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Include the ability to add grids into autolayouts

Lately we only use autolayouts in our projects, and sometimes we need to check with a grid, so we frame the autolayout add a grid, and then delete the frame again.
It would be great if we could add grids directly into autolayouts


In your documentation, you say that Auto Layout cannot be used with Layout Grids, and the program reflects this (when you add either one, the other option disappears from the UI).

However, I was able to add layout grids to my auto layout today, one time, and then I was really confused because I couldn’t do it again. Well, I figured it out: you just select the layout grid(s) from another frame and CTRL + C them, and then CTRL + V them onto an auto layout frame.

And so, I just wanted to point out that this is possible, and while it doesn’t always make sense, sometimes its helpful just to have the visuals to see if/how everything lines up.

After all, Auto Layouts introduce an enormous number of possible layout schematics (how everything aligns, resizes, etc). I feel like excluding layout grid functionality from auto layouts is a mistake! Also, I don’t think reversing this limitation from the UI would be terribly difficult!

Hi! I just figured this out: you can copy+paste the grids onto auto layout frames, and then the feature is magically turned on!

Layout Grids are selectable (its a little tricky, but you can select one grid “layer”, just as you can select fill “layers”), then press CTRL/CMD + C. Then select the auto layout frame, and CTRL/CMD + V.

Good luck!

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Missing the grid feature in Auto Layout Frames. It should affect alignment and resizing.