What’s new in Figma: November 2021

Jillian Smith
Marketing, Figma

Moving fast while staying on the same page as a team is the North Star for any project. Whether it’s ideating, iterating, or gathering feedback, every small action presents an opportunity to streamline work and bring others along for the ride.

This month, we introduced capabilities that move you from task to task faster and make it easier to share and act on feedback, so you can take ideas from good to great. Read on to learn more about these updates.

Share, manage, and act on feedback faster

Taking great ideas from pie-in-the-sky concepts to concrete deliverables takes feedback—and lots of it—from people across functions. To make it easier for teams to share and act on feedback throughout the design process, we’ve introduced changes to comments.

Comments are now bolder and easier to spot in both Figma and FigJam. Plus, adding and responding to comments is more intuitive, so it takes less effort to collect feedback from collaborators and incorporate it into your work.

Get your message across with audio captions

A few months ago, we launched audio to give teams more ways to communicate and jam together in the same file. To improve this experience for our deaf and hard of hearing users, we recently made closed captioning available in beta on the Figma desktop app.

Now, when someone shares feedback on an audio call, it’s more obvious who’s talking and what’s they're saying. This change will help ensure that everyone in the file can engage in important discussions.

Explore a new plugin for keyboard power users

Plugins open up new possibilities for streamlining work and enhancing your ideas and designs. Our newest class of plugin is more accessible to users and more efficient for developers to build. Now, developers can create plugins that leverage the quick actions bar, so Figma users can run plugins without leaving their keyboard.

  • As a Figma user, you can use ⌘ + / (or in Windows: ctrl + /) to open the quick actions bar, and then fully run plugins in Figma or FigJam—no mouse-clicks necessary.
  • As a developer, you can update your plugin to accept parameters as input. This lets users search for and enter commands for your plugin through the quick actions bar. You can even add custom autocomplete logic to your plugin’s commands, so you can spend less time building plugin UIs and more time focusing on core plugin functionality.

Developers can also add parameters to an existing plugin without changing how the original plugin works. For example, Wirebox now allows users to specify color options for their wireframes and Unsplash empowers designers to access images even more quickly.

Try out plugins that use parameters in the Figma Community.

For even more detailed improvements, make sure to check out the release notes. And if you have any other feature requests, we’d love to hear them! Feel free to share with us on Twitter or in the Figma Support Forum.