I certainly prefer the number of emails Sketch sends me over Figma.
Zero vs one a day?
Those damn Figma emails are so annoying.
Other vector drawing tools can implement vector networks right?
Yes. I like Figma. I think it has some great features and the engineering on the project is top notch. Designers should definitely check it out.
However, I do not like that they’ve tried to convince the world that they invented vector networks. They didn’t.
Here is a video of the same feature in SketchUp (that’s SketchUp, the 3D app, not to be confused with Sketch). I’m not sure when SketchUp implemented the feature, but it was definitely prior to Figma.
Exactly. When I was fiddling around with Google Sketch up , 5 years back, vector networks they had was the best way to create and visualise 3D objects. Its hands down one of the best way to learn and create shapes in general. I always wished why Sketch didn't have that.
I think part of the reason why is parity with PostScript, SVG, Core Graphics, etc. Vector networks are novel, but it’s important to understand that they don’t match how most vector formats work, and can be inefficient when saved to those formats.
There’s definitely pros and cons to the approach. It’s not all upside.
Really are these not just n-gons you get in any 3D software but constrained to two dimensions?
Assuming Figma are not going to try the patent route surely this will start cropping up in more 2D software.
I agree with the sentiment of the article; I do think everyone should give Figma a try.
Unfortunately this article doesn't really seem to be an objective view of the pros and cons of using Sketch and Figma for user interface design, but rather an advertisement to try Figma based on a few of it's differentiating features.
I think it would be much more beneficial to see an article about designing the same thing in both Sketch and Figma, Or a comparison of the tools that designers use every day (pen tool, shapes, fills, pathfinder, etc..).
My country is still unreliable to use these kind of web apps because the internet here often disconnects and the speed is relatively slow. I even have to be super patient when using InVision for prototyping.
But I'm interested in knowing the future of this!
With Figma you're working locally, in the browser.
You're not, the documents are still remote even if it does cache the app locally.
Figma is great because of vector networks and constraints that Sketch lacks, but I wasn't so happy performance-wise. It made me want those features in Sketch more than switching.
Agreed on the performance. While the tool is incredibly promising, I couldn't see myself using the tool for actual production work. At the end of the day, it's a browser-based tool that doesn't have the stability of a dedicated desktop app. IMO.
If you have any slow files you are willing to share, shoot them over to email@example.com. We're always looking to optimize perf.
Thanks! I appreciate that. :)