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Top 8 Collaboration Tools for Designers and Freelancers

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 21:01
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The workplace in a modern Web design company like yours is a dynamic one with various teams working on different projects in different stages. Your design and development team may be made of technicians from various backgrounds and departments who, in turn, can be either internal staff or external freelancers or employees who telecommute.

This kind of situation may lead to frustrations arising out of delays in responding to queries, miscommunications, lack of unified understanding, etc.

Thankfully, various online collaboration tools are available in the market that can simplify the life of your design team and ensure that everyone is focused on achieving the same objective.


1. Marvel

Marvel is a popular cloud-based design, prototyping and collaboration tool. With Marvel, you can create designs either directly or sync it from your Cloud storage. The prototyping feature helps you to create prototypes that look real and can be easily viewed across multiple devices. The collaboration feature enables easy sharing of project info and feedbacks.

There are free, pro and company versions. The free package is for a single user covering 2 projects. The other packages cover more features, more users, and unlimited projects.

2. Wake 

Wake enables your designers to share their work directly from their design tools without having to leave them. Prototypes and animations can be easily shared, and you can also track how different ideas evolve into projects or products. With apps available for Mac and iPhone, it is easy to track and collaborate on a project even when you are traveling.

Pricing: There is a free trial version for 30 days, a starter plan for $22 and a Pro plan for large teams that need loaded features.

image2 3. InVision 

InVision is one tool that packs power in its punch. It helps in converting your design files from static to interactive prototypes easily and quickly.

Different team members can give their feedback directly about the designs and project status can be tracked from one centralized location. With InVision, it is easy to do real-time collaboration on designs, launch meetings and present demos. One of the key features is that you can test your mobile or Web product designs and quickly integrate the customer feedback into your product.

Pricing: You can sign up for free for one prototype for unlimited time or opt for plans that start at $15 and increased accordingly with added features.

4. Zeplin

With Zeplin, you just need to upload your design specs and it will create the designs for you. Apart from the regular collaborating and communicating features, one that stands out is that it can generate style guides and resources automatically.

Pricing: It is free for one active project, other packages start from as low as $17 and go up, depending on the number of prototypes, users and features.

5. Active Collab

Active Collab is a simple, easy-to-use tool that comes with loaded features like Task Management, Team Collaboration, Time Tracking and Invoicing. This tool runs on the cloud and doesn’t need any setup or installation.

Pricing: Plans start at $25 for five members and go up, depending on the number of users and cloud storage space required. You can choose to self-host it for a one-time fee that starts at $499.

6. Open Brand 

Open Brand is an amazing design tool that helps you to create impressive design mockups required for client presentations. Design resources like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are organized in Open Brand itself, you don’t have to download them or leave them to access your files.


Pricing: You can access 1,000 images with the basic package for free and the premium packages start from $9.95 per user per month.

7. Paymo 

Paymo is an excellent PMS, especially for small and medium businesses. It provides a single platform for Team Collaboration, Timesheet Management, and Project Accounting. Various features include Kanban Boards, Gantt Charts, File Sharing and more.

Pricing: You can try it for free for 15 days, after which packages start from $8.95 per user per month.

image4 8. Viewflux 

This tool aids in creating interactive prototypes from static designs, that are used in making presentations to the clients. It also enables visual feedback enabling clients or team members to give their feedbacks directly on the designs. It is an excellent tool for interactive prototyping.

Pricing: You can try it for free with limited features; premium plans start at $9 per month.

Free Collaboration Tools for designers

Apart from these, you also have a plethora of free tools in the market that can help you in varying degrees. They include: Red Pen, Bounce, Flatsies, Prevue, Marqueed, GoVisually, Design Drop, Frame Bench, Concept Inbox, Skwibl, EasyProof, Apollo and Red Mark.


If you are looking for collaborative tools for your Web design company, you can try one or many of these tools for free during a trial period to assess their usefulness and then select the one which best suits your needs. Recommendations and additions to this list are most welcome, as are your experiences with any of the above tools.


Jayanti Katariya is a founder and CEO of Moon Technolabs Pvt Ltd., a leading Mobile App Development Company that develops apps based on your ideas and converts them into reality by providing app development throughout iOS and Android and Windows Platforms.

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