Design collaboration tool Wake is now available for free


Digital Arts | 01 June 17

You may have already heard about or used Wake - collaboration and communication software used between designers. It was released two years ago by previous Facebook product designer Chris Kalani, and has since attracted major tech brands such as Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify, Deliveroo and Microsoft.

To use Wake there has been a small annual fee for each user, but from today the company is releasing a free version aimed at small design teams.

Wake is an app available for Mac and iOS users, which creates a centralised hub for designers to share work files and collect feedback all within their team, as seen in the images below.

Users can share their design process with others without having to leave Sketch, Photoshop or Illustrator, and can capture and store anything that comes across their screen. Colleagues can give and receive live comments and feedback, and a design activity channel can be connected to Slack and HipChat for the wider company to have access if needed.

With Wake designers can share and learn from each other to perfect ideas while developers and project managers stay in the loop.

Founder Chris Kalani wanted to create an open and transparent design process. He worked on Facebook Messenger and grew the product design team from 18 to 100 people in 2011.

The current 'starter' plan costs US$22 each month per designer, with a maximum of 10 designers per team. The starter plan allows for unlimited spectators and file storage, use across Mac and iOS, Sketch and Adobe CC integrations and Slack and Hipchat integration. There’s also a Pro version, which allows for unlimited spaces, guest accounts, single sign-on, priority support and a dedicated account manager.

While these plans are still available to use, the launch of the free version is aimed at smaller teams, studios, freelancers and start ups. It will allow for up to two designers to use the software, with an unlimited amount of people who can view and comment. Designers will be able to use the Mac App, which allows sharing directly from Sketch, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as the iOS app for mobile. Download from the iTunes App Store from June 1. 

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