The no-brainer
to Dev Mode

Zeplin transforms design-dev workflows with more features and controls than design tools offer. Join millions on the platform that pioneered the “ready for dev” space, and ship beautiful products together — faster.

2x uplift in productivity
96% better team alignment

Zeplin does everything that Dev Mode does and much more – with unique capabilities proven to increase production speed and accuracy. Here’s the difference:

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Separate “ready-to-build” and “in‑progress” clearly

Zeplin is a dedicated space for collaborating on committed designs. “Ready for dev” sections in Figma are just containers on the canvas that can change at any given time.

Manage design versions — just like Git

Versioning in Zeplin is structured like Git, giving you detailed change tracking. Figma’s versions are automatically saved for the entire file, making comparisons tough to spot.

Standardize design organization

Zeplin’s built-in file structure saves time with consistent organization. Figma’s custom organization is non-standard and can lead to wasted time searching for files.

Document designs in context

Zeplin documents design behavior, user flows, and product requirements for each screen with clarity — without extra layers cluttering the file.

Make the ever-evolving design system accessible to all

Zeplin surfaces relevant design system information on every screen, like component variants and version history so devs can see exactly what changed and when. This minimizes the risk of the wrong elements in production.

See the difference for yourself

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Zeplin is the world’s leading design delivery platform

Purpose-built to bridge the gap between product design and development.
Zeplin helps you build higher-quality products faster.

Figma Dev Mode
Dedicated hub for design-to-dev workflows
Dev features in a design tool
Built-in architecture. Separates final designs
Every designer uses their own system. Chaos!
Git-like versioning, reliable direct links
Version Control
Auto-saves. Changes lost when duplicated
Annotations & flows free for all to see
Instructions accessible behind paywall
Retain design file structure when adding designs
3-5 hours of manual clean-up a week. Tedious.
Assign work and secure approvals
Task Tracking
“This is ready to build… right?”
A centralized design system reference
Each team has a different UI kit
Share final designs in final flows
Design Reviews
Information overload
Visually QA builds against designs
“What’s support for visual QA?”

See the facts


in annual time savings per team member

7+ million

ready-for-dev files published per month


of teams experience
on‑time launches


of teams ship higher quality products

Get more with Zeplin — one flat rate, unlimited users, all core features.

Simplify your workflows – and budget – with access to all of Zeplin’s core design-dev features in convenient plans tailored to your work. From annotations and user flows to version compare, two-way Jira sync, and pay-by-project or seat options. Get more of what you need, exactly how you need it.


Does Zeplin work with Figma?

Yes! Zeplin is the original design-to-dev platform and it works great with Figma. Use Zeplin as your structured, separated workspace for your team to get design clarity, access requirements, and precise technical specs for development. Simply install Zeplin’s plugin for Figma in any Figma project and start publishing your frames to Zeplin.

Do Dev Mode sections allow me to organize my canvas?

Marking sections in your Figma file as “ready for dev” can serve as a way to organize the canvas, but the constant fluidity of the infinite canvas can create confusion on build-ready files. Zeplin arranges screens in a grid structure, with additional organization options, such as pinned annotations, screen variants, status tags, global search, and more.

Aren't “ready for dev" designs in Figma Dev Mode locked?

No. You can still make changes to frames inside a “ready for dev” section, which makes it impossible to know if you’re looking at the correct version.

Does Dev Mode allow me to compare changes?

There is a "compare changes” feature in Figma, but nothing prevents further changes while you compare. Also, the definition of what you’re comparing can change. For example, designers often duplicate frames in Figma to keep iterating on them and then either replace the original frame with the new – or keep the two as separate versions. The first option erases previous version history, while the second produces multiple similar frames (within the same file) to keep track of.

Zeplin documents locked screen versions, which devs can quickly see and compare all versions of a single screen with Version Diff. This linear and intentional way of versioning is modeled around how Git works, which is a broadly adopted workflow by devs.

Isn’t it easier for my entire team to work in one tool?

Figma is a designer-first tool, leaving significant gaps in the workflow for non-designers. It's time-consuming for developers to navigate and find what they need in a Figma file, and designers must also constantly maintain their files and explain where to look and what's relevant.

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