Why You Need to Know About Sketch’s New File Format

 
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Hello! I'm Daniel, and I'm the new Design Channel Co-Editor with Alex. You may already know me as I've been regularly contributing to SitePoint over the last 3 years - I can't wait for you to see what we have in store for you for the rest of 2017. I'd like to start with some exciting news about Sketch!

Just over a week ago, Sketch released version 43 of their app, which introduced a significant change to their .sketch file format. In short, the file format is a little more human-readable now, but more importantly, web browsers can "read" these .sketch files too.

It had me thinking, how could we use .sketch files on the web? Perhaps there's an easier way to hand off designs to developers? Could GitHub now offer support to .sketch files, allowing for version-control of .sketch files? What about templating, could we soon be able to convert .sketch files to code?

In my Sketch 43 overview article , I'll let you in on the secret of how we can manually convert .sketch files into a decompressive .zip with readable code files. This'll give you a rough idea of how web browsers will be able to interpret .sketch files, then we'll chat about the possibilities in more detail.

Daniel Schwarz,
Design Co-Editor