Why should I use Zeplin,
when Figma already has Dev Mode?
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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Zeplin vs. Figma Dev Mode:
A side‑by‑side comparison
Learn how Figma Dev Mode and Zeplin compare. See why BP, Salesforce, and Chipotle developers prefer Zeplin for product development and cross-functional collaboration.
Zeplin’s impact on
In annual time savings per team member
Ready-to-build-design files published per month
Uplift in production speed
Improvement in team alignment
Is Zeplin a design tool?
No, Zeplin is not a design tool. Zeplin is a separate collaboration space where developers (and the entire product team) get design clarity, organization, and precision that's not natively available in Figma.
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.
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 design 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. In fact, “compare changes” doesn’t work at all when designers copy-and-paste updated frames into the design, because this resets the version history you were comparing. Zeplin documents locked versions of every screen, allowing devs to compare versions precisely and at the screen level (using Version Diff).
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.