Spell check. Text review API. 2022 Design Tools Survey.
There once was a tool called Figma
That made spelling errors a drama
But now with native spell check
Grammar mistakes are a speck
Prototyping’s swift, teams can transfer like llama!
Thanks ChatGPT for generating this limerick from last week’s news! Now on to the human edition.
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Native spell check is now available in Figma and FigJam
Review and fix spelling errors without relying on plugins! Works with any language supported on your operating system. Developer Advocate Jake Albaugh shared that they’re also moving the text review API out of beta — now plugins can highlight text and make suggestions (more on this below). See also early ideas for this launch that helped shape the concept but didn’t make it to the final campaign from Brand Designer Remilla Ty. For tips on using a spell checker, check out a short thread by Molly Hellmuth.
Speed up prototype creation
“You can create connections from multiple objects to the same destination frame at once — saving you time and effort when building out your prototype flows. To do so, select multiple starting hotspots on your canvas, then click and drag the + icon to the destination.” See Nikolas Klein showing the feature in action, or watch “Office hours: Prototyping like a Pro” below for a deep dive.
Team and Project Transfer
“Customers can collaborate confidently with agencies and companies, knowing that the right company can own the work. Customers on Professional, Organization, and Enterprise plans can now transfer teams and projects from one company to another in a few clicks, and customers on Organization and Enterprise plans can receive transfers.”
How Magician uses Figma’s text review API
An interview with Jordan Singer from Diagram, who built Magician and participated in the text review API beta, exploring what this API enables and sharing tips on navigating the “untapped intersection of product design and AI.”
I shared Magician before, but in Jordan’s own words it’s “a design tool for Figma made by Diagram that introduces AI into designer workflows to expand your creativity and imagination as you design. It’s a magical utility that works alongside you to help ideate and inspire you with new ideas, whether it’s generating never-before-seen icons, imagery to use in your designs, or help with writer's block.”
2022 Design Tools Survey
10 Days of Figma Tips
From December 5th to 16th, Figma Designer Advocates add a new tip to this community file every day. So far they’ve covered Auto Layout shortcuts, color override preservation in icons, presenting with the Figma app, and a few oldies but goodies.
Design System Overrides
In a short thread, Nitish Khagwal explains how instance overrides work in Figma.
Office hours: Prototyping like a Pro
“Prototyping in Figma just got an update. In this livestream, Designer Advocate Ana Boyer and Product Designer Nikolas Klein will walk you through adding videos to prototypes, how to build and edit multi-flow prototypes, faster, and demonstrate how to bring others along. Community members Mirko Santangelo and Jannis Smesny will also join to demo how they use the new features.”
Create the Quickest Portfolio in Just 15 Minutes
If you’ve been hearing the hype about Framer on #designtwitter and are curious to give it a try, check out this quick tutorial on bringing your design from Figma to Framer and building a website without writing code.
Noise & Texture
Rogie’s plugin for generating tiling noise and textures for fills and strokes is finally out of beta and publicly available. It’s essential for any illustration or art work. Check out a video walkthrough and upvote it on ProductHunt.
Figma Tokens becomes Tokens Studio for Figma
Jan Six rebranded his popular Figma Tokens plugin to ”Tokens Studio for Figma“. The plugin will stay as it is, the only thing that changes is its name. The team is also working on a dedicated design tokens manager that can be used with any tool. I don’t have any insight into this, but pretty sure the plugin was renamed so it won’t clash with the upcoming native tokens 👀
PodRocket podcast with Dylan Field
Dylan Field shares his thoughts on “Neopets, early MySpace collabs with Eric Lu, the importance of asking ‘why now’ when building new products, the future of web development and the future”.
How This European VC Landed A $2.6 Billion Windfall From Adobe’s Figma Takeover
Forbes speaks with Danny Rimer from Index Ventures about investing in Figma, working with Dylan Field, the fund’s artisan approach, and how his passion for art and creators has helped him connect with entrepreneurs.