Sketch + LayerVault Bundle

LayerVault + Sketch

If you’re a fan of Bohemian Coding’s Sketch, life is good. Not only is the app regularly updated with meaningful feature improvements and additions, but there’s a steady stream of good news surrounding it, and seemingly all year round, too. The latest, announced today, is that LayerVault is offering a Sketch license for free to customers who purchase a one-year plan. So if you’re a Photoshop user who needs the designer-optimized version control features of LayerVault, you can essentially try Sketch at no cost.

It was just this past February that LayerVault first added native support for Sketch files to its service, so it’s notable that the company has gone as far as offering the app itself to virtually all of its customers. LayerVault has unique insight into the kinds of tools that designers are using, and so the growth numbers they saw from Sketch files must have been impressive.

The continued success of both of these products is highly encouraging, especially when you consider how nimble Adobe has been in the past year. These two trends taken together—a burgeoning market for indie designer tools and continued innovation from the market leader—suggest that we’re in a new era for creative tools. I don’t see anything on the horizon that might arrest the momentum, either; it’s entirely possible that the best is yet to come.