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Today, Sketch is more than just a Mac app. It’s a home for your entire team to design and collaborate, with a seamless experience to keep all your work — and your people — in sync. And to make sure more people can get the most from these powerful features, we’ve made some carefully-considered changes to our licensing model.
The complete Sketch experience — including real-time collaboration in the Mac app, feedback and handoff in the web app, and a shared Workspace to bring all your people and documents together — is now a subscription. Learn more about subscriptions.
As a result of the changes, licenses are becoming Mac-only licenses. With a Mac-only license you’ll get access to the Mac app only, so you can work on local documents. Licenses do not include the option to save or open files from the web app, or any collaboration features (including real-time collaboration).
This applies to any new license immediately, and to any existing licenses at their current expiration date. Existing subscriptions (formerly known as Teams subscriptions) are not affected.
What to do if you have a license
It’s important to remember that nothing happens to your license until its current expiration date. We’ll send a reminder email to the license owner 30 days before.
When your license expires, you have a few options:
- Switch to a subscription — For the full Sketch experience, including real-time collaboration in the Mac app, feedback and handoff in the web app, and a shared Workspace to bring all your people and documents together, you can switch to a subscription. Find out more.
- Renew your license — On renewal, your license will become Mac-only. You’ll get another year of updates to the Mac app, but you won’t get any collaboration features or access to the web app.
- Continue without renewing — You can keep using the Mac app, but you won’t get any further updates, and you won’t be able to open and save Workspace documents and libraries or use collaboration features such as real-time collaboration.
To find out more about the status of your license, check your license at the top of the page.
How to keep using all of Sketch’s features
If you want to get the complete Sketch experience, including a powerful Mac app for editing and browser-based tools for sharing, feedback and more — it’s easy to switch to a subscription. If you have documents or Libraries in an existing personal Workspace, we’ll move those over for you automatically.
You can exchange an active license for credit when you switch to a subscription (or even if you’ve already set one up). We’ll give you $9 per device for each month left on your license, so your credit might even go further when you switch.
Why is this change happening?
The design landscape has changed a lot in the last few years, and Sketch has changed along with it. We’ve improved our web app with the web Inspector, asset exports and comment threading. We’ve made the experience of sharing and getting feedback on designs quicker and easier. And with real-time collaboration you can work alongside others, right in the Mac app.
We designed all these features to work together as part of a seamless design platform. And because licenses lack a centralized location for everyone you work with to store and organize documents, license users have always had a watered-down experience.
However, we know that many love our ‘buy once, use forever’ licensing model for the Mac app. So we’re keeping it around, and separating the two options — so each supports a different way to use Sketch:
- Subscription — For the complete Sketch experience, including the Mac app, the web app, and all our collaboration features (with many more to come). You can sign up alone, or as part of a team.
- License — If you simply want a Mac app, and don’t need the web app and other collaboration features, then you can choose a Mac-only license.
What if I have a Mac-only license but I’m also in a Workspace?
As long as you have a Mac-only license, you can always create and edit documents in the Mac app, and save them locally.
If you’re also a member of a Workspace as an Editor, you’ll automatically get full access to the Mac app, with all collaboration features. In this case, you don’t need a Mac-only license.
If you’re a member of a Workspace as a Viewer, you can can only view, comment on and inspect documents in that Workspace using the web app. You cannot open or save documents in those Workspaces using the Mac app.
I have more questions. What should I do?
If you want to know more about licenses, get in touch — we’d be happy to help.