The Abstract plugin

When you open Sketch and Adobe XD files through Abstract, the Abstract plugin will appear at the bottom of your Sketch window or in the Adobe XD plugins panel. The plugin is automatically installed when you download the Abstract macOS app.

The Abstract plugin in Sketch

You’ll use the Sketch plugin to commit changes to your Sketch files to Abstract. You can move the plugin by clicking the Abstract logo on the plugin.

Sketch error: Could not connect to Abstract plugin

This error may occur when attempting to open a Sketch file through Abstract. Sketch has a Safe Mode feature and if it crashes, it will launch again in Safe Mode and all plugins are disabled until the subsequent time Sketch is launched.

The Could Not Connect to Abstract Plugin message may be resolved by restarting both Abstract and Sketch to re-enable plugins. If this error continues, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the Abstract plugin. 

To uninstall and reinstall the plugin:

  1. Quit Abstract.
  2. Launch Sketch.
  3. Select Plugins > Manage Plugins
  4. Right click Abstract
  5. Select Uninstall Abstract > Move to Trash
  6. Relaunch Abstract and attempt to open your file.

If these steps do not resolve this, please contact Support with a copy of the debug logs.

What to do when Sketch crashes

When Sketch crashes, it could be Abstract, Sketch, or another Sketch plugin.

Please send debug logs to our Support team for help.

The Abstract plugin in Adobe XD

The Abstract plugin in Adobe XD lives in the plugins panel and provides context for the Artboards you’re working on.

#1: Show in Abstract

Select an Artboard, then click Show in Abstract to navigate to the Layer Detail of this particular Artboard in Abstract.

#2: Details

This section provides context on which project and branch you are working from. Click View to navigate to the project or Branch overview in Abstract.

#3: Libraries

Here you can see all the libraries available to this project, including libraries specific to this project as well as libraries linked from other projects.

Click Open next to a library file to open the file and copy / paste components from the file. If you open a library file specific to this project, you’ll be able to make edits to the components from here. If you open a library file linked from another project, the file will open untracked and you will not be able to edit components.

Click View next to a library file to navigate the Files list in the Abstract app. The library file will be highlighted.

#4: Commit changes

After you have saved changes to your Adobe XD file, you’ll be able to commit your changes to Abstract by clicking Commit changes. The quick commit modal will open.

Click More Options to navigate to a fullscreen commit modal in Abstract.