design · Clock2 min · 04 Sep 2019

7 Reasons Why We Switched from Sketch to Figma

Vladislav Luchkovski

Vladislav Luchkovski

Designer

figma and sketch comparison
Illustration by Amir Kerr

Over the last few years, we have been using Sketch and have loved most of its features. However, recently we’ve moved to Figma. Why? We’re always striving to improve our internal processes and use the best tools to ensure our clients get the best apps possible.

Here are 7 reasons why Figma is currently better than Sketch:

1. All platforms

Figma allows you to open screen layouts from desktop applications and, attention, even from a browser! This is especially convenient for Android developers who have traditionally suffered trying to open .sketch files on their Windows or Linux PCs.

2. Everything is in the cloud

All layouts of all projects are always available and always at hand. It’s comfortable to work with them, they are easy to share, and they cannot be lost. Also, the development team will always be able to see the current version of the design with all the latest changes.

3. User management

In our work, it is important to provide access to the most recent design version to several users at once: developers, project managers, and customers. Figma allows you to quickly share the projects with access by link, as well.

4. Clickable prototypes

Clickable prototyping functionality is available directly in Figma. There is no need to export the mock-ups into a separate prototyping tool, and any changes made by the UI designer are immediately visible in the prototypes. Here’s what a typical project looks like after all the relationships between the frames are configured.

5. Animations out of the box

What could be better than showing the customer and the team the type of application as close as possible to the finished product? We use the animation functionality built into Figma to achieve the most realistic behavior of our prototypes.

6. Work on one project in real-time

Imagine that you have one .sketch file and several designers who are editing it. Whatever solution to this problem you come up with, it will be less convenient than the simultaneous work on layouts in Figma.

7. Version history

 In Google Docs, you can always restore any previous version of a document. And, probably, everyone had situations when this function was very helpful. Figma has the same feature all changes are logged, and you can easily roll back the project to any of its previous states.

Besides, Figma is still a completely freeware tool. Although taking into account the points above, as soon as they add monetization, the number of their users should not change significantly. We, for example, are definitely not going anywhere.

About Orangesoft
Orangesoft is the leader in mobile app design and development. We provide a full cycle of development services: from ideation to post-release support. Orangesoft clients include IKEA, Adidas, Hamleys, CoachNow, Sport.com.

Can you open Sketch files in Figma?

Yes, you can. Users of any Figma plan can import Sketch files without any change in design. However, you will need to have Edit access to import a Sketch file to a team.

Can Sketch open Figma files?

Figma export possibilities do not allow to open Figma files in Sketch for now.

Is Figma easy to use?

Figma is a cloud-based design tool with plenty of tutorials around the internets. It has a simple design process that boosts team collaboration efficiency.

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