Online Design software
2019. Graphic design platform Canva raised $70 million
Canva has raised another $70 million to expand its graphic design platform. The round, which values the company at a massive $2.5 billion, brings its total raised to $166 million. The news comes mere days after the provider of design and publishing tools acquired the free stock image providers Pexels and Pixabay and launched a new subscription service for its premium image marketplace, Photos Unlimited. The new capital, however, will be used to fuel another new product, Canva Enterprise, which is tailored for larger brands and businesses seeking additional brand control and collaboration. Today Canva counts 15 million users in 190 countries.
2019. InVision adds new integrations with Jira
InVision announced even deeper integrations with Jira, letting users embed actual InVision prototypes right within a Jira ticket. The company also announced the Jira app for InVision Studio, letting designers in Studio see interactive Jira tickets in real time. InVision has already had lighter integrations with Atlassian products, including Jira, Confluence and Trello. The partnership makes sense. Atlassian provides a parallel product to InVision, except instead of serving designers, Atlassian serves engineers.
2019. Online design tool Figma gets new enterprise collaboration features
Figma, the design and prototyping tool that aims to offer a web-based alternative to similar tools from the likes of Adobe, is launching a few new features today that will make the service easier to use to collaborate across teams in large organizations. Figma Organization, as the company calls this new feature set, is the company’s first enterprise-grade service that features the kind of controls and security tools that large companies expect. For designers, one of the most important new features here is probably organization-wide design systems. Figma already had tools to create design systems, of course, but this enterprise version now makes it easier for teams to share libraries and fonts with each other to ensure that the same styles are applied to products and services across a company.
2018. InVision deepens integrations with Atlassian
InVision expanded integration with Atlassian products Confluence, Trello and Jira that allows users see and share InVision prototypes from within those programs. Given the way design and development teams use both product suites, it only makes sense to let these product suites communicate with one another. Specifically, the expanded integration allows designers to share InVision Studio designs and prototypes right within Jira, Trello and Confluence. InVision Studio was unveiled late last year, offering designers an alternative to Sketch and Adobe.
2018. Balsamiq Mockups improves navigation, offline access
Prototyping tool Balsamiq Mockups rolled out a bunch of new features that make it easier to navigate, edit, and export with Moqups. There are two big changes to Pages: Pinned Pages and Page Thumbnails. Pinned pages allow to pin your most active pages to the top of the Pages Panel. Export now has its own button and, with it, a great new option: The ability to export an offline version of the Viewer. The Export to HTML option downloads a fully interactive prototype that can be viewed offline, hosted on more restrictive environments like behind-the-firewall intranet servers. Other improvements include smarter forms, color replacement on page, improved SVG support, image cropping, blur filter.
2018. Design tool InVision gets an app store
InVision, the service that wants to be the operating system for designers, introduced its app store and asset store within InVision Studio. In short, InVision Studio users now have access to some of their most-used apps and services from right within the Studio design tool. Plus, those same users will be able to shop for icons, UX/UI components, typefaces and more from within Studio. While Studio is still in its early days, InVision has compiled a solid list of initial app store partners, including Google, Salesforce, Slack, Getty, Atlassian, and more.
2018. Gliffy adds AWS Simple Icons
To make documenting their infrastructure and offerings easy, Amazon's brilliant designers have created icons to represent every service they provide. And as the offerings are always evolving, so are the shapes. Gliffy developers thought it would be useful to create a template with all the most up-to-date AWS simple icons (which you can use as a starting point for creating your own network documentation). There are so many shapes, that the template takes a minute to load. You can view it at 50% zoom since the shapes are large (for optimal resolution).