Goodbye to Classic Layout and Embrace 🆕 Grid Layout!

We are delighted to announce removing the “Revert to Classic Layout” button for Grid Layouts in order to fully embrace the new Grid Layout as the foundation for building workbooks in Sigma.

We understand that you might have some questions about this decision, so let’s address them in a Q&A format:

Why are we removing the “Revert to Classic Layout” button?

The new Grid Layout represents a remarkable improvement over the old layout, boasting a plethora of feature enhancements and an overall improved user experience. Embracing the new layout will unlock unprecedented potential for your workbooks and elevate your productivity. To benefit from upcoming new features and capabilities for workbook building in Sigma, the Grid Layout will be necessary moving forward.

Why did we have the “Revert to Classic Layout” button in the first place?

During the Alpha and Beta testing phases, the new Grid Layout was a substantial undertaking that impacted various parts of our product. To accommodate a smooth transition and address any bugs or details, we temporarily provided the option to revert to the old layout.

Now that the feature has undergone rigorous testing and has been released for General Availability, we are confident in its stability and efficiency, rendering the “Revert to Classic Layout” button unnecessary.

What if I want the classic layout?
While the “Revert to Classic Layout” button is no longer available, we understand some users might have attachments to the old layout. You can still access the old layout using the version history feature. If you have a version of your workbook that was created using the old layout, you can revert back to that version.

However, we HIGHLY recommend upgrading all your workbooks to the new layout and embracing the future. By doing so, you will not only benefit from further improvements and feature additions but also position yourself for a seamless experience.

How is the Grid Layout better than the old layout?

The new Grid Layout introduces many features that elevate your work. We invite you to read our blog post here to learn more about these exciting improvements.

Is there anything that the classic layout had that the new Grid layout does not?

With the transition to the new layout, we no longer support Sections in the Page Overview. However, rest assured that we have carefully analyzed the main use cases for sections and ensured they can be achieved using the new layouts. Additionally, several features now provide parity with the functions previously available in Sections, including:

  • Multi-select elements
  • Duplicate the multiple elements
  • Move to: to move the multiple elements
  • NEW Page Break Element: to select where your page breaks should go
    • Option to expand tables to 1k rows on PDF exports

Will we retroactively update all existing workbooks’ old layouts to the new Grid layout?

Eventually, we aim to support a single layout system for all workbooks. While the automatic update of existing workbooks to the new Grid layout is still in the works, we assure you that we will provide a notification well in advance before making any changes. This way, you’ll have ample time to prepare and adapt.

When will we retroactively update the existing workbooks’ old layout to the new Grid layout?

Currently, the timing for the retroactive update of existing workbooks to the new Grid layout is to be determined (TBD). Rest assured, we will keep you informed and provide a clear communication regarding any future updates in this regard.

We hope our answers provided you with a better understanding of the changes and improvements related to the Grid Layouts. Your feedback and engagement are invaluable as we strive to provide the best possible experience for our Sigma users. As we continue to evolve, we encourage you to embrace the new layout and unlock the full potential of your workbooks.

The Sigma Product Team


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