Zeplin is intended to allow application developers and designers to share different types of resources they need to collaborate on their work. It is available as both a plugin and a standalone application. It works by converting designs made on various tools, such as Sketch, Adobe XD CC, Figma and Adobe Photoshop, into a format that generates code snippets, design specs and assets.
Being a product made for professional use, Zeplin has a steep learning curve, which gradually turns flatter as you become familiar with its workflow. As it is actually a client, the tool requires an Internet connection to work properly.
Zeplin can help you organize your projects’ assets in the form of component libraries. In this respect, the tool supports three main kinds of projects: web, iOS and Android, which allows unifying ideas by the different team members.
As said above, the application works together with some of the most widely used design tools. Zeplin together with the corresponding plugins facilitates exporting designs without much complication. Luckily, these plugins are installed without user intervention, but it is also possible to do it manually. Along with the projects, some useful information is also exported, including assets like specs about colors and fonts. Likewise, this tool generates code snippets that can be readily inserted into the source code of the application you are developing. more