These are the guidelines and best practices on when and how to provide users with feedback as they interact with your plugin.

  • Alerts
  • Success
  • Output
  • Permission dialogs
  • Loaders and Progress bars
  • Examples

Provide users with feedback as they interact with your plugin, this can be alert and success messaging, permission dialogs or loaders and progress bars to let them know something is running in the background. Below is a guide to help determine where to render plugin messages.

Plugin Messaging flow chart
Figure: Plugin Messaging flow chart


Use case
Use alert messaging whenever the plugin cannot perform the intended task, dialogs are persistent until dismissed

Aler dialog requirements
Figure: Aler dialog requirements

UX Requirements

Have a clear header that describes the error

Explain what error was encountered and give a clear actionable solution. Also, avoid blaming the user or XD.

Dialog buttons
Include at least one modal dismissal button to allow the user to dismiss/close the modal

Alert Dialog Best Practices
Figure: Alert Dialog Best Practices

Best practices

Warning icon
To help communicate critical information for an error you can include a warning icon next to the header

If a plugin has a help page, consider adding it to the error modal dialog.

Provide image/GIF example as part of the dialog, to help users understand the actionable solution

In the alert messages use language that is easy to understand for the user.


Use case
Use success messaging whenever the plugin successfully completes a task and has no visual output on the canvas.

Alert Success Dialog example
Figure: Alert Success Dialog example

UX Requirements

Have a clear header for the dialog.

Explain what the plugin successfully completed, if it is not visually apparent to the user.

Dialog buttons
Include at least one modal dismissal button to allow the user to dismiss/close the modal.


Use case
If a plugin generates output that the user needs to complete a workflow, then the plugin needs to provide that information to the user.

Plugin output example
Figure: Plugin output example

UX Requirements

Plugin output
In use cases like these, the plugin output can be shown in the UI, copied onto the clipboard, populated on the document or generate a file.

Copied onto the clipboard - the plugin can add copy to the clipboard and provides the user with instructions through the UI.

Require users to go into the developer console to complete an action.

Permission dialogs

Use case
Use permission dialogs when being destructive or making modifications.

Permission dialog example
Figure: Permission dialog example

UX Requirements

Have a clear header for the dialog.

Explain the destructive action or modification and ask for the user’s permission

Dialog buttons
Include a modal dismissal button to allow the user to cancel/close the modal and a negative button (red) to highlight that action.

Key Commands
Esc key or Enter key Dismisses the dialog when the “Cancel” button is in focus

Loaders and Progress bars

Let the user know when something is happening in the background in the plugin UI.

Best practices

Determinate use case
Use case If the progress can be reflected on a loader.

Determinate example
Figure: Determinate example

Indeterminate use case
If the progress can’t be determined then provide a loader to let the user know something is loading.

Indeterminate example
Figure: Indeterminate example


Operation failed to complete
Figure: Operation failed to complete

Operation failed to complete
Error dialog - when a plugin can’t complete an operation, render an error dialog to let the user know the operation failed and why it failed.

Network connectivity issue
Figure: Network connectivity issue

Network connectivity issue
Information dialog - if the plugin is unable to connect to the internet to complete an action, then use an information modal dialog to communicate that to the user.

Message example
Figure: Message example

Unable to share
“An error occurred while sharing your project. Please verify the email. address and try again”.

Network connectivity
“Please connect to WiFi to sync your tasks to your product management tool”.

Panel UI messaging

Panel Messaging example
Figure: Panel Messaging example

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