Dev Mode licensing needs a review

Such a good breakdown. Figma is making it impossible to justify using Figma. I don’t want to use XD and I don’t want to use Sketch and Zeplin—I want to use Figma with working and usable and logically priced dev seats. Figma is the only one stopping that from being the reality

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Has anyone figured out what this means for consultants? For example, my team does UXUI design but our clients (or a third party) do the development. I have asked them to look into the “Inspect” and “Export” tabs to see if it’s enough but I’m worried they’ll come back asking for more. I can’t afford to pay for their licenses out of my own budget, and it seems equally odd to require our client/ dev teams to pay for licenses for software we chose to use. Am I missing something?

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Jup makes no sense at all, afaik there’s no different feature set in Dev mode between those plans.

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Please simply think about the points below, Figma team,

  1. Some basic maths is wrong to charge on inspecting. No company can agree with at least a double cost of design tool just becuz of fxxking basic inspecting
  2. Designers need to paid all the bills and buy some seats, if Developers are not in the same company. Just imagine the case of consultants and freelancer and you will know.
  3. Figma ignore the billing experience but just beta for user experience. This a such a joke for the biggest design tool company
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new policy looks like scam

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Developer here, I just bought my own “seat” as I thought that would grant me access to Dev Mode on a file created by a freelance designer… nope.

I can’t push that cost to our designer. Figma, what are you doing?! Guess I’ll cancel my subscription and ask our designer to consider different tools.

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It’s fine if DEV mode is an editor feature for those who want to connect to Github or their IDE, but please Figma bring back the “Code” inspect as a free option if only for the colors! Forcing orgs to pay full price for devs is OUTRAGEOUS!

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My main issue with the new way to access Dev Mode is that I use a third party dev team. I ABSOLUTELY do not want them to have access to modify the pages that I have designed. This is a HUGE over site and I can’t believe that Figma did not think about businesses that use outside contractors. At the very least we should be able to restrict editing access to files for people with Dev Mode access.

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When you share a file, there is an option to choose a DevMode link – I’m not sure though, if it actually restricts other paid users from modifying the file or only defaults to DevMode upon opening.

Maybe before the pricing change over, but there is no ‘Dev Mode’ option now when sharing a file that I can see anymore. I would love to have that feature, but I also agree with other users that if someone is Dev Mode only, why should I have to pay for a full seat? At this point I’ll take what I can get to restrict access again, but charging for a full seat just seams like a money grab that has caused this whole permissions issue in the first place. They are trying to justify the price by saying,“But look! you’re getting editing permissions too! That justifies full price!” when no one asked for that.

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I absolutely agree, we did the same only to find out it doesn’t work that way. As a freelance designer (with a team of 1), I work with three devs in one external company. They also purchased a Pro plan thinking it would mean I could share my files with them and they could access dev mode, but no. I now need to potentially add all three of them as full editors and pay for each monthly – as and when they need access. It sucks big time. The only work-around suggested elsewhere is to ‘give them’ my design file and add it to their team. They have given me member access to their team, costing them another full seat. That requires me to be a member of their team and they would also need 3 member seats for their developers. So, I am still trying to work out whether this means they don’t need their own paid plan after all. I haven’t tested this yet, I am about to do so! Very very frustrating and lack of transparency from Figma is really annoying.

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I’m not seeing much response from Figma across these related threads. Has anyone heard back on what we can expect regarding the problems many are having with Dev Mode? Thanks! :slight_smile:

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I know they are reading the forum, because some of us have received direct contact in order to gather more information of particular cases. As far as I know, Figma didn’t expected such bad feedback with this, and they are thinking what to do next, but no promises made. I guess (and this is a personal opinion) they want to see what happens at the end of the month (or next months) when they review the consequences in their monthly income.

I have to praise the job of Figma’s designer advocates, because I think they are trying to do their best at something is not their fault, and who knows what’s happening behind the scenes. Probably they were told not to answer too much until CEO or Product Department decides something. What is clear is that somebody completely failed at their task of foresee customer’s behaviour.

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Thanks for the update @Rafastesia! Totally understand Figma has a bottomline to manage, but I think this is a big opportunity for Figma. imho, they have a chance to earn trust back with many users if they can show they are listening and will make a reasonable choice that benefits the community.

And yes, 100% on the advocates doing a great job engaging in a difficult situation. :slight_smile:

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Hi @SaschaW thanks for you comment. You basically nailed it.

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It was hard enough to get buy-in from the developers even without having to run it by the CFO first. Why isn’t the basic Dev mode just a part of the subscription for Pro and above? What justifies quadrupling the monthly cost of Figma (1 designer for 4-5 developers) to get functionality for people who spend less than 5 minutes in Figma per day?

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I work as a freelance designer on Figma (1 seat), and when I share it with the development team, I purchase a second seat so they can use the ‘development mode.’ For the year, tax-free, it costs me 360€.

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Are you sharing with more than one developer? Or a development Team account? I am also a freelancer working on two projects with different developers (for each project) in the same company. Sharing with two developers costs me $15 per developer = $30 per month plus VAT (UK). Is that your experience?

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+1. There is no way most teams can justify adding a new editor seat (full seat) just to be able to view variables and inspect stuff. The pricing is insane. I have 7 designers and 20 developers, this does not scale at all. And the developers should not be able to edit design files, they should have seats with only developer features.

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It would make them a lot more money if small companies, studios and freelancers could adhere to this as well. But they will be moving to other tools like Zeplin or paying for third-party plugins instead.

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