So many great things in a single announcement! New pricing starting February 2022 ($0-5/editor/month), open sessions, widgets, plugins, embedded content, as well as new shapes, code blocks, and templates.
Interactive Components are now available to everyone! Thanks to this powerful feature, we can now create reusable and shareable interactive elements for design systems and prototypes. (If you didn’t participate in the beta and want to catch up with new possibilities, check out the Interactive Components topic at the Figmalion website or this Twitter thread by Figma.)
“For the infrastructure team, the question was: how do we empower our product engineers to build these real-time views easily, while abstracting away the complexity of pushing data back and forth? To provide a general solution to this fundamental business need, we developed LiveGraph, a data fetching layer on top of Postgres that allows our frontend code to request real-time data subscriptions expressed with GraphQL.”
“Today’s launch of Anima 5 marks another milestone on our mission to perfect the design-to-development workflow: truly functioning Material Design in Figma and Adobe XD. This means you can now build prototypes using actual code-based Material UI components.”
“Creating components with automated sizing behavior saves a lot of time during the process. They also let us think more like a developer that has to implement the real application. That is why it is essential to master Constraints and Auto Layout in Figma.”
John Fuetsch, Software Engineer at Figma, explains why they’ve built branching. “Branches are exploratory spaces that enable designers to try new ideas without changing the main file until they’re ready and approved. They are especially useful for preserving the integrity of approved designs, while making room for work that’s experimental or iterative in nature, like contributing to a design library and previewing work for stakeholders.”
“Last year, the Figma security team built a simple solution for zero-trust shell access on AWS. To do this, they leveraged AWS SSO and Systems Manager, an umbrella of services that provide monitoring and remote administration capabilities over various AWS resources. In this post, Security Engineer Hongyi Hu explains how the team designed the system and shares some tips to help other teams secure Systems Manager and protect their most sensitive data.”