Today, Adobe announces the official name for the all-in-one tool for UX designers: Adobe Experience Design CC, or Adobe XD. If it sounds powerful—that’s because it is! Let’s take a look.
3 Ways Adobe XD Solves UX Designers’ Problems
Adobe XD is meant to be everything a web or mobile app designer needs, from wireframing and visual design to interaction and previewing of content.
First, the idea is for it to eliminate any friction in the process that limits your creativity. Second, Adobe XD is all about high speed and high performance. “We’ve focused on areas where we can really speed up the design process,” says Andrew Shorten, director of product management.
For example, in Adobe XD, you have the option to utilize a UI kit within the program or create something completely custom. In addition, all of the screens in your project will appear as artboards on a large canvas, and adding interaction between them is as easy as drawing lines from one screen to another.
And third, the tool is being built to address all part of the problems you, as a UX designer, solve during UX projects. Once you give Adobe XD a try, you may find you can end subscriptions to a variety of other tools, thanks to Adobe XD’s all-in-one nature.
Perhaps beta tester Marc Hemion, CEO and founder of Design Inc., sums up the primary features of Adobe XD best when he says:
“XD positions itself very well because I can sketch a few ideas out, get a prototype, get it on my phone, and just very rapidly change it in real time. Super simple, super fast, super easy to use.”
[Want to find out why you shouldn’t stop at designing screens but take UX further than ever before? Check out The Future of User Experience Lies in your Hands, a workshop from user experience expert Paul Boag.]
Free Preview of Adobe Experience Design CC
In order to build the best tool possible, Adobe put Adobe XD through a rigorous pre-release program with built-in partnerships with actual UX designers, and they plan to continue this collaboration with additional users (psst, they’re lookin’ at you!)
Starting today, March 14, Adobe is offering a free public preview on Mac OS X for anyone with an Adobe ID. What are you waiting for? Check it out, and let us know what you think!