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Sketch 4.0 Feature Wish List

over 4 years ago from , Señor Designer

I'm sure there's already work being done on a whole new Sketch version 4.0, but I'd thought I'd ask everyone what features they're most looking forward to seeing. Or, what features you wish were fixed, etc.

I'll start:

I would love to see a dark theme for the UI. Something like Pixelmator would be amazing.

101 comments

  • Jason CsizmadiJason Csizmadi, over 4 years ago

    I don't understand why everyone is focusing on a darker UI. That is very low on my wish list.

    1. Variable Symbols -- Don't treat symbols like folders. Symbols should feel more like smart objects. Editing symbols should be an explicate interaction.
    2. Variable shape & type styles
    3. Better interface to manage and view styles and symbols
    4. Better typography tools
    5. Master Pages
    54 points
    • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, over 4 years ago

      +1 to master pages.

      8 points
      • louie solomonlouie solomon, over 4 years ago

        You can basically emulate master pages using Symbols in Sketch.

        Create the template you'd like to use as a master page on an artboard. Then group all of the objects, and turn the group into a symbol. Then lock the layer.

        You can do this for as many master pages as you need. If you want to switch an artboard to a different master page, then select the symbol, and choose a different symbol from the symbols dropdown.

        2 points
        • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, over 4 years ago

          That's a good call. You'd end up having a different "master page" depending on the height of the page because of how symbols work right?

          At this point I turn the header and footer into symbols and drop them in where they're needed. The more I've pondered this the more I think variable symbols would be 100% more functional than any sort of master page.

          1 point
    • Tony Gines, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      +1 for variable symbols.

      6 points
    • Brian MirelesBrian Mireles, over 4 years ago

      +1000 for Variable symbols. Those folders drive me crazy!

      5 points
    • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      +1 for variable symbols. You should be able to define a UI styleguide – objects that can be re-used, and show various states.

      I want to take this concept beyond smart object-like functionality.

      I find myself with 12+ variations of the same thing (field with checkbox, field with more info indicator, field with two lines of text etc). I want to define them once, and reuse in my app layouts.

      Likewise, if I need to make a change, all of the states would update, and all of the instances of the master symbol will update.

      Think of React.js components, but for design.

      7 points
    • Aaron SagrayAaron Sagray, over 4 years ago

      I'd also add to this list: naming colors, instead of just swatches. and said list of colors being available in the gradient editor as well.

      5 points
    • Sri KadimisettySri Kadimisetty, over 4 years ago

      I bought this up before, but Paintcode has a nice model for parametric symbols

      3 points
      • Emir BukvaEmir Bukva, over 4 years ago

        Parametric symbols look mighty useful. Antetype implements this via overrides (conceptually the same as paragraph styles in InDesign for example).

        2 points
    • Sarah LiSarah Li, over 4 years ago

      Yes yes yes better typography tools

      5 points
    • Matt MitchellMatt Mitchell, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      I would also put dark theme on the bottom of my list. I absolutely love the direction Sketch is moving in and don't want this to sound to harsh but…

      Some things I would like to see:

      1. Locking symbols so that accidentally deleting the wrong layer wouldn't destroy the rest of the document.

      2. Locking the text styles so the same thing wouldn't happen to them.

      3. Better resizing

      4. Better rotating (ability to "flatten" the rotation")

      5. Better memory management (so many times just closing and opening Sketch will take the CPU from 110% back down to a normal value)

      6. States for symbols (hover, active, etc.)

      6 points
      • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, over 4 years ago

        On point 2. What I'd like is for text styles to behave like in keynote; if I change the style of one particular text item this will only update all other text items with that style attached, when I choose to do so.

        1 point
    • Matt MitchellMatt Mitchell, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

      But I love Sketch.

      0 points
    • Jeff FrazierJeff Frazier, over 4 years ago

      "I don't understand why everyone is focusing on a darker UI."

      Darker User Interface is easier on the eyes when designing for long periods of time. We were asked simply to list what we wished for in Sketch 4.0, not to try and understand why people wished for these things and surely not to lessen the importance of other people's choices or requests.

      5 points
    • Christopher DavisChristopher Davis, over 4 years ago

      +1 to master pages.

      0 points
  • Dana (dmxt)Dana (dmxt), over 4 years ago

    Windows version.

    19 points
  • Damián HernándezDamián Hernández, over 4 years ago

    Dark interface.

    15 points
  • Suganth SSuganth S, over 4 years ago

    history panel

    Undo is sometimes really annoying. Thats only time i see a loader in my rMBP. History panel like photoshop will really help

    15 points
  • Ben RamseyBen Ramsey, over 4 years ago

    Nested symbols

    12 points
  • Kris KimKris Kim, over 4 years ago

    I just want better performance, really. Kinda surprised that no one is talking about undo. Among other performance issues, it's really a huge pain point for me.

    11 points
    • Mitch WarrenMitch Warren, over 4 years ago

      Agreed! Undo is really buggy and unreliable.

      0 points
    • Majo YbanezMajo Ybanez, over 4 years ago

      +1 My Sketch keeps crashing every time I work on a large project with a lots of pages. And also when opening a large .eps vector file (Or sketch didn't support that one?).

      0 points
  • Brian MirelesBrian Mireles, over 4 years ago

    Swatches of Custom Color books. That would make my life so much better.

    11 points
  • Sindhu Amugothu, over 4 years ago

    I would love a team Sketch page where we can build a pattern library and share our work with each other.

    10 points
    • Megan VoMegan Vo, over 4 years ago

      I currently do that now by sharing a UI Kit file on Google Drive.

      3 points
    • Poyi ChenPoyi Chen, over 4 years ago

      maybe a global symbol library.

      6 points
    • Trevor McNaughtonTrevor McNaughton, over 4 years ago

      This could probably be accomplished with templates. Create your pattern library as a set of symbols, text, shared styles then save as template. One (probably minor) inconvenience is that you'd always have to start a new project with that template instead of just cmd+n.

      0 points
  • louie solomonlouie solomon, over 4 years ago
    • Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Less buggy vector drawing tools (vectorize stroke is rough)
    • Better open shape tools (connecting two open shapes)
    • Offset paths
    • More advanced type tools
    8 points
  • Craig DennisCraig Dennis, over 4 years ago

    One thing I miss a lot from Illustrator is the ability to press a and get a direct selection tool which I can then drag over an object and select certain points.

    Sketch does have a tool but it only work on a single layer, not within groups and you can't assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

    7 points
  • Marcus H, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Text with no line height so I can measure distances quicker. I know I can achieve this by converting text to outlines but then I lose the ability to edit the text.

    6 points
  • Gabe WillGabe Will, over 4 years ago

    I just want a button to toggle all caps / small caps on and off.

    6 points
  • Todd FTodd F, over 4 years ago

    How about a sensible approach to pasting something?

    5 points
    • louie solomonlouie solomon, over 4 years ago

      There are definitely some pasting issues, but this has gotten so much better in recent updates.

      Pasting from one artboard to another seems to be close to perfect now. It's when you are pasting from one document to another, or from outside of Sketch that there is issues.

      0 points
  • Guy MeyerGuy Meyer, over 4 years ago

    Something similar to layer comps from Photoshop! Which in Sketch terms Id like to refer to as "riffs"

    Right now, if I want to make a one-off of an image or a button I feel like I need to duplicate the whole art board because I can't export a JPG with the new "one-off" image.

    So it would be great if symbols and artboards could have different states and the export option allowed you to choose which states are exported.

    5 points
  • Ann FooAnn Foo, over 4 years ago

    History panel.

    No more cmd+z and cmd+shift+z

    4 points
  • Micah SivitzMicah Sivitz, over 4 years ago

    In my opinion they shouldn't go to v4.0 until they fix the text editing. Still so buggy.

    4 points
  • Kevin ChisakiKevin Chisaki, over 4 years ago

    After Effects integration

    4 points
    • AJ MAJ M, over 4 years ago

      Ha. Good luck with that one. I don't even know how many sketch files I've manually converted to PSD/AI for use with AE. :(

      0 points
  • Munaf Assaf, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    New features:

    • Variables, usable anywhere in the inspector
    • Advanced relative positioning and sizing
    • Color swatches/profiles
    • Inline text in shapes (which should include padding)

    Annoyances:

    • A better "New from template" UI (opening another window is inconvenient)
    • Scrollbars please :-)
    3 points
  • Andrea MontiniAndrea Montini, over 4 years ago

    Definitely looking for real better performances. This should affect zooming, CPU's usage, loading & undo speed. That's all I hope for at this moment, before they move onto a new version.

    3 points
  • Sean O'GradySean O'Grady, over 4 years ago

    Global Variables would be nice. Better UX for creating & using text & layer styles

    3 points
  • Felipe DutraFelipe Dutra, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    • I wish a better performance. Update after update my sketch still use a lot of memory.

    • Increase it's user interface customization.

    3 points
  • Mitch WarrenMitch Warren, over 4 years ago

    Trello board!

    I would love to see a Trello board somewhere so we could actually vote on these features or more importantly: bugs.

    I find text editing to be the most buggy which is such a shame when everything is becoming so typography driven.

    Trying to colour individual words or letters in a text field sentence for example, is way too unreliable. It causes what ever colour you have to fade out in increments (?) and most of the time it glitches and removes any individual styling the next time you load the document.

    Selecting text in general is pretty glitchy. It just doesn't feel right compared to other tools.

    2 points
  • Jimmy HookerJimmy Hooker, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    -Better boolean operations (combining paths/shapes). I run into bugs here a lot.

    -Better symbols, which others have mentioned should be more like smart objects. I should be able to nest and do all sorts of crazy shit with these. They could be so powerful.

    Other than those two things, I am really very happy with Sketch. But those two things are probably very difficult and time consuming software engineering issues.

    2 points
  • Paul BrophyPaul Brophy, over 4 years ago

    I love Sketch. It's the go to tool for my web projects. But there are still a few glaringly obvious issues that need sorting out.

    For me these are ;

    The memory usage. Using Sketch really takes a large chunk of memory, especially when using large images.

    The line-height issue. This has affected me on several occasions. It can be almost impossible to use a baseline grid.

    File sizes. I may have missed something here but exported file sizes seem to be huge compared to exporting in Photoshop.

    2 points
  • Philip LesterPhilip Lester, over 4 years ago

    Fix the font/line-height bugs and I'll be happy.

    2 points
  • Uttam PaswanUttam Paswan, over 4 years ago

    Nobody asking to resolve line-height issue? :/

    2 points
  • Oliver WeberOliver Weber, over 4 years ago

    Better zooming. That's all I want.

    2 points
  • Jeff FrazierJeff Frazier, over 4 years ago

    1) A Dark User Interface Option (Staring at white & light gray all day is hard on the eyes!) 2) Variable Symbols, more like Smart Objects, not folders 3) Ability to Lock Symbols 4) Better Text handling and Styles 5) Ability to Lock Text Styles 6) Master Pages

    1 point
  • Art RiduetArt Riduet, over 4 years ago

    Dynamic dimensions for symbols. So if for exemple, i create a button symbol, i would like it to change width relative to the text inside it.

    1 point
  • Julien Pelletier, over 4 years ago

    I wish they'll buy Layervault and create a version control with a conflict resolution system. Might be really powerful to use Sketch in a collaborative way.

    1 point
  • Matthew HoelterMatthew Hoelter, over 4 years ago

    Having a toggable spell-checker would be swell

    1 point
  • Sarper Erel, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )
    1. Better "Opener"
    2. Optimized performance for .sketch files. (not sure if this is on Apple or BC guys, tho.)
    3. Version control
    1 point
    • Abinash MohantyAbinash Mohanty, over 3 years ago

      Yes, I totally agree with Version Control, and for now we're using Dropbox to maintain version history. But the problem is especially when 4 designers work on a particular file simultaneously. This can definitely help for collaboration.

      0 points
  • Afnizar Nur Ghifari, over 4 years ago
    1. Support on Windows
    1 point
  • Kyle MitchellKyle Mitchell, over 4 years ago

    I'd love an isolation mode so I can work on an object without messing with others.

    1 point
  • Mikołaj Dobrucki, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Definitely better zooming!

    Plus possibility to convert a rectangle with rounded corners to a regular shape, so corners' radius would change proportionally while scaling it later (or I'm too dumb to find out how to do this in the current version…)

    1 point
  • David MolanphyDavid Molanphy, over 4 years ago

    Focus more on collaborative workflow: • Imported images auto-update when changed (i.e. linked images) • Ability to move pages between documents • Better color palette management (ability to import ASE files?) • Version control

    Other nice-to-haves: • Option to resize symbols w/out affecting all instances • Inline character styles • Confirm before updating all text styles • Mask layer only affects one layer above it by default • Ability to change text to title/sentence case

    UX considerations: • Don't move + button when clicking on Export • Color palette could use a little love

    1 point
  • Mike AbbotMike Abbot, 3 years ago

    I know this is an old thread but having the ability to rotate things in 3d space would be awesome. There are some plugins for that but having them native would be amazing. And yeah +1 for darker UI, my eyes would be grateful.

    0 points
  • Nandu TangellaNandu Tangella, over 4 years ago

    Ability to add hotspots like InVision, Marval, Pixate, or Flinto... or like Keynote...

    0 points
  • Gergely SzaboGergely Szabo, over 4 years ago

    I'd love to see some basic animation support. Something like InvisionApp has. Plus some nice and easy presentation forms, eg. HQ animgifs?

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 4 years ago

    Support for relative sizing. You can already set shape's size to x% of the container, but I'd like to be able to make that value stay, so then I can change the size of container (or artboard) and see all the elements resize with it.

    0 points
  • Matthew R. MillerMatthew R. Miller, over 4 years ago

    Individually control the radius of each corner of a shape.

    0 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 4 years ago

    I want to be able to define text variables that I can later change and have that change reflected everywhere in the document. Basically text symbols without any style/appearance properties.

    The use case here is if I'm doing a mockup for a location, I want to be able to do:

    locationName: "Lou's Oyster Bar" locationAddress: "44 Main Street"

    etc...

    0 points
  • AJ MAJ M, over 4 years ago

    Does anyone use sketch with a Wacom tablet here? It's positively buggy. Please PLEASE someone at Bohemian Coding get a Wacom tablet and use your own product for a few days.

    Selecting text moves the layer a pixel or two in a random direction about 20% of the time. When I want to pan around the canvas, I'll hold down the space bar and have to wait a good second before grabbing the canvas to move around, otherwise I'll grab some random layer and shoot it across the room. Ugh.

    0 points
  • Konstantin StiheKonstantin Stihe, over 4 years ago

    – Undo function, but with opportunity to Undo only selected object states, or objects, or artboards ;) – Nested symbols. With inherited properties, like “Based on...” in the InDesign. But may be based on a different principles, like a groups and default/empty/not_overlapping states. – Changing color in the color swatch must change objects color. Swatch must be attached to object.

    0 points
  • Aaron TraubAaron Traub, over 4 years ago

    Shared layers Master Pages Better symbols Fix zooming with the scroll wheel Stability

    0 points
  • Josiah DJosiah D, over 4 years ago

    Maybe I'm just attacking type styles for responsive designs incorrectly, but I always end up throwing in the towel after trying for a solid start. Maybe some way to link type styles to certain art board sizes?

    +1 for linked images.

    The ability to force only full pixels for measurements (unless I've overlooked that feature)

    Smart guides could use some love. I keep having elements snap off the art boards for no apparent reason.

    Big fan of Sketch though. If I had a good alternative to InDesign maybe I could wave goodbye to Adobe.

    0 points
  • Oz ChenOz Chen, over 4 years ago

    Feature in Axure that I absolutely love: selection modes.

    The default mode: touch any point on an object, object will be selected

    Axure's contained mode: user has to make the drag surface area encompassing an entire object in order for the object to be selected.

    ^ this becomes ridiculously useful for making quick and accurate solutions, especially with tons of elements and groups on the screen

    0 points
    • James Caruso, over 4 years ago

      I mapped Axure's alignment shortcuts (distribute doesn't work) to Sketch and it's pretty great. I also think Axure's model of dynamic panels and states would be a solid approach to Sketch's symbol issues. And yes, those selection modes kick-ass.

      1 point
  • Tsutomu KawamuraTsutomu Kawamura, over 4 years ago
    • sketchtool improvement
    • JavaScript API for better integration to the automation workflow

    Then I'll be happy and update my gulp-sketch, too.

    0 points
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 4 years ago

    easter eggs

    0 points
  • Freckley FrecklesonFreckley Freckleson, over 4 years ago
    1. Transformation points for when resizing objects
    2. Direct Selection tool (as well as the Selection tool) so you can drag to select a group of anchor points and move items within a group at top level
    3. Ability to resize one instance of a symbol without affecting the size of the other instances. Recolouring would be nice too.
    4. Tabs for multiple projects
    5. Eyedropper for font styles
    6. Universal symbols
    7. Distribute objects within specified distance of each other
    8. Align to key object

    All of the above, illustrator does.

    0 points
  • Samuel AlonsoSamuel Alonso, over 4 years ago

    [off topic] Mirror for Android

    0 points
  • Ian LeightonIan Leighton, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )

    Interaction/animation prototyping. …No?

    Ok a simpler one: how about just make text layers align properly. Snap to the baseline, and all text size and leading changes happen from that reference point.

    Text bounding boxes are so useless.

    0 points
  • Nate DaubertNate Daubert, over 4 years ago

    Better Vector Editing is at the top of my list:

    • hard deleting of points on shape to convert to a path. (draw a square, delete one corner, would be great if instead of turning into a triangle, it turned into an arrow.)

    • better 'flattening' of paths. (I want a crescent moon icon. I draw two overlapping circles, use the difference operation flatten and would like to delete shapes from there. Instead it's an odd vector that's difficult to edit)

    0 points
  • Jaime AscanioJaime Ascanio, over 4 years ago (edited over 4 years ago )
    • Export template: being able to select a for example an android or iOS template with the values predefined
    • Better text line heigh box sizing
    0 points
  • David AlandíDavid Alandí, over 4 years ago

    android friendly (mirror, assets naming)

    0 points
  • ekim oksusekim oksus, almost 4 years ago

    These are very important to me: - undocking the pages and the layers palette - they are after all completely different things. also, more screen space (fireworks does this) - undocking the inspector as well - dont dissappear selection borders - if something is an active selection, then it should always have the visual indication that it's a selection - support for text wrapping an image (html does this) - better list support: currently it's very basic - a stepper for text sizes: so they can be edited like any other size/number - the ability to quantize/lock everything to 1px steps. I know that screen sizes vary, but mostly, in html, you don't position items to hundredths of a pixel. - quantize type as well (optionally) - ability to select an object behind an object (like in Fireworks)

    0 points
  • Abinash MohantyAbinash Mohanty, over 3 years ago

    Please fix the real time Spell Check option as it doesn't work.

    0 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 4 years ago

    I would love to see a proper UI. Using the default OS look for a design application is a bit ironic.

    0 points