Figma Autolayout version 3 updated 2020 : Huge feature update!

November 19, 2020
autolayout
Source: Figma

What is hug content? Still figuring it out.

I would need to try out more and really get into the new auto layout. And plan how I would use it for my design system. But very excited about this update!

Today while working on building a new design library. I stumbled open a change on right sidebar in Figma. What is hug content? Didn’t get what this was doing. And saw a notification that a new auto layout is released!

So many options!

Source : Figma, Layout and padding options are added.
Source : Figma, More options with resizing make your component super flexible.

It really hard to explain. There are so many things added. Here is what I see in first glance.

Source : Figma, Resizing options like hug content, fixed height, fit

Need to try out auto layout yourself.

Because there are so many new options. You need to try out to actually figure it out. I was checking it out for an hour. Still I would need more time to really use it as I intend it. Figma provides this playground explaining what’s new. And examples to demonstrate the features. Check out link below.

Playground to try out in Figma

Auto layout documentation

How does it compare with Sketch?

Even though Sketch introduced auto layout first. Ability of Figma enabling auto layouts not just for symbols(components), It’s really powerful with nested auto layouts with frames in Figma. So it will be flexible for components to be responsive and flexible with content.

I would need to try out more and really get into the new auto layout. And see how I would use it for my design system. But very excited about this update!