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

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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.

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Yes this. We need this so badly.

Also assigning auto layout should detect alignment and use that. Not realign everything to top. Even better, being able to adjust individual objects.

Not sure if it can be considered a bug, but I just discovered that if you create a Grid style out of a Layout grid, in a frame, and then apply Auto layout, the frame will keep both :slight_smile:

Screenshot 2022-02-17 at 14.43.58

This would be extremely useful. Grids are also used to check alignements etc… And considering we now have “absolute position” it’s hard to position perfectly something with absolute position in an autolayout without displaying a grid to do so (you have to do math and use X and Y position or position and check the alignement later etc…). Using autolayout feature but allowing to display or not a grid on top of that would help a lot.