Jonah Van Why
Photoshop: what started off as a simple program for adjusting contrast and cropping images has evolved into a cumbersome web design tool; asset export is messy, artboards cause slowdown, and decent features such as paragraph styling are hidden beneath the shapeshifting user-interface. Sketch and now InVision Studio both attempt to address these concerns, but Adobe has delivered a tool apart from Photoshop that bests both: Adobe XD. Here are 12 reasons Adobe XD is the only web design program your team needs.
1.) Multiple pages in one file encourage consistent design, and symbol, color, and type libraries simplify edits.
2.) Adobe XD Mobile includes live preview, file storage, and is available on multiple operating systems and devices.
3.) Designing and navigating artboards is visibly faster than Photoshop.
4.) Multiple pages in one design file allows for a quick inspection and note taking.
5.) Smart guides and grids allow for efficient measurements. Select an object and hold down “option” to view.
6.) Exporting is easy. Simply select the assets and hit “command+e.” Exporting multiple sizes at the same time is also option for high-res screens.
7.) Prototypes, unlike static designs, will give the client a better idea of the user’s experience.
8.) Multiple client contacts can view and comment on the same prototype links.
9.) Wireframing and content map kits will allow ideation with little design experience.
10.) It’s cheaper than Photoshop, by about $10 a month
11.) It’s included in the creative Cloud.
12.) The interface’s simplicity speeds onboarding. It won’t take more than an hour to learn.
These reasons provide a glimpse of what XD has to offer, and Adobe continues to introduce new features. 2018 should bring a browser-based file inspection feature and a collaborative cloud editing mode. Just finishing touches on a tool that improves the web design experience of Photoshop while learning from the mistakes of Sketch. We’re excited to add XD to our arsenal and can’t wait to push it to its limits throughout 2018.