Collections let you design how your work is presented to stakeholders. You can order your artboards and use presentation mode to move through flows with your audience.

Note: Collections are only available for Business and Enterprise customers. Upgrade your plan to use Collections.

How to create a Collection

You can create a Collection from Master or from one of your open Branches.

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. In the left side pane, select Master or, under Branches, select one of your Branches.
  3. Select the COLLECTIONS tab.
  4. Click NEW COLLECTION or CREATE COLLECTION.
  5. Select which artboards you’d like to include in your Collection.
  6. Click CONTINUE.
  7. Fill in a name and description for the Collection.
  8. Click CREATE & ADD X ITEMS.

How to add / remove artboards from an existing Collection

To add additional artboards:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. In the left side pane, select Master or, under Branches, select one of your Branches.
  3. Select the COLLECTIONS tab.
  4. Select the Collection you'd like to change.
    • To remove an artboard, hover over it and click .
    • To add artboard(s), click + ADD in the top right corner.

Create a Collection

How to update a Collection

By default, Collections are auto-updated as your team commits and merges changes to the artboards in the Collection.

How to turn off auto-update

You can turn off auto-update for each artboard if you’d like to keep a previous artboard design as part of your Collection.

To turn off auto-update for an artboard:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. In the left side pane, select Master (if your Collection was created from Master) or, under Branches, select your Branch (if your Collection was created from your Branch).
  3. Select the COLLECTIONS tab.
  4. Select the Collection from the list.
  5. Hover over the artboard you’d like to turn off auto-update for.
  6. Toggle the Auto-update switch to the left. The switch will turn grey when off. 

What happens to my Collection when I merge my Branch to Master?

If you’ve created a Collection from one of your Branches and you merge that Branch, the Collection is not merged to Master. To find this Collection again, go to the Project, select Branches from the left side pane, and click on the ARCHIVED tab. Select your archived Branch from the list and then go to the COLLECTIONS tab. Your Collection should be listed.

How to present a Collection

Once you’ve created a Collection, you can use presentation mode to showcase your work to your audience.

To present a Collection:

  1. Open the Abstract app (desktop or web).
  2. In the left side pane, select Master (if your Collection was created from Master) or, under Branches, select your Branch (if your Collection was created from your Branch).
  3. Select the COLLECTIONS tab.
  4. Select the Collection from the list.
  5. Select PRESENT in the upper right corner.
    • Alternatively, you can start your presentation from a specific artboard by hovering over the artboard and clicking the “play” icon.

Presentation mode launches a full screen preview of your work. Press ESC or click in the upper left corner to exit presentation mode.

How to jump between artboards while presenting

While presenting a Collection, you can move quickly between artboards by clicking the Overview grid icon in the upper left corner. Then, click the artboard you’d like to jump to.

How to leave comments on artboards while presenting

As your stakeholders give you feedback during your presentation, you can record their comments directly from presentation mode. Click the comment bubble icon in the bottom right to access the comment panel. You can also annotate specific parts of the design.

How to switch between Day and Night mode

If a dark mode would better showcase your designs, you can turn Night mode on by clicking the moon icon in the top right corner. Switch back to Day mode by clicking the sun icon.

How to use Inspect in presentations

Click the </> icon in the bottom right corner to be taken to the Inspect details. Inspect can be especially helpful if you’re presenting to engineers who may be implementing the design.

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