail is static
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Brand AI
(oob 12/16)
Pros• Sketch plugin (brand.ai window)
• Select symbols from sketch and add to brand.ai window
• Creates documentation website• sass, css, less, stylus, xml, json, yaml, android, ios
• Asset zips
• Yes• Lacks functionality• ?
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Cons• None• Limited
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LingoPros• Sketch plugin and Mac app
• Push/pull asset management
• files, colors, fonts, sketch symbols, text styles, layer styles, artboards, groups, layers
• visually browsable
• drag n drop
• push/pull diff
• Creates documentation website
• Custom branding
• Unlimited kits
• Manually arrange content
• Add notes, tags
• Admin, owner, member, limited member• Public and Private links
• Export controls
• Code snippets (?)
• individual components
• Versioning w/ rollback• API
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Cons• None• No design tokens
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AvocodePros• Mac app
• Web app
• drag and drop sketch file to import
• Figma, Sketch, Jira, dbox, slack
• comments, tasks
• Unlimited folders
• Sync versions through Dropbox folders
• Public/private share link
• Granular permissions
• Inspect mode
• Commenting
• Asset generation
• Export code (w/ variables)
• Copy styles
• Yes, unlimited history for every asset
• Version backup
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Cons• None• No docs site• No design tokens
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UXPinPros• Design system libraries
• Colors, text styles, symbols, assets
• imports from sketch
• pull updates w/ diff (no overrides lost)
• push updates to library
• multiple libraries
• WCAG
• prototyping: simulate, comment, spec, documentation (page)
• interactions, variables, states, expressions, data generator
• creates online docs
• docs auto-update
• No design tokens• Owner, team, specific users
• Add edit etc
• Specs mode
• Comments, tasks
• Yes
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Cons• None
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FramerXPros• I think the idea is that it's self documenting• Prototype with coded components
• visually renders React
• Prototyped motion/animation can be reused in production
• Sketch plugin
• components are in a "store" (compares to figma)
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Cons• None• No docs site• Don't think so, but you do import real components
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FigmaPros• Can embed a Figma prototype in storybook.
https://github.com/hharnisc/storybook-addon-figma
• Design system libraries
• Colors, text styles, symbols, assets
• imports from sketch
• pull updates from library
• push updates to library
• multiple libraries
• Strong prototyping capabilities, transitions, object-level or artboard
• close parity w/ Sketch in terms of design capabilities
• contant autosave
• can real time co-design with other editors in real-time
• Can share a library file that feels like a design system style guide
• free unlimited viewers, any viewer can inspect and grab code
• Team Page: Files, Projects, Members, and Billing.
• Files stored in cloud
• decent search
• Full Zeroheight Integrations
• Looks like some people have done things via Figma API:
• https://blog.prototypr.io/design-tokens-with-figma-aef25c42430f
• https://www.figma.com/resources/extensions-and-apis/figgo/
• https://github.com/mikaelvesavuori/figmagic
• SAML SSO
• Viewer, editor, admin, owner roles
• Org, teams, individuals
• Multiple teams with multiple libraries
• free unlimited viewers, any viewer can inspect and grab code
• can set Permissions at a Team, Project and File level
• Live view of a prototype, collab with comments
• free unlimited viewers, any viewer can inspect and grab code but not edit files
• Ability to publish an entire file, styles and components, team library updates
• publish w/ notes
• Similar update flow (edit library, hit publish)
• add description of changes that displays in version history
• review / accept changes to individual styles/components
• version history shows all saved versions w/ timestamp and user
• previous versions can be named, retored or duplicate
• Seems to have a strong API that people are making use of for things like design tokens
• https://www.figma.com/developers/api
• Embed live proto, always up to date
• Zeplin, Dropbox Paper, Jira, Trello, Dribbble, Principle, comment notification from Slack, Protopie, Zeroheight, Avocode, Flinto
Professional: $12/month/editor
• Unlimited projects
• Unlimited version history
• Custom file/user permissions
• Invite-only private projects
• Shareable team libraries
Organization: $45/monthe/editor
• Org-wide design systems
• Centralized teams
• Private plugins
• Plugin administration
• Shared fonts
• Single sign-on integrations
• Advanced security
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Cons• commnunity created integrations
• does not support a storybook embed inside figma
• Transition from Sketch will take some adjustment time
• cloud files: must open file first before going offline."
• Looking at a Figma file instead of a traditional style guide website might seem strange to people• No out of the box tokens support
• Using one of the above methods would take dev resources
• No custom units
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