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Abstract Plugin

A Sketch plugin that integrates your Sketch files with Abstract's version control.

Administrator (Organization)

The user responsible for managing the Abstract account for an organization. They manage approval for new contributor seats, billing, integrations, organization details, and other organization-level settings.

Administrator (Project)

The user who creates a project, by default. Project administrators can add viewers to projects and private projects; they cannot add contributors to projects or private projects unless they are also an administrator for the organization.


A method of referencing a specific part of an artboard to leave a comment. 


Artboards, images, icons, and symbols etc. created in Sketch files 

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A personal workspace for contributors in Abstract. A branch references file versions from the main branch that the contributor can edit and update with each commit before merging the final approved version back to the main branch. Since a branch is a personal workspace, the contributor who creates the branch has more editing permissions on that branch than other contributors in the project or organization.

Branch (Child)

A branch that references the files from its parent branch so that a contributor can create, edit, commit, and merge that work back to the main branch

Branch (Main)

A space in each project for finalized, approved versions of work. You can branch from the main branch to start work and you can merge to the main branch when you're ready.

Branch (Parent)

A branch that has child branches.

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A tool you can use to present your work during design reviews and presentations. You can collect feedback from stakeholders using comments and annotations.


A method of providing collaborative feedback and general discussion regarding the work being done in Abstract. 


A snapshot of the changes you’ve made to a file in a branch. A commit provides context to the changes in your work; it includes an overview of visual and non-visual changes and provides a space to document the changes for your team


User than can can edit projects, which includes creating branches, editing files, making commits, merging branches, and more.

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A collection of data stored in one unit, identified by a filename and extension. In Abstract these are your Sketch files and libraries associated with the .sketch extension. 


A network security device that monitors and filters incoming and outgoing network traffic based on an organization's previously established security policies

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Typically someone from outside of your organization who is invited to one or more specific projects. Oftentimes, guests are contractors or clients who only need to see a portion of your organization's work. A guest can be a viewer or a contributor. Guests can also be project administrators.

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A method of including people to your organizations or to private projects

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JIT (Just-In-Time) Provisioning

A method to automate how new team members can gain access to software. When a new team member logs in to Abstract for the first time, a new account is created for them behind the scenes

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An ordinary Sketch document with symbols that are used in other Sketch documents

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A simple markup language you can use to easily add formatting, links, and images to plain text in certain fields in Abstract


Someone invited to your organization who is part of your team. Members have access to each project within an organization; members do not automatically have access to private projects. A member can be a viewer, contributor, or an administrator. Members can also be project administrators.


The process used to integrate the work you've done with the work that's already in the main branch.

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The unit which all users, projects, and files are attached to. Each organization is associated with either a Pro or Enterprise plan.

Organization (Receiving)

The organization you're transferring a project to. If you have a project in Organization A that you want to transfer to Organization B, the receiving organization is Organization B.

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Spaces each organization can create to organize their work and initiatives. Some organizations use projects to manage specific products or platforms and others use them to separate client work. A project is accessible to all members within their respective organizations. You can also invite guests to projects.

Project (Personal)

Projects that are only accessible in the personal workspace for each person with an Abstract account. They work just like projects. To access them, use the dropdown menu located in the center of the Abstract titlebar to select Your personal projects (@username).

Project (Private)

A project used to organize work and initiatives for organizations. A private project is only accessible to members or guests who have been specifically invited to that project.

Organization Admins do not have access unless specifically invited.


A gateway between a computer and the internet. It's an intermediary server separating end users from the websites they browse

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Roles are used to determine the level of access each user seat has to the organization’s projects.

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SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management)

A standard for automating the exchange of user identity information between identity domains, or IT systems.


A paid user within an organization.

SSO (Single Sign-on)

A session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials (e.g. username and password) to access multiple applications. SSO can be used by organizations to streamline the management of various usernames and passwords.


An agreement between a supplier and customer for a product or service paid for by the customer on a scheduled basis and renewed automatically with a pre-authorized credit card.


The term sync is short for, and a synonym to, the word synchronizing. Synchronizing in the computer world is the process of matching up two or more copies of information, and updating all of them, so they are identical.

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An organizational unit that allows organization administrators to group users and add the teams to specific projects. Organization admins can assign team admins that can also add or remove members and guests to the team.

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Users that can view and comment on branches, collections, and artboards that are shared via desktop or web. They can also export project files.

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