Adobe promises not to abandon Figma’s free plan or ruin its simplicity

Following Adobe’s deal to acquire Figma for $20 billion earlier this month, the company is keen to allay concerns that Figma will change, become more expensive and lose its free tier.

In an interview with Bloomberg(Opens in a new window), Adobe Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky has confirmed that none of these things will happen. Belsky said Adobe realizes that Figma customers appreciate its simplicity, and it’s not going to spoil that. Instead, the planned changes appear to be limited to adding photo, video, and illustration editing, as well as the ability to link projects from some of Adobe’s other apps.

Figma offers a free base tier, and Belsky made it clear that it won’t go away because “we don’t want to fix something that works really well.” The current price of $12 per month for Figma Professional or $45 per month for Figma Organization also won’t change anytime soon, assuming the acquisition gets past regulators.

Another key decision, which is sure to please Figma’s user base, is Adobe’s commitment to maintaining the platform’s file sharing without additional licensing fees. Another key commitment: No one will need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to work on a Figma document.

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One comment that may surprise Adobe customers is the lack of clarity about Adobe XD’s future. XD competes with Figma, and Belsky admits that Adobe “will have to re-evaluate where we want to move our resources and focus” once the Figma deal closes.

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