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Version Control

February 6, 2019 at 9:01pm
Hi!
My journey have been Sketch -> Figma -> Sketch. Whereas Figma was a great discovery and I love how streamlined is the component management, there are 3 major reasons for the move back to Sketch:
  • Open-source plugin environment (we build internal plugins in Product Design team)
  • Team being used to Sketch
  • Version Control (Abstract)
My question is: how do you guys control version in Design teams using Figma? Is there any Abstract equivalent for Figma?
Thanks!

February 6, 2019 at 10:17pm
Hey this is a great question.
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I've noticed that teams are managing versioning in Figma in a few different ways. We do have built in version history and the ability to create checkpoints in Figma, but we agree this system could be a bit more robust, and it's something we're actively thinking about. :)
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And then as far as plugins go, this is soemthing we're actively working on solving. We want to make sure we get this right though so stay tuned on this.
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I don't really miss the sketch plugins I used to use in sketch, paddy was cool but only if everyone had it and anima got unreliable between users, that's the problem with plugins installation comparability between local installations. Figma allows me to use files across platforms so much more reliably. i would like to see their design data features using simple text files. Those are genius.
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February 7, 2019 at 7:29am
I've noticed that teams are managing versioning in Figma in a few different ways. We do have built in version history and the ability to create checkpoints in Figma, but we agree this system could be a bit more robust, and it's something we're actively thinking about. :)
Thanks , that would be a major upgrade for the tool and a factor to, potentially, move myself back to Figma. Perhaps if you do an open-source plugin environment Abstract could be used also in Figma and you hit two targets with one shot :D
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I don't really miss the sketch plugins I used to use in sketch, paddy was cool but only if everyone had it and anima got unreliable between users, that's the problem with plugins installation comparability between local installations. Figma allows me to use files across platforms so much more reliably. i would like to see their design data features using simple text files. Those are genius.
Didn't mean any plugin specifically but the concept in general. Is true that I didn't really miss any (althought some makes life much easier) but having the possibility to create your own plugin is powerful. I created a plugin to pull real data from our company's endpoints and we can now easily fill our designs with real movie covers or movie snapshots with two clicks. That is something couldn't be reproduced in Figma nowadays.
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Figma are actively developing their API
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Need an older version of what we worked on together, at the same time? Just open the auto saved versions, ah there it is, found it. Copy the pieces you need from the old version and keep going
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Honestly, I was tasked with trying to get uptake of Abstract so other designers would follow a git like process for version control. This....was just very cumbersome to explain to other designers, let alone get everyone to adhere to the process smoothly in an agile environment.
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With Figma, all I have to do to explain is, "It's like Google docs."
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I'm thrilled that Abstract exists, I wanna try that workflow again with Sketch. That said, never hitting Command+S anymore is just too amazing. As far as version control pain points with Figma: things are moving around live. This can cause some, "Wait....where did that go? That was just here..." That said, this hasnt been a major problem on agile teams for me. Tight communication, I can so quickly send them a link to what theyre looking for, it's just fast. Period.
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Honestly, I was tasked with trying to get uptake of Abstract so other designers would follow a git like process for version control. This....was just very cumbersome to explain to other designers, let alone get everyone to adhere to the process smoothly in an agile environment.
I had the same problems with Abstract and Plant - lack of grocking it from design team. I have lost hours in Sketch with work lost when it has a memory panic and dies when you forgot to save. I think I lost 5 minutes in figma in a year.
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I miss Pixelapse! Do you guys remember that one? It was git for design files. It's a shame they shut down the project.
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