Figma is like Sketch in the browser with real-time collaboration.
With the limited time I had with it, I can already say with confidence that it’s far more polished and production-ready than in my first experience with Adobe XD . It also has three invaluable features that set it apart: real-time collaboration, vector networks and version history. It can handle dozens of designers working on the same document, at the same time without breaking a sweat. Last but not least, this tool is really fast, easily handling 20+ Artboards in a single document.
People will inevitably compare Figma to Sketch , so as a long-time user of Sketch, I’d like to share my experience, following a tradition that I started 3 years ago .
Browser VS Native
I was skeptical at first because Figma is a browser-based user interface design tool, but now I’m convinced that there is a future in this area. Everything is extremely responsive, works as expected and the software is almost every bit as powerful as its native counterpart Sketch, minus features like Symbols, Overrides and Plugins. Every document and version exist on their server, making the task of iterating effortless and worry-free. You can still save your document as .fig to make it downloadable. Like this, you can share your Figma files with others.