Our team switched from Sketch to Figma in January and there hasn't been a single day where we've missed Sketch. Figma is in another class.
Pretty much sums up my experience as well.
The best feature is real-time collaboration. Built-in Zeplin and Invision Prototyping is something Sketch users need to experience before knocking on Figma.
That's exactly how we've felt as well. I can't believe the blazing pace of new features too....
Care to elaborate? I'm liking what I've tried thus far, but would be interesting to hear how a team gets up to speed switiching from Sketch.
If Figma offered a true offline mode then I'd switch in a heart beat. I don't want to rely on Wifi or if the network admins accidentally block the ports to be able to work.
Huge data bills? ;)
I’ve got 100gb per month on my phone plan. Data rolls over if not used. For about 50 US$
EDIT: This is in Sweden, I guess other countries might have a smaller data cap.
Oof, yeah! I was going to ask: how the heck are you paying so little for that much data? That's a killer deal.
Not sure where you are but in the us you can get unlimited data with personal hotspot on T-Mobile for two lines for $99 flat. I regularly burn 12 gb mobile data without being slowed down.
Some work environments don't offer laptops.
we have watched as our competitors added extension models which granted developers freedom at the expense of quality, robustness, and predictability.
Throwin' a little shade. I like it.
I've been giving Figma another shot in production work recently and the speed at which they are developing new features is refreshing.
It's an easy shot. And it fails to make me choose Figma.
There are enough good quality extensions that speed up my workflow more than they slow down Sketch.
No extensions is one of the main reasons I'm not switching to Figma. I would miss the plugins and it would make my workflow harder.
I must admit, every Thursday I'd check on the release notes from Figma. The speed in which new features are added is crazy. The team there know speed is important to make the platform dominant in the coming years.
I just got my email from Sketch saying my yearly license was up and would I like to renew.
With this news from Figma I might not renew...
Well, the good thing with Sketch is you can still use the latest version you paid for and it runs locally.
Figma looks great and I really admire the engineering skills behind it - but I feel uneasy not being able to properly work offline, i.e. having a proper desktop app with local files (not just the electron app connecting to your online repository).
If Figma would be able to do both then I'd seriously consider it.
Agreed, although I honestly can't think of the last time I didn't have a web connection other than TWC/Spectrum going down now and then for a few hours.
I'm sure most of the time it will be OK, but there will be one moment where you need to deliver something urgently, but then suddenly Figma's cloud provider or their servers are down or whatever and you're stuck.
With a desktop app and offline capability this couldn't happen and you have peace of mind.
What about working on airplanes? Trains? etc.
Not relevant to me since I enjoy relaxing during travel but I can see how that would be an issue for some people. Still if you open the document before losing connection you can keep working on it and just resync when you reconnect.
Finally! Definitely going to help me switch to Figma. Waiting for these 4 sketch plugins to arrive on figma:
- find & replace
- rename it
Congrats on this launch!
"Anima Auto Layout" and "Paddy". Man, those two things need to be baked into Sketch/Figma real soon.
The real issue isn't waiting for those plugins to be converted to Figma features.
The point is that no one can add features to Figma except them. Sketch has innovated a lot through the years, even to compete with some of the plugins. I would miss the innovation.
Yeah, I had a call with them regarding their api like 6 months ago. We wanted to build tools on top of Figma for the actual creation of design, but they were more interested in integrations to third party software. We were wanting to build something like Craft, but they wanted things like export to Dropbox, etc..
Just curious because I haven't actually used those plugins but what specifically makes those plugins so valuable? From what I've read I'm pretty confident that most of what they do can be done natively in Figma using constraints and smartly using components but perhaps I'm missing something.
For example, with Paddy you can set the paddings of a button so when the label text changes the background would automatically updates its size, just like real CSS would. You can also set a persistent spacing between elements in a group so they are always say 8px apart. The combination of these two features makes for an extremely efficient workflow where you'll never have to nudge a single pixel every time you change the content. This is so powerful that it should really be built into one of these design tools.
How does paddy behave when it comes to exporting files to Zeplin? My only concern is there'd be weird sublayers that throw developers off when redlining.
Works just fine with Zeplin and other redlining tools. There's no need to have weird sublayers, since everything is done on the layer name. For things that don't have a colored background, I sometimes just add a background rectangle layer with no fill. This actually helps redlining because it shows the actual 'div' box around the element instead of what's only visible to the eye.
Damn, if you didn't name my four most-frequently used plugins! Would love to see Figma add these plugins/features to help persuade me to make the switch…