XD is Adobe’s tool for helping user experience and user interface designers prototype and wireframe new mobile and web applications. the corporate started testing this application back in 2016; these days, it’s finally coming out of beta. XD (which was previously called the Adobe experience design tool) has currently hit its 1.0 release, because the company declared at its annual max conference yesterday .
As Adobe group product manager for XD Cisco Guzman told me, “XD is all about designing at the speed of thought.” With over a million downloads, XD clearly hit a nerve within the industry and variety of firms already adopted it as a core tool even during the beta.
“Being a designer in today’s trendy environment is really less about simply making the aesthetics of visual design or the workflows that a ux designer might be tasked with or the interactions that a UI designer would be targeted on,” Guzman noted. “It’s actually about working with individuals and failing quick and early.” so that’s what Adobe targeted on in developing XD: building the tools that make sure that designers will spend their time designing and not worry about wasting their time on replicating things for multiple resolutions, as an example.
So with XD, designers will currently easily wireframe their solutions, create low- or high-fidelity designs and simply transition between their artboards and interactive prototypes. And when they ar done, they’ll easily export their assets for production use. “XD is a UX/UI solution for designers who need to start their day with an application and hang their hat on it at the end of the day,” Guzman joked.
Over the course of the beta test, the company closely listened to feedback and added numerous options and created lots of changes to XD. That meant making it easier to working with repeating colours, symbols or patterns, for example, but also adding an annotation feature in addition to the existing commenting feature for team collaboration. The team also used now to improve the overall speed of the application, which is something Guzman mentioned a number of times during our call and which gives the app a very fluid feel.
Looking ahead, Guzman says that its team isn’t done yet. “We’re looking for all those places where friction exists and also the designer has to do time working on things that don’t relate to the core strengths of a designer,” he told me — and that’s the guiding philosophy for the continued development of XD, too.
Specifically, though, the company says that it’ll still focus on core tools to add features like JPG export and support for layout grids, for example. There also are a lot of third-party integration with tools like Zeplin and Sympli shortly, as well because the ability to publish design specs.