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We Gave Adobe Experience Design (XD) a Try. You Should Too.

We like trying new tools, especially ones that aim to improve our design workflow. The faster we can get to a clickable prototype, the faster we can see what works – and what doesn’t. Adobe’s latest all-in-one UX design tool is still in beta, and we’re sure there’s more to come, but we decided to give it a test drive. Here’s what we like so far:

Align objects in a snap.

When everything needs to line up just right, Adobe comes through. XD makes it easy to see the relationships between multiple objects on the page.

Spacing Final

Replicate items with ease.

The Repeat Grid tool lets you replicate any item or groups of items vertically and horizontally with a simple click-and-drag. This saves us tons of time when it comes to creating and editing lists.

Grid Final

Quickly transition from wireframe to visual design.

It’s in the details. The ability to batch-edit content, both image and text, is a big time-saver for us iterators. That, as well as XD’s thoughtful transform interactions (changing a square to a circle has never been so rewarding).

Circle Final

Although Adobe XD is already a useful tool, it’s not quite ready for prime time. Here’s why:

  • You can’t underline text. A small issue, but this makes a chore out of repetitive tasks (like clearly defining links on the page).
  • There are no interactive html elements. Not being able to test interactions means we’ll still need to lean on other tools.
  • No text styles. It’s hard to keep things consistent without them.

Adobe XD shows plenty of promise and we can’t wait to see how it evolves. Download the beta at Adobe’s website here. You can also take a look at their feature request forum to see what’s being developed and help shape the program yourself.