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Why did you shut down Figma plus?

May 21, 2019 at 8:27am
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Why did you shut down Figma plus?

May 21, 2019 at 8:27am (Edited 3 years ago)
I don't understand why Figma is killing a good way to add useful features to Figma… 🤦‍♂️

May 21, 2019 at 10:00am
Most used features unavailable in Figma:
  • Find Layer with Text or Name
  • Replace layer with component
  • Paste and Replace
Hi folks,
I just wanted to add some more background to our decision around Figma Plus.
On a personal level, I think we all found the Figma Plus project inspiring. The folks who collaborated on Figma Plus are clearly some of the most talented creators out there, and it was great to see the energy they were adding to the Figma ecosystem.
The two issues of concern were around security and stability.
In order to function, Figma Plus disabled some of the security policies we have in place, especially for the Electron app. While I am 100% certain that there was no ill intent here, this is also obviously something we have to take very seriously.
The second is stability. Figma Plus extensions were built by reverse engineering our JavaScript code and calling directly into functions that were not designed to be a stable public API. This meant that every time our engineers changed the Figma code (which happens multiple times a week), there was was a chance that Figma Plus extensions (or, in a worst case scenario, Figma itself) would break.
So we talked to Jackie about these concerns, and he relayed them to the rest of the team. Together, we decided that it would be best to shut down Figma Plus and join forces.
What that means:
It probably comes as no surprise that we are taking a serious look at creating an official plugin API. We have invited Jackie and his collaborators to join an early access program and provide feedback and guidance on our approach.
You will be hearing more about this program as it develops and stabilizes.
Director of Product
Thank you for your answer and I really appreciate the transparency and where you're going. Happy to hear you're going to work together to extend Figma's possibilities.

May 22, 2019 at 8:34am
That’s a fantastic and very thorough reply, , thank you very much. I missed it from the Figma+ team. I truly hope that the synergy of both teams works wonders. Fingers crossed!
Great, it makes sense, thanks for taking into account community feedback. It'll be great to have an official Figma Plugin API.

May 24, 2019 at 4:38pm
This is an example of why free and opensource software runs the majority of the internet. Imagine if developers had to reverse engineer Apache or Nginx or Node or PHP to create modules and plugins? Fortunately there are modern, free and opensource ui/ux apps which are slowly but steadily gaining momentum, like Akira

May 25, 2019 at 12:49am
+1 Totally agree! I’ll have to investigate that tool, thank you!

May 28, 2019 at 8:13am
Such a shame, really. Most of the things Figma Plus brought should be in Figma anyway... Find text layer was indispensable... Replace with a component saved me hours.... Not sure I'm happy with Figma being that closed, community plugins are the way to go...
Do you have a release date for the writable API? It has been in development for a long time.
Perhaps that will turn out to be a good lesson and the developers actually go that way…? In fact, since Figma runs using JavaScript, maybe that won’t be that hard. The Figma Plus team has been invited to collaborate so I don’t think all this work will be wasted. Let’s see. 😀

May 28, 2019 at 3:39pm
Frankly, I don't really care. Both sides should have handled it more professionally.
I'm an extremely busy end user and I'd rather NOT be blinded when I work late... Figma Plus' dark mode was an actual saviour as I prefer working evening... now I feel like winter is here again...
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