1. Describe the problem your experiencing and how your idea helps solve this
I can open 1 plugin at time, the plugins are located only in plugin section. I don’t have any possibility to add plugin to UI (exp. sidebar). Also plugin windows can be opened only in Figma webview window.
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example of sidebar for plugins
Yes please, this is an essential part of the workflow that make me think about going back to Xd - personalizing the toolkit UI. There are many features that are missing in Figma that are masterfully fixed by the plugin community. Please do fix this <3
I feel like plugin windows are often placed in the middle of the screen and I don’t really know what to do with them and they get in the way of my work. I feel the need to have to move them to another screen to work together with them.
If this is not possible, it occurs to me that it is created as a section sharing with Layers / Assets / Plugins.
yeah, exactly. I was working long time in sketch & figma loses greatly in this.
If they would catch up with that it would greatly increase figma user exeprience, probably more people would move to figma.
There is big plugin community in figma but it lack proper user experience.
Run commands is great, but sometime I just forgot name of the plugin & then I need to find it in a list and I lose time.
If you could add managing of plugins UI, I would always have plugins that I’m interest in open & didn’t need to lose time for searching for them. But also this is problem of plugins in figma, that you can only have 1 open.
Agreed, I think plugins need to work like they do in most applications I’ve used plugins/extensions in. Whether that’s MS Word, Visual Studio Code, Photoshop, Even slack to an extent, they should just be a bit more integrated into the workflow.
Half the problem for me is that a lot of plugins have functionality I feel Figma should ideally support out of the box. (E.g. some of the component management stuff like Instance Utils). And I think there are other issues associated with that…
But putting aside my thoughts on plug-ins carrying the weight where I’d love to see a native solution . It’d be great if plugin developers at least had the capability to fit them into the UI. I wonder if it could be made a bit more modular like Photoshop, where you can move panels around, expand/collapse them etc. Would be a big change and I imagine it would need a lot of validation. But that way if there’s certain plugins I use a lot I can give them a permanent place in my UI without having to think of it as going into “plugin mode”
Moving over from Sketch to Figma over the last year I am frustrated by the clunky Figma UI. Sketch does plugin and symbol (component) management so much better. Being able to drag your symbol panel onto another screen, and have multiple plugin windows open and on another screen is so much better useability. Constantly having to open and close plugins in Figma is a time waster. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things Figma does better than Sketch which makes me reluctant to go back full time to Sketch but an overhaul in this respect is overdue!
Here to support the idea! I’m a developer-designer - have spent many years in something like VSCode, and they have made available an entire API for plugin developers to basically customise the UI as they wish. That means that plugins can very deeply integrate into the UI in ways which suit the plugin purpose best.
I suppose Figma doesn’t have to be as extensive as VSCode, but at least to be able to build a panel into the sidebars should be considered.
Not to mention when using plugins like Motion, they take up so much of the view space. Nearly impossible without having a widescreen monitor, would be nice to move that plugin window outside of the desktop app.
Figma workflow is getting messy as it gets bigger, I really like to open plugins outside the Figma app ratio like in photoshop. We can drag tools outside photoshop. for example in a second monitor.
Figma Plugins take too much space in our workflow
I hope Figma expands its regions as I really struggle with space in one monitor